Jagmeet Singh, an Ontario provincial lawmaker, was on Monday elected the leader of Canada's New Democratic Party. With this, Singh has become the first non-white politician to head a major political party in Canada.
Jagmeet Singh, an Ontario provincial lawmaker, was on Monday elected the leader of Canada’s New Democratic Party. With this, Singh has become the first non-white politician to head a major political party in Canada. The 38-year old will lead the New Democratic Party into the 2019 federal election, as per PTI. Singh will now campaign against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals. After getting elected with 53.6 per cent of the vote on Sunday, Singh said,”I am officially launching my campaign to be the next prime minister of Canada” amid cheering crowd. Singh was born to immigrant parents from Punjab in 1979 at Scarborough, Ontario. He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of Western Ontario in 2001 and a Bachelor of Laws degree from York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School in 2005, as per The Indian Express.
Here the interesting facts that you should know about Jagmeet Singh:
1. Jagmeet Singh is a charismatic Sikh politician, whose penchant for colorful turbans and tailor-made three-piece suits has made him a social media star. He is quite vocal about of the rights of people of colour and the LGBT community, as per The Times of India.
2. He is now Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau’s newest political rival. But his task of rebuilding the party is going to be a tough challenge as it lost 59 seats in the 2015 election. The New Democratic Party is currently at the third place in Canada’s Parliament, with 44 of 338 seats. The party has never held power, PTI reported.
3. In December 2013 the Indian government had denied him visa. At that time, he was a member of the provincial parliament (MPP) in Ontario. According to Hindustan Times report, this made him perhaps the first sitting member of a Western legislature to have been barred from travelling to India.
4. In 2016, Singh moved a motion in the assembly seeking to describe the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in India as “genocide.” Singh was one of the leaders who severely criticised the Indian government during the debate, as per HT.
5. In September this year, Singh gained global attention after a video from his campaign event, ‘Jagmeet and Greet’, went viral on social media. The video showed a woman heckling Singh about the Muslim Brotherhood and the Sharia law, after interrupting his speech. He then countered the woman with his campaign motto of ‘love and courage,’ IE reported.
6. Singh said he would focus on issues of climate change, reconciliation with indigenous peoples, and electoral reform, The Globe and Mail reported.