Jagmeet Singh,Ontario MPP prepares launch for federal NDP race.

Jagmeet Singh, long a star among the NDP ranks of the Ontario legislature, embarks later today on a bid to replace Tom Mulcair as the party’s leader in Ottawa -a quest that could make him the first non-Caucasian to helm a major federal part.

Singh is holding an event in his riding in Brampton at the same venue-Bombay Palace where hecelebrated his 2011 election victory.

The 38-year-old is currently the deputy leader of Ontario’s NDP. Singh was a defence lawyer before entering politics and winning the riding of Brampton-Gore-Malton.

Singh is the first turban-wearing Sikh in the Ontario Legislature, and some federal NDP members say it would be good to see more of that kind of diversity in Ottawa.