Jagmeet Singh is the next leader of the federal New Democratic Party of Canada, taking more than the 50% of the votes in the party’s federal leadership contest.
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.
Singh too 35,266 on the first ballot out of 65,782 votes.
He beat northern Ontario MP Charlie Angus who won 12,705 votes, Manitoba MP Niki Ashton who won 11,374 votes and Quebec MP Guy Caron who won 6,164 votes to claim the federal NDP’s top job.
Thanking his campaign teams that helped him and the other candidates in the race, Singh said, “”None of this would have been possible without my colleagues in the leadership race.”
Singh said the party owed a debt to the former leader Tom Mulcair whom Singh credited with helping the party through a difficult time after the passing of Jack Layton.