Vancouver - Vancouver East MP Jenny Kwan announced her support for Jagmeet Singh’s bid to lead the New Democratic Party (NDP) of Canada.
“Today I am very proud to announce my support for Jagmeet Singh in the race to become leader of Canada's NDP,” said Kwan “Jagmeet represents a new generation of leadership that will help us grow the party and take on Justin Trudeau’s Liberals.”
“My riding of Vancouver East is one of the most diverse ridings in the country with a deep history from the immigrant community. Activism defines my riding,” she said. “With a powerful record of fighting for equality and justice for all, the members in my riding want to see a leader that dares to challenge the status quo and build a Canada where everyone has the chance to maximize their potential. Jagmeet is that leader.”
“Jagmeet has dedicated his career to advancing social justice and supporting frontline grassroots organizations. His comprehensive climate change policy, his drive to achieve income equality and his recent call for a federal ban on racial profiling reflect just that,” added MP Kwan. “Under Jagmeet’s leadership, those voters will have a real choice in 2019.”
MP Jenny Kwan went on to say “When Jagmeet tells his story, diverse communities across the country see themselves in a way they never have in Canadian federal politics. Put that together with his charisma and passion and you get a unique ability to connect with voters the NDP has traditionally failed to reach.”
NDP Leadership Candidate Jagmeet Singh was humbled to accept the support of MP Jenny Kwan “I am so proud to be here in Vancouver’s historic Chinatown with the incredible Jenny Kwan. Jenny’s story is one of dedication to the most vulnerable and working tirelessly for community.”
“Jenny was the youngest member of Vancouver City Council, has been elected to every level of government, and has worked tirelessly to make life better for all Canadians,” Singh added. “
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.
Jenny Kwan’s trail-blazing political career began in 1993, when she became the youngest person ever elected to Vancouver City Council. Since then, she has become one of the few Canadian elected officials to serve on all three levels of government. Jenny has been elected to office a total of seven times and is the longest serving elected official in the Chinese Canadian community. Jenny was one of the first Chinese Canadians elected to the B.C. Legislature, and was the first Chinese Canadian to serve as a provincial minister. After being elected to Parliament in 2015, Jenny became the NDP’s Critic for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, as well as the Critic for Multiculturalism. She also serves as Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration.
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.