Jagmeet Singh is the new leader of the Federal NDP.

Courtenay-Alberni Member of Parliament Gord Johns says Singh’s anointment is huge for not just the party, but for all of Canadian politics. He says Singh has lots to offer for Canadians.

“It’s really exciting. You know, we’re a progressive party so this is just an example of the progress we’ve needed to make for a long time. This is progress and it’s going to inspire a lot of people [from] right across this country.”

11 NDP MP’s endorsed Singh’s leadership bid. Johns says Singh’s years of experience are a huge asset.

“Love and courage isn’t just a slogan with Jagmeet. He’s going to bring his many years of experience fighting against discrimination and inequality to the issues that matter to Canadians. While the Liberal party continues to help themselves and their insider friends, Jagmeet’s going to lead the NDP’s work to build an inclusive Canada – one that builds everyone up [and] not just the few at the top.”

At 38 years old, Singh is the youngest leader in the party’s history. The new leader is fluent in French, English and Punjabi.

The Ontario MPP is also a trained martial artist and a criminal defence lawyer who grew up in Newfoundland and Labrador and Ontario.