Jagmeet Singh becomes first Sikh to lead major Canadian party

02 October, 2017, 22:02 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
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The Ontario Federation of Labour congratulates Jagmeet Singh on winning the leadership of the New Democratic Party (NDP) in the leadership vote on October 1. Little more than half the party's 124,000 eligible voters, some 65,782 people, cast a ballot, with Singh tallying 35,266 votes to Angus's 12,705, Ashton's 11,374 and Caron's 6,164. "Because I was considered stylish, with these colourful turbans and well-cut suits and showing myself as confident person, I could use that as a tool to talk about things like unfairness, injustice, poverty, and inequality in the public sphere".

"Thank you, New Democrats".

"I don't have the words to capture this journey and how this feels right now".

The activists of the federal courses were convened in Toronto for the unveiling of the results of the first round of voting on Sunday.

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He won the decisive first-ballot victory over three other candidates by receiving 53.6 percent of the vote.

In his legislature speech on the motion, Singh took a few jabs at federal Liberal Finance Minister Bill Morneau for telling Canadians to get used to job churn and temporary work.

"I don't have that federal background", Singh said.

"Today is testament to an incredible team and thousands of volunteers and supporters who believed in us across the country", Singh said from the stage at the Westin Harbour Castle, where the results were revealed.

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He has termed the win as "incredibly profound honour".

"I think he has the energy and the enthusiasm, he ran a great campaign and I am very excited about having him as leader", Cannings said, adding he thrilled to see what Singh will do for the NDP.

Like his opponents, Singh's policy proposals included raising corporate tax rates, a $15 minimum wage, stronger climate change policy including an end to "fossil fuel subsidies", and mixed member proportional representation in federal elections.

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