Turbaned Sikh PIO Jagmeet Singh could secure the vote of 69% Canadians who in an online poll said they would consider voting for a leader who carries a kirpan and wears a turban. The survey was conducted by Angus Reid Institute. It is non-profit federal bias-free research foundation for public opinion founded in 2014, as quoted by the Times of India.
The survey has revealed that Canadians were further excited regarding Sikh PIO Jagmeet Singh who represents an apparent minority. 71% of the respondents agreed that having a member of apparent minority leader to head a major political party is good for Canada as a whole.
The survey has also revealed that Sikh PIO Jagmeet Singh’s win was a landmark and garnered a great deal of media limelight. However many Canadians are yet to familiarize with him. 33% of the respondents in the survey said that they had earlier never heard of Sikh PIO Jagmeet Singh.
Around 36% were familiar with his name but did not have much detail. On the other hand, 43% across Canada said that National Democratic Party had a true vision for the future. Meanwhile, 40% said that the party can be entrusted with faith to efficiently manage the government.
The survey also revealed that 77% of the respondents concur that finally only the policies of a party matter and the leader’s cultural or religious identity should not be given much significance.
In Quebec, debates regarding religious symbols worn by public officials and accepting religious minorities form a part of the ongoing political process and recent history. This province had offered the National Democratic Party the majority of seats in 2011 elections that gave the party the official status of the opposition party.
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