He is the first person of color to lead a federal party in Canadian history and the World Sikh Organization of Canada hailed his victory as “a historical milestone” for Sikh-Canadians.
The New Democratic Party (NDP) recently announced that Jagmeet Singh had earned 53.6 percent of the vote in a months-long leadership race and was officially the party’s new federal leader.
It was a resounding vote of confidence for the 38-year-old provincial politician from Ontario. His closest challenger for the party’s top spot garnered only 19.3 percent of 65,782 total votes cast.
Who is he?
— Jagmeet Singh (@theJagmeetSingh) October 1, 2017
Born in 1979, in Scarborough, Metropolitan Toronto, Singh is the oldest of four children born to Sikh immigrant parents from India’s Punjab region. He later moved to Windsor, Ontario aged seven.
He is the first turban-wearing Sikh to lead a federal party in Canadian history and the World Sikh Organization of Canada hailed his victory as “a historical milestone” for Sikh-Canadians.
He previously represented the provincial riding of Bramalea—Gore—Malton in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario as a member of the Ontario New Democratic Party since 2011 and served as deputy leader of the Ontario NDP from 2015 to 2017.
During his campaign for party leader, Singh focused on four key policy areas: fighting climate change, reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, electoral reform and inequality.
Singh has built a reputation as a progressive force in Canadian politics, choosing “With Love and Courage” as his campaign slogan. He recently gained internet fame after a video swept social media networks, depicting him putting his slogan into practice when confronted by a racist heckler.