February 26, 2019 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Ontario, Canada: Canadian Sikh politician and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh won a seat in the House of Commons in a by election for Burnaby South seat. With this victory Jagmeet Singh has put his leadership on strong footings.
Jagmeet Singh’s victory positions him to be in Parliament as an MP in the months before the Canadian federal election due in coming October.
With 140 of 196 polls reporting in Burnaby South, Jagmeet Singh had just over 38 per cent of the vote, comfortably ahead of Liberal Richard T. Lee’s 26 per cent and Conservative Jay Shin’s 22 per cent.
“Mr. Singh’s victory will help quell rumblings within his party over his future. Previous NDP leader Tom Mulcair said in January that it would be difficult for Mr. Singh to stay on as leader if he lost Burnaby South”, a report in Globe and Mail noted.
Vocal about human rights and Sikh issues, Jagmeet Singh was denied visa to India by the Indian government.