Winnipeg, September 11, 2017 - Wab Kinew, Manitoba NDP MLA for Fort Rouge, announced his endorsement of Jagmeet Singh to be the next leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada.
“Jagmeet gives me hope for the future of our country, and our party. Millions of people are disappointed with the broken promises of the Liberals, and they're watching us and asking themselves whether they belong in the NDP,” said Kinew. “Jagmeet is showing Canadians that everyone, regardless of skin colour, race, or religion has a place in our circle. I am proud to add my voice to those supporting Jagmeet to be the next leader of the NDP.”
Singh has led the race in signing up new members, bringing nearly 50,000 people to the NDP, and has shown unmatched fundraising ability.
“Jagmeet is relentlessly positive and positively relentless. He's a tough, proven winner, someone who will fight for social justice, and ensure that no voice calling for change goes unheard,” said Kinew. “He exudes a genuine warmth and positive outlook on life that has inspired so many to join his team, including me. He has the skills to connect with an unprecedented coalition of voters, and call them into action to fight for NDP values, and form the first federal NDP government.”
“When I was a kid, I would have had a tough time imagining someone like Jagmeet or myself aspiring for higher public office - now, he is leading the charge to be the next NDP leader, and in 2019 he has a real shot at becoming our next Prime Minister,” said Kinew. “He represents the progress we have made, and is showing us the path ahead we need to take. I want my kids to grow up in a country where a talented, turban-wearing Sikh can be Prime Minister - not just for diversity's sake, but because it will be a sign that our democracy is getting closer to that day when we are served by the best of all peoples, regardless of how they live, who they love, or how they look.”
NDP Leadership Candidate Jagmeet Singh was humbled to accept MLA Wab Kinew’s endorsement. “I am so honoured to have the support of my friend, and brother, Wab Kinew," said Jagmeet. “As a writer, journalist, activist, and NDP MLA, Wab has always demonstrated a commitment to justice, and shown the love and courage needed to make that justice a reality. I am so proud to have him on our team, and I’m excited to support him as he runs to be Premier of Manitoba.”
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Jagmeet Singh is a candidate for the leader of Canada’s NDP. He has been a Member of Provincial Parliament in Ontario since 2011 and was Deputy Leader of the New Democratic Party of Ontario. Prior to his election, he practiced as a defense attorney. He has always stood up for the most vulnerable and has been active on a variety of human rights issues. As a member of Parliament, he made himself known for his work on precarious work and the fight against racial profiling.
Wab Kinew is a Manitoba NDP MLA for Fort Rouge, and a candidate for the leader of Manitoba’s NDP. An award-winning journalist, broadcaster, musician, literary reviewer, and bestselling author, Wab has brought national and international attention to issues like violence against women and reconciliation with Indigenous people. Wab holds a BA in Economics and is working on a Master's degree in Indigenous Governance from the University of Winnipeg. Before entering politics, he was the UW's Associate Vice-President for Indigenous Relations. As the MLA for Fort Rouge, Wab works to make Manitoba a more progressive and forward-looking province while promoting equality and reconciliation here at home.
The NDP leadership race to replace Thomas Mulcair kicked off last summer. Candidates include Jagmeet Singh, Niki Ashton, Guy Caron and Charlie Angus. The first ballot will open on September 18, 2017 and by mid October 2017 the NDP will have a new leader.