Jagmeet Singh’s bid to become the NDP leader got a boost this week when Laurier-Sainte-Marie MP Hélène Laverdière announced support for his leadership bid.
“I am very pleased today to announce that I am supporting Jagmeet Singh for leader of Canada’s NDP,” said Laverdière, “Jagmeet’s commitment to equality and justice and his empathetic, open, and attentive leadership style convinced me that he is the future of our party. I find his tremendous respect for others, for their opinions, and his willingness to listen inspiring. It’s reminiscent of Jack and is exactly the type of leadership we need for our party.”
“While it is true that the relationship that we, in Québec, have with religion is complex and unique in Canada, I know that Jagmeet will be able to overcome any challenge that it presents as people get to know him and realize how much his values and vision resemble ours,” she says. “Jagmeet’s commitment to Québec’s values of social justice and equality will win over hearts and minds. His openness, his humility, and his desire to learn more about Québec are among the reasons I support him.”
Laverdière believes that Jagmeet Singh lends new voice and youthful image on the federal scene that will generate a lot of enthusiasm, especially among youth.
Jagmeet Singh has been a Member of Provincial Parliament in Ontario since 2011 and was Deputy Chief of the New Democratic Party of Ontario. Prior to his election, he practiced as a defense attorney.
The NDP leadership race to replace Thomas Mulcair kicked off last summer. Candidates include Jagmeet Singh, Niki Ashton, Guy Caron and Charlie Angus. The first ballot will open on September 18 and by mid-October 2017 the NDP will have a new leader.
A lot of excitement is building up as September 18th approaches and a lot could change between now and then and a lot could go wrong too. In politics, fortunes can change in a single day. – CINEWS