Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh was officially sworn in as a Member of Parliament (MP) in Ottawa on Sunday afternoon — making him the first person of colour to lead a federal party in Canadian history.
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He won the seat for the federal riding of Burnaby South in a byelection last month.
Singh fills the seat vacated by former NDP MP – and now Vancouver Mayor – Kennedy Stewart.
He won the seat won with 38.8% of the vote over Liberal candidate Richard T. Lee who managed 26.1% of the vote, with 96% of polls counted.
It was a crucial election for Singh because until now, he has been without a seat in the House of Commons.
Singh was a Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) in Ontario, before being chosen as NDP party leader in October 2017.
Excited & ready to be officially sworn in as an MP today and have my first day in the House on Monday!
— Jagmeet Singh (@theJagmeetSingh) March 17, 2019