Jagmeet Singh Elected Federal NDP Leader

Five items in total…

“Canadian politics needed a shift. They needed fresher, younger faces to come in now. And Jagmeet is part of that change… A beard or a turban means nothing now.” – Binder Singh, present for the election results, quoted by Alex Ballingall in “It’s about the dream: NDP supporters hail Jagmeet Singh’s leadership win” – Toronto Star, Oct. 1st, 2017.

“There are so many Canadians who sort of feel that they’ve been on the outside looking in, and he has kicked the door open and said, ‘Come on in’… for young brown men and women, for people of colour, for Indigenous Canadians, it really fives (sic) them a sense of opportunity, of openness, of prospects in 2019.” – NDP national director Robert Fox, quoted by Maura Forrest in “A ‘game-changer’: Jagmeet Singh ‘kicks the door open’ and wins NDP leadership” – National Post, Oct. 1st, 2017.

“It can only be good for the country to have an Obama-like leader, who has interpreted his race as a social construct, not a biological reality. His victory cracks that fabrication, as surely as Obama’s nomination did in the U.S.” – John Ivison, “It’ll be Justin versus Jagmeet in the GQ election of 2019” – National Post, Oct. 1st, 2017.

“The country was overdue for a victory for diversity when Singh steamrolled past three other challengers for a first-ballot victory in the NDP race.” – Tim Harper, “Jagmeet Singh is the first party leader who knows the bitter pain of racial profiling” – Toronto Star, Oct. 3rd, 2017.

“Canadians deserve a government that understands the struggles that people are facing right now… It takes an act of love to realize we are all in this together, and an act of courage to demand better, to dream bigger, and to fight for a more inclusive and just world… Because other people have broken barriers, it gave me in my life a capacity to even dream of achieving something…” – Jagmeet Singh, quoted by Alex Ballingall in “It’s about the dream: NDP supporters hail Jagmeet Singh’s leadership win” – Toronto Star, Oct. 1st, 2017.

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