I don’t know a ton about Singh, I only realized from this thread he was the guy from the video with the woman shouting at him that was popping up all over a little bit ago. but at the first blush I really like him he gets me excited about the NDP in a way that Tom Mulcair never really did. Jack Layton’s untimely death was a tragedy on a lot of levels first and foremost for his friends and family but politically it really knocked the wind and momentum out of the NDP after basically their best year as a party in possibly ever. Jagmeet is giving me hope that he could be the leader to pull the party together and get back some of that momentum.
Also, it’s a bit shallow to think about him just in terms of his race and religion and the NDP are still the long shot, But it’s undeniably exciting to me that in a few years Canada’s Prime Minister, our face to the world, could a second generation Indian immigrant and so visibly Sikh. Is there even precedent for that in the western world? there could well be, and I don’t want to big up Canada based on my ignorance of the european politics, but either way I think it’s a great achievement for the multiculturalism that Canada is so proud of even if we are not always as good at it as we like to pretend.
And on an even more shallow level, have you seen his Wikipedia picture?
Maybe Canada’s new thing could be that our prime ministers are all hot now. I gotta admit, it’s kind of a good feeling.