Fourteen months after winning the New Democratic Party (NDP) leadership battle, Jagmeet Singh finally lands himself the Canadian parliament.
He won the Burnaby South by-election on Monday (25 Feb 2019), paving the way for him to join his fellow party members in the House of Commons.
The victory also will allow him to ‘regaining his grip’ on the party as well as ensure that he will lead the left-of-centre party in the country’s October federal election, according to Canadian media reports.
“Thank you Burnaby South! I’m determined & ready to fight for the help people need – from the housing crisis to health care not covering everyone the way it should, Canadians deserve better. This isn’t the end of a campaign – it’s the beginning of one. See you in Parliament,” he said in a Facebook entry.
The 39-year old politician won the NDP leadership in October 2017. The victory yesterday would be a breather for Jagmeet as he prepares for his up-coming political battles, both within the party and on the national level.
NDP is Canada’s third largest political party.
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