Jagmeet Singh Biography

Jagmeet Singh is a Canadian lawyer and politician who became the leader of the New Democratic Party in October 2017. Check out this biography to know about his birthday, childhood, family life, achievements and fun facts about him.

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Birthday: January 2, 1979

Nationality: Canadian

Famous: Political Leaders Canadian Men

Age: 41 Years, 41 Year Old Males

Sun Sign: Capricorn

Also Known As: Jagmeet Singh Jimmy Dhaliwal

Born in: Scarborough, Canada

Famous as: Political Leader

Height: 5'10" (178 cm), 5'10" Males

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Spouse/Ex-: Gurkiran Kaur Sidhu (m. 2018)

father: Jagtaran Singh

mother: Harmeet Kaur

City: Scarborough, Canada

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education: York University, Detroit Country Day School - Middle School, Osgoode Hall Law School, Western University

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Jagmeet Singh is a Canadian lawyer and politician who became the leader of the New Democratic Party in October 2017 and has been serving as the Member of Parliament for the riding of Burnaby South since February 2019. Previously, he served for six years as the Member of Provincial Parliament for Bramalea—Gore—Malton in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. He has also been active in provincial politics outside of Ontario and has campaigned for New Democratic Party members Irfan Sabir and Wab Kinew, as well as for the BC NDP and Nova Scotia NDP. He was the first turban-wearing MPP, and upon his election as the NDP leader, became the first person of a visible minority group to lead a major Canadian federal political party. A progressive and social democrat, he supports progressive tax system, $15/hour minimum wage, social equality, LGBTQ rights, decriminalizing possession of all drugs, and wants to reduce carbon emissions levels of Canada.

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Childhood & Early Life
Political Career
  • Jagmeet Singh decided to launch his political career after failing to draw the attention of the officials while protesting the visit of Indian trade minister Kamal Nath, who had allegedly persecuted Sikhs, to Canada.
  • Running for Member of Parliament in the 2011 federal election as the NDP candidate in the riding of Bramalea—Gore—Malton, he finished ahead of his Liberal competitor despite marginal loss to Conservative candidate.
  • In the 2011 Ontario provincial election, he defeated Liberal incumbent Kuldip Kular as the NDP candidate in the overlapping provincial riding and became the first Ontario NDP MPP to represent the Peel Region.
  • As the NDP critic for the Attorney General of Ontario and the Consumer Services, his March 2013 motion calling on the Liberal government to reduce auto insurance premiums by 15% was accepted by the legislature.
  • His motion to have the month of April recognized as Sikh Heritage Month in the province of Ontario was accepted by the legislature in December 2013. He voted against the 'Fighting Fraud and Reducing Automobile Rates Act' in November 2014, arguing that it would significantly reduce the rights of drivers.
  • Calling for greater police accountability, he advocated for new legislation to be drafted to strengthen Ontario's Special Investigations Unit (SIU). In October 2015, the legislature unanimously passed his motion to end arbitrary street checks by police services in Ontario.
  • On May 15, 2017, he announced his intention to run for the leadership of his party at a campaign launch in Brampton, and won the 2017 New Democratic Party leadership election on October 1, 2017. Incidentally, a video of the way he handled a heckler accusing him of plotting to subject Canada to sharia law contributed considerably to his first ballot win with 53.8 per cent of the vote.
  • He had initially opted out of the tradition of entering the House of Commons by winning a by-election in a 'safe seat' and had announced his intention to run in Brampton East. However, he eventually ran in a by-election to replace Kennedy Stewart as the Member of Parliament for Burnaby South and won with 38.9 per cent of the vote on February 25, 2019.
Family & Personal Life
  • On February 22, 2018, Jagmeet Singh married fashion designer and international humanitarian worker Gurkiran Kaur Sidhu, who is the co-founder of 'new-age' Punjabi clothing line 'jangiiro'.
  • Jagmeet Singh's grandfather Sewa Singh Thikriwala was a freedom fighter who fought against British occupation in India.

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