Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh officially sworn in as MP in Ottawa

Mar 16 2019, 5:44 am

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.

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Jagmeet Singh being officially sworn in on March 17, 2019 (Instagram).

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.