Jagmeet Singh a Sikh lawyer has become the first immigrant origin head of Canada’s major political party the New Democratic Party. He becomes the first politician who is from a non-white background to head a major political party in Canada.
The lawmaker from Ontario province Jagmeet Singh has been elected to head the New Democratic Party to lead the party in the elections scheduled for 2019. He will be taking head on the Liberal Party headed by the current Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau, as quoted by The Hindu.
Mr. Singh received 53.6% of the votes cast in the first ballot vote triumphing over three more candidates. He has a penchant for vibrant turbans. Jagmeet Singh is the first immigrant origin head of a national party in Canada from a minority community. He faces the arduous challenge of restructuring the New Democratic Party that lost 59 parliamentary seats in the 2015 elections.
The excitement in the party has been renewed with the race said Jagmeet Singh who termed the victory as an immensely great honor. His party is at the third position in the Parliament of Canada as it won 44 seats out the total 338 seats. Mr. Singh elaborated on his agenda for elections by saying that he would focus on electoral reforms, a settlement with native people and climate change. He secured a Bachelors degree in science in Biology in Western Ontario University in 2001.
Mr. Singh then obtained the Bachelor’s degree in Law from the Osgoode Hall Law School of York University in 2005. Prior to plunging into politics, he worked as a criminal defense advocate in greater Toronto Area. Sikhs account for around 1.4% of the population of Canada.
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