Gurratan Singh, federal NDP party leader Jagmeet Singh’s younger brother, is hoping to run for the Ontario NDP party in the newly-formed riding of Brampton East in the provincial elections to be held in June.
The younger Singh is hoping to follow in his brother’s footsteps in the same area where Jagmeet served as a representative at Queen’s Park before making the move to federal politics last year.
“Today, I am proud to announce that I’ll be seeking the nomination to be the next candidate, and the next NDP MPP for Brampton East,” he told reporters.
“We’ve had 15 years of a Liberal government here that has not put in the resources that this community requires. They’ve not put in what this community needs to excel, to thrive, he said. “When this upcoming election came up, I had a decision to make. I said, ‘I want to be that voice, I want to fight for this community’.”
Singh highlighted healthcare underfunding and hospital wait times at BCH, high auto insurance rates, the prevalence of precarious part-time work, and hydro rates as key platform issues should he earn the party’s nomination.
“That’s why when I started to look into Andrea Horwath’s plan for the Ontario NDP, it resonated with me. Things like (universal) dental care and pharma care, these are big ideas that people can get behind,” he said.
Gurratan has played an important role in Jagmeet Singh’s political team and one assumes Jagmeet Singh will play an important Gurratan election campaign. Both brothers will be campaigning for each other. – CINEWS