First visible minority wins leadership of fed Canada party

New Federal NDP Leader

Singh scored a solid victory in the first round of voting for a new NDP leader, with 53.6 per cent of voters placing him at the top of their ranked ballot in results that were unveiled here on Sunday, reports The Toronto Star. I want to thank you for giving me your support my friends.

Wearing a pink turban and blue three-piece suit - Singh is noted for his colorful headgear and well-appointed suits - he garnered more than 50 percent of the ballots cast by NDP members. But in Singh the NDP also have a leader who can offer a compelling personal narrative on which to build an electoral comeback and attract lefty votes that bled to the Liberals last time.

The 38-year-old Singh was born in Toronto and lived in Newfoundland and Windsor before moving back to the Toronto area and working as a criminal defence lawyer.

Six months later Singh is Justin Trudeau's chief opponent on the left- and he'll be doing the job from outside the House of Commons. He had to raise more than half of the votes to win this first round. He said now there were four Sikh ministers, Harjit Sajjan, Navdeep Bains, Bardish Chagger and Amarjeet Sohi in the Canadian cabinet.

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Kathleen Monk, an NDP stalwart who worked as director of strategic communications to former leader Jack Layton, said a new leader will now allow the party to begin growing again after two years in the political wilderness. And video of his tactful approach to a heckler accusing him of supporting the implementation Sharia law in Canada went viral.

Singh's speech hit numerous same notes as his words at the final leadership showcase in Hamilton late last month, and indeed elsewhere on the campaign trail.

Like his opponents, Singh's policy proposals included raising corporate tax rates, a $15 minimum wage, stronger climate change policy including an end to "fossil fuel subsidies", and mixed member proportional representation in federal elections.

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