VANCOUVER, B.C. – Peter Julian, MP for New Westminster — Burnaby, Former NDP Leadership Candidate, and the NDP’s Former House Leader, has announced his support for Jagmeet Singh’s bid to lead the New Democratic Party of Canada.
“I know how important it is to recruit new members for our movement to grow and for us to have an impact on the direction of the country. That's why I'm supporting Jagmeet - he has attracted tens of thousands of new members to our movement. In most parts of our country, including in Quebec, a substantial part of our membership comes from his effective approach to bringing new members into our Party.” Julian noted.
“We'll need Jagmeet’s energy if we hope to defeat Trudeau in 2019,” Julian continued. “When I compare Jagmeet to Trudeau and Scheer, I know Jagmeet has already surpassed their fundraising and been competitive with their membership recruitment in their respective leadership runs. We'll need Jagmeet's ability to attract such a talented team to grow our Party and to win in 2019.”
“Jagmeet is a strong social democrat with a record of fighting for vulnerable communities. Whether it’s been fighting back on carding or standing up to temporary job agencies exploiting workers, or standing up to big insurance companies taking advantage of disenfranchised populations, Jagmeet has been there,” Julian added.
“Jagmeet is a strong and committed New Democrat. He ran in a riding where we had never won, and has transformed that community into solid NDP territory. Jagmeet has demonstrated remarkable talent to communicate with diverse communities right across Canada,” said Julian.
NDP Leadership Candidate Jagmeet Singh was humbled to accept MP Peter Julian’s endorsement. “I am honoured to have Peter’s support. He is a lifelong New Democrat that has earned the tremendous respect of party members across Canada through tireless organizing and bridge-building," said Jagmeet.
"I have an incredible amount of respect for Peter. He is a longtime social justice and party activist that was key to building our party in 2011 and crucial to our success in Québec. He has selflessly organized for a better world since he was a teenager. It is a privilege to have Peter on our team.”
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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.
Peter Julian is MP for New Westminster — Burnaby, the NDP’s Former House Leader, and a recent candidate in the NDP Leadership race. Peter is the former Executive Director of the Western Institute for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (WIDHH). He was instrumental in building the British Columbia Disability Employment Network, a consortium of community groups, organizations and non-profit societies dedicated to serving people with disabilities. Peter is also a founding member of the Council of Canadians (CoC) and former National Executive Director of the Council, Canada's largest citizen's organization.
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.