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An Indian-origin Sikh lawyer becomes first non-white politician to lead a major party in Canada

An Indian origin Sikh lawyer becomes first non white politician to lead a major party in Canada pardesi news 1508213492

Jagmeet Singh, an Indian-origin lawyer becomes the first Sikh leader to lead major political party in Canada. Infact, he is the first non-white politician to lead a major party in Canada.

Jagmeet Singh, 38, primarily belonging to the minority group of Sikh-origin in Canada, became the elected leader of the New Democratic party of Canada. The announcement of the ballet results took place at the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel in Toronto, where it was declared that Jagmeet Singh had defeated the other three candidates by receiving 53.6% of the total votes.

Singh has described this victory to be “an incredibly profound honour” in his acceptance speech. He also stated that Canadians actually deserve a government that is able to comprehend and stand by their struggles. His primary agenda now is to rebuild the party which has lost 59 votes in the election of 2015.

Previously, in December 2014, Singh was denied a visa by India and has been critical of the Modi government in India, is a member of the Ontario provincial parliament, representing Bramalea-Gore-Malton. After winning the vote, as he also said his vision provided him with “the courage to fight the politics of fear, a politics of love to fight the growing politics of division”. The announcement was followed by a huge round of applause by his supporters who had gathered there. All of them waved and carried placards with the slogan of Singh’s campaign-‘Love and Courage’, the values central to Sikhism--form his motto.

Importantly, the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's cabinet already has four Sikhs, including defense minister Harjit Sajjan and infrastructure minister Amarjeet Sohi. In 2015, a record 19 Canadians of Indian origin were elected to the House of Commons. But Singh is Canada’s first ever non-white leader of a major political party. 

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