For the first time in Canada, an Indian-origin Jagmeet Singh made his debut in the House of Commons as the first non-white leader of a major opposition party in the country, thus, creating a political history in Canada.
Singh, 40, the leader of the New Democratic Party, placed his hand over his heart as he walked into the House of Commons, the lower of the house of Parliament, before the daily question period.
He was elected in federal by-elections held on February 25. Singh’s first words as an elected lawmaker were about last week’s terrorist attack on two mosques in New Zealand.
“I want to begin by expressing our solidarity with the people of New Zealand who are mourning the attack on Muslim brothers and sisters… In Christchurch,” Singh said. About 50 people were killed last week in the Pacific country’s worst-ever mass shooting.
Earlier in October last year, Jagmeet Singh was elected as the leader of Canada’s New Democratic Party (NDP). He became the first non-white politician to lead the country’s third biggest political force after Justin Trudeau’s Liberals and the Conservatives.
Singh, a lawyer by profession replaced charismatic Thomas Mulcair as the leader of the party. According to the reports, Singh won 54 per cent of votes in the first round of voting defeating three other candidates. Speaking after the results was announced, Singh said, “Canadians must stand united to champion the politics of courage over the politics of fear, the politics of love to fight the growing politics of division.”