Jagmeet Singh wins first-ballot victory in NDP leadership race

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      A charismatic Ontario provincial politician has won the federal NDP leadership.

      After the first ballot today, Jagmeet Singh had well over half the votes, which was necessary for a first-ballot victory.

      Of more than 65,509 ballots cast (excluding rejected ballots and absentions), Singh received 35,266 votes.

      "Campaigns are never about one person but about a team and what we've achieved together," Singh said.

      Singh's campaign slogan was "Love and Courage" and during the leadership campaign, he opposed the Kinder Morgan and Energy East pipelines.

      Singh also called for a federal ban on racial profiling and decriminalization of all drugs.

      In his acceptance speech, he said that the NDP needs to form government if it wants to make progress on issues such as income inequality, climate change, reconciliation, and electoral reform.

      In second place was Timmins–James Bay MP Charlie Angus, who received 12,705 votes.

      Singh praised Angus for his advocacy for Indigenous justice.

      MP Charlie Angus was the runner-up but he was far back of Singh in the final count.
      Charlie Angus

      Angus was followed by Niki Ashton, the MP for Churchill–Keewatinook Aski, with 11,374 votes.

      Singh offered credit to her for reconnecting the party with activists. 

      In fourth place was Guy Caron, the MP for Rimouski-Neigette–Témiscouata–Les Basques, who had 6,164 votes.

      Singh's campaign received a big boost from many B.C. MPs and MLAs.

      Niki Ashton came third with a campaign that emphasized economic precarity for young people.
      Charlie Smith

      The first B.C. MP to endorse him was Randall Garrison. Later in the campaign, he earned nods from B.C. MPs Kennedy Stewart, Jenny Kwan, Alistair MacGregor, Peter Julian, and Nathan Cullen.

      In addition, Singh was endorsed by B.C. NDP cabinet ministers Harry Bains, Judy Darcy, Rob Fleming, Lana Popham, and Bruce Ralston, as well as MLAs Anne Kang, Ravi Kahlon, and Rachna Singh.

      Guy Caron invested a great deal of energy promoting a guaranteed basic income.

      Singh, 38, was born in Scarborough, raised in St. John's and Windsor, and practised law in Ontario before being elected to the Ontario legislature in 2011. He's a former competitive mixed-martial artist and long-time human-rights activist.

      The NDP has 124,000 members across the country and 44 seats in the 338-seat House of Commons.