Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath has appointed MPP Jagmeet Singh as Deputy Leader.
“I’m proud to name Jagmeet Singh as Deputy Leader. I know that having him serve in this important role will help to further broaden the reach of our party with people outside of politics; from young people to bay street professionals,” said Horwath.
“Jagmeet Singh has been a dynamic force ever since being elected in 2011, and a proven agent of change. He has inspired increased political participation in a generation of youth who view him not only as a community leader, but as a mentor.”
“When New Democrats championed the demand for a province wide reduction of Auto Insurance rates and pushed for greater awareness regarding precarious employment created by temporary job agencies Jagmeet was at the forefront. With him as our Deputy Leader, New Democrats will continue delivering for Ontarians,” said Horwath.
The announcement follows new critic assignments announced last month. Singh is currently the NDP Critic for the Attorney General and Government and Consumer Services. He has represented Bramalea-Gore-Malton since 2011 and has always been a fighter for human rights and a strong voice for vulnerable Ontarians.
This appointment marks the first time a turbaned Sikh will occupy a Deputy Leader position in Canadian politics.
So this latest appointment will ensure Jagmeet Singh will continue to play a role in provincial politics and not federal politics as was the speculation for several months.