If We Lift Up the People Around Us, We All Rise

Here’s an insight into the emboldened journey of Jagmeet Singh, Canadian Lawyer & Leader of New Democratic Party since 2017.

The journey of Jagmeet Singh, which started as a criminal defense lawyer, navigated a different turn when he contested the 2011 federal election in the federal riding of Bramalea—Gore—Malton which resulted in a narrow victory for Conservative opponent Bal Gosal;he became MPP in the overlapping provincial riding later that year. In 2015, he became Deputy Leader of the Ontario New Democratic Party, serving under Leader Andrea Horwath until 2017.

Singh announced his candidacy for the New Democratic Party leadership following a leadership review that resulted in a leadership election to replace Tom Mulcair. Despite entering the leadership race as a dark horse candidate who polled as low as 2% in early opinion polls, Singh emerged as the leading candidate in the contest and was elected Leader on October 1, 2017, with a first round vote of 53.8% in a field of four.

Upon his election, Singh became the first person of a visible minority group to lead a Canadian federal political party on a permanent basis, and the second overall after Bloc Québécois’ former interim leader Vivian Barbot. Singh is also the first turban-wearing Sikh to sit as a provincial legislator in Ontario. He has been recognized for his fashion and style sense in Canadian magazines and publications and is an active practitioner of Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

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