Jagmeet Singh breaks another glass ceiling by winning by-election and becoming MP
By Barfi Culture Team
26th February 2019

New Democratic Party leader Jagmeet Singh made history last night by comfortably winning the by-election in Burnaby South.

He is now the first non-white leader of a political party in Canada to sit in Parliament.

It was projected to be a tight race but Singh won the seat comfortably, securing 39% of the vote. The Liberal Party candidate Richard Lee won 26% and Conservative candidate Jay Shin got 22% of the vote.

"Thank you Burnaby South! It's full of determination that I'm coming to Ottawa, ready to fight for everyone to receive the help they need. From the housing crisis to health care, Canadians deserve better," he said last night.

"See you in Parliament!"

The comfortable win will ease fears that Jagmeet Singh is unable to connect with ordinary Canadians. It was a big gamble and he exceeded expectations.

But it wasn't all celebrations. In another by-election the NDP was defeated in the Outremont riding, one they had held since 2007.

With a seat now secured in Parliament, Singh will find it easier to lead his party and get national media attention.

In his speech last night he gave a preview of his upcoming general election campaign theme, attacking the Liberals and Conservatives for trying to help corporations while ignoring ordinary Canadians.

"We have just eight more months to let the people know they can choose a government that stands up for people and not corporations, that doesn’t give handouts to SNC-Lavalin," he said, referring to the scandal engulfing the Liberals.

The World Sikh Organization of Canada congratulated him on his win

His brother, an MPP in Ontario's Parliament, tweeted:

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