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Jagmeet Singh becomes first non-white to lead a major party in Canada
- TEAM PT
Jagmeet Singh becomes first non-white to lead a major party in Canada



The 38-year-old lawyer, Jagmeet Singh, made history on Sunday as he became the first non-white politician, and obviously the first person of Indian and Sikh heritage, to be elected leader of one of Canada’s three largest national political parties.
 
Jagmeet Singh, the Ontario provincial lawmaker, was elected on the first ballot to lead the party into the 2019 election against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals.

He won the decisive first-ballot victory over three other candidates by receiving 53.6 % of the vote.
 
He will now captain the New Democratic Party of Canada (NDP) in the next federal election to be held in October 2019.
 
He announced to officially launch his campaign to be Prime Minister of Canada. "I am officially launching my campaign to be the next Prime Minster of Canada," he told the cheering crowd in his speech moments after the result was declared on Sunday after a single round of voting ended on Sunday.
 
"We are the party that is building a better Canada. It is in us and it is in us that you can see the future of our country, helping our country with a New Democratic government," he told cheering party supporters.
 
In his acceptance speech, Singh described his win as "an incredibly profound honour”. He also announced the beginning of the 2019 race to lead Canada, as he said, "Canadians deserve a government that understands the struggles that people are facing right now. Most importantly, Canadians deserve a government that gets the job done. That’s why today I’m officially launching my campaign to be the next prime minister of Canada.”
 
He now has the difficult task of rebuilding the party that lost 59 seats in the 2015 election.

"This race has renewed excitement in our party," Singh said, calling the win an "incredibly profound honour".

The New Democratic Party is currently at the third place in Canada's Parliament, with 44 of 338 seats. The party has never held power.

In the 2011 General Election, the party made historic gains only to lose almost a million votes - mostly to Trudeau's Liberals - four years later.

Cheers and applause broke out among NDP members who had gathered at the venue for the announcement of the result. Four candidates were in the race for the leadership, but as the numbers for the first three were announced, it became obvious Singh had managed to gather well over the percentage needed to prevent another round of balloting, which was scheduled for October 8.
 
A lawyer by profession, who has been speaking up on human rights issues without mincing words, Jagmeet is also recognized for his fashion statement and style.

Only this year American style magazine GQ featured him with headline "The incredibly well-dressed rising star in Canadian politics". He had announced his bidding in May before a gathering at Brampton after months of speculation on the subject.

Recently he won accolades with his deft handling and apt response when he was confronted by a woman with angry and Islamophobic remarks.

Jagmeet, a second generation Sikh-Punjabi in Canada and in the past also shared his personal story recalling his childhood days that how he was bullied because he had "a funny sounding name, brown skin and long hair," but he learnt to stand up for himself. 
 
Jagmeet eloquently speaks in English, French and Punjabi. He had pitched himself against MPs who had higher national profiles.
 
Born in 1979 in Scarborough, Ontario, to immigrant parents from Punjab, Singh grew up in St John's, Newfoundland and Labrador and Windsor, Ontario.

He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of Western Ontario in 2001 and a Bachelor of Laws degree from York University's Osgoode Hall Law School in 2005.

He worked as a criminal defence lawyer in the Greater Toronto Area before entering politics.

Sikhs account for roughly 1.4 per cent of Canada's population. The country's defence minister is also from the community.
 
In December 2013 Jagmeet was denied visa by India, He had said that he was denied visa by the Indian authorities while he was to come visit Amritsar for attending an Awards ceremony by two NGOs which selected him for Sikh of the Year Award. He had told TOI that the Indian government was apparently annoyed with him strongly raising voice of justice for victims of anti Sikh riots of November 1984."I have been propagating the issue that these were not riots between two communities but a state sponsored massacre," Jagmeet had said.
 
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