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Meet Jagmeet Singh: Sikh lawyer, martial artist and new NDP leader

Singh says his fashion sense helps disarm stereotypes about Sikhs with turbans and long beards

By Peter Zimonjic, CBC News Posted: Oct 01, 2017 3:34 PM ET Last Updated: Oct 01, 2017 3:58 PM ET

New NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is fluent in English, French and Punjabi. The Ontario MPP is also a trained martial artist and a criminal defence lawyer who grew up in Newfoundland and Labrador and Ontario.
 
 

Jagmeet Singh, the first turban-wearing Sikh to sit in Ontario's legislature, will now lead a federal political party with his victory in the NDP leadership race on Sunday.

Singh, 38, won on the first ballot Sunday, taking 53 per cent of the vote to top MPs Charlie Angus, Niki Ashton and Guy Caron.

Singh has represented the riding of Bramalea-Gore-Malton at Queen's Park since 2011. The unmarried MPP served as the Ontario NDP party's critic for justice and consumer services before party leader Andrea Horwath named him her deputy in 2015.

A criminal defence lawyer who speaks fluent French and Punjabi, Singh was born in Scarborough, Ont., in 1979.

Singh was raised in Newfoundland and Labrador while his father, who trained as a psychiatrist in India, attended medical school there and worked as a security guard before he could practise in Canada.  

His family moved to Windsor, Ont., when he was seven years old.

Learning to fight 

 

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/jagmeet-singh-profile-biography-win-1.4315780

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Federal New Democratic Party Leader Jagmeet Singh pulled back the curtain on his closely guarded private life, letting Canadians know Tuesday night that he is engaged.

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OTTAWA—Jagmeet Singh is working for free.

The federal NDP leader — who isn’t on the public payroll because he remains unelected — has never drawn a salary from his party and doesn’t intend to receive a paycheque until its finances “significantly” improve, his press secretary says.

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I doubt that he will win the election in 2019 but the fact that he is contributing to bringing Sikhs on the map and mainstreaming the Roop is a great success in itself. Maybe in 2030-2040 a Sikh will be able to rule a western country :)  

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