The Life of Jagmeet Singh

He may have not unseated Justin Trudeau to become Canada’s new leader, but Jagmeet Singh has cemented himself as one of the country’s progressive leaders to watch. This is his story.

Lawyer, style icon and politician

Jagmeet Singh was born January 2, 1979 in Scarborough, Ontario to Sikh immigrants from Punjab, India. After spending his childhood in Canada and the U.S., he graduated with degrees in biology and law. He's fluent in 4 languages and an avid jiu-jitsu athlete. After becoming a lawyer, he provided pro bono legal advice to community organizations — regardless of shared beliefs, which he elaborated about on Vice News. In 2010, he advised activists protesting a visiting Indian dignitary involved in the 1984 Delhi Pogrom against Sikhs. While unsuccessful, the event convinced him to run for office. In 2011, he won his first election in Ontario as a candidate for the National Democratic Party, becoming the first turban-wearing legislator in Ontario history.

Singh became known for his iconic turban and his style — and his ability to speak warmly to those who don’t share his beliefs. After NDP's leader stepped down in 2017, Singh decided to run. During his campaign, he went viral for talking down a heckler accusing him of wanting to implement Sharia law. After being elected NDP leader in October 2017, he became the first person of color to lead a major Canadian party. After Canada's Parliament was dissolved on September 11, 2019, he began campaigning to become prime minister of Canada — which surged following Justin Trudeau’s blackface scandal. Surging NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh’s declaration that he’s willing to work with other parties to keep the Conservatives from forming government has thrown the election for a loop in its final week.

He’s since walked back that enthusiasm by saying that he’s focused on his own party’s performance first and foremost. But it’s hard to put that genie back in the bottle, especially with less than a week left until election day. As a legislator, Singh was known for fighting against racial profiling and promoting human rights. In 2019, Singh cemented himself as political leader of the next generation.


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  • Alex E.
    10/19/2019 14:06

    I hope neither of them win

  • Haley P.
    10/19/2019 14:29

    nothing against him and I have nothing for him total stranger

  • Steve S.
    10/19/2019 14:54

    Socialist phychopath

  • Varun S.
    10/19/2019 15:19


  • Asma B.
    10/19/2019 16:09

    Tax the rich corporations and stock trades. Free dental and gun control. wwwww nice one

  • Jacob I.
    10/19/2019 17:13


  • Mel S.
    10/19/2019 17:48

    Don't come for jt sorry boo lol ...find a different position ha ha

  • Mary O.
    10/19/2019 17:56

    i like his messaging of including all🤗🤗🌷🌷

  • Keith W.
    10/19/2019 18:04

    The US could learn a few things from Canada about political parties and diversity.

  • Antony P.
    10/19/2019 18:15

    A prime minister who is of immigrant stock but sides with the conservatives. A little hypocritical maybe?

  • Jones N.
    10/19/2019 18:33

    ليس البديل الجيد .....

  • Michael W.
    10/19/2019 21:04

    He is Justins boot licker, he has already stated that he will align with the Liberals if he loses, and the election hasnt happened yet, just because your different doewsnt make you good, NDP is a joke and failed when in power, wish him well, just calling it like it is here in Canada.

  • Rishi S.
    10/19/2019 21:42

    Lol.... no comments but everyone is aware about his radical views.

  • ابو ق.
    10/19/2019 23:03

    نور الزين النسخة البنجابية

  • Osman A.
    10/20/2019 03:16

    father dhadh waraan iga lexoo waxah ahaay jiirjirole meshii tabato midabakeda lehaa dhadh

  • Andere L.
    10/20/2019 06:43

    Nobody is talking about that heckler accusing a Sikh of wanting to implement sharia laws? 😂😂😂😂😂😂

  • Shreyas A.
    10/20/2019 08:01

    Pelo is khalistani ko

  • Shreyas A.
    10/20/2019 08:04

    I would have been his fan if instead of being a khalistani he was like other Punjabi people, patriotic , brave and the defenders of Bharat

  • Gabriella G.
    10/20/2019 14:01

    Why u consider him color? Wich color? Is a human being. Come on!

  • Jasdeep S.
    10/20/2019 19:32

    No worries. He ain’t gonna win. Whatever hype or sentiments a particular section of media intended to add to his socio-political vision, citing lame old immigrant without any caucasian ancestry narrative, won’t do any wonders. An Obama like outcome is being anticipated, but all such speculations would follow the sunset on Monday.