Jagmeet Singh

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Jagmeet Singh Jimmy Dhaliwal  (born January 2, 1979), known professionally as Jagmeet Singh, is a Canadian politician who is leader of the federal New Democratic Party.

  • Canada’s Jagmeet Singh becomes first non-white politician to lead major party

  • He has represented the provincial riding of Bramalea—Gore—Malton in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario as a member of the Ontario New Democratic Party since 2011
  • He also served as deputy leader of the Ontario NDP from 2015 to 2017.
  • He was the first turban-wearing Sikh to sit as a provincial legislator in Ontario, the first to lead a major federal party, as well as the first to hold a deputy leader position in Canada.
  • Before entering politics, Singh was a trial lawyer.[4] Upon his election, Singh became the first person of a visible minority group to lead a Canadian federal political party on a permanent basis, and the second overall after Bloc Québécois’ former interim leader Vivian Barbot.
  • Born in 1979 in Scarborough, Ontario, to immigrant parents from the Indian state of Punjab
  • Singh grew up in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador and Windsor, Ontario.
  •  He attended high school at the Detroit Country Day School, in Beverly Hills, Michigan, graduating in 1997.
  • He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of Western Ontario in 2001.
  • Bachelor of Laws degree from York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School in 2005.
  • He was called to the Bar of the Law Society of Upper Canada in 2006.
  •  He is fluent in English, French, and Punjabi.
  • He worked as a criminal defense lawyer in the Greater Toronto Area before entering politics, first at the law firm Pinkofskys, then at his own practice, Singh Law, which he established with his brother Gurratan Singh.
  • During his time as a lawyer he offered free legal rights seminars across Ontario and provided pro bono legal counsel for people and community organizations in need.
  • Singh has been recognized for his fashion and style sense in Canadian magazines and publications.  

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