Sikh man becomes first minority politician to lead major party in Canada

October 02, 2017 08:13 PM
    • Toronto , October 02, 2017 : Jagmeet Singh, the first turban-wearing Sikh will now lead a federal political party with his victory in the NDP leadership race on Sunday. As the leader of NDP, Jagmeet Singh will be the first Amritdhari ( Baptised ) Sikh to run for the prime ministership of the country in 2019 during Canada's next federal election .

      Jagmeet Singh got 53.6% of the vote in Sunday's leadership contest - well ahead of his three rivals. In total 65,782 votes were cast, with Singh taking 35,266 on the first ballot.

      A criminal defence lawyer, 38-year-old Jagmeet Singh will be the first South Asian ethnic minority leader to lead a major federal party in the country. He speaks fluent, English French and Punjabi.

      Jagmeet was born in the Toronto suburb of Scarborough and has lived in Newfoundland and Windsor, Ontario province of Canada. His parents belong to Thekriwal village in Barnala District.

      The NDP is currently the third place party in Canada's Parliament, with 44 of 338 seats. The left-of-centre party has never held power.

      Jagmeet after being elected leader of NDP said , "It is in us that you can see the future of our country, how great our country will be with a New Democratic government. "

      "To truly make Canadians' lives better, we owe it to them to form government,"he added.

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