Jagmeet Singh is currently the deputy leader for the Ontario NDP. (Photo: Chris So/Toronto Star via Getty Images)They also say his campaign will be led by Michal Hay, executive assistant to Toronto city councillor Michael Layton — the son of late federal NDP leader Jack Layton.
RELATED:Inside the provincial wing of the NDP, Horwath also acknowledged Singh's work to push for provincial reductions of auto insurance rates and improving awareness around precarious employment fuelled by temporary job agencies. Singh, regarded as a young and energetic leader, has also received nods from Toronto Life magazine on its lists of "50 Most Influential" and "Toronto's Best Dressed." There are four official candidates in the lengthy race to replace Tom Mulcair as NDP leader in October. Current contenders include B.C. MP Peter Julian, Ontario MP Charlie Angus, Manitoba MP Niki Ashton and Quebec MP Guy Caron.
Angus leading fundraising battleFirst-quarter results from Elections Canada indicate Angus is far ahead of his competition on the fundraising front. The report, which notes contributions from January to March 2017, showed Angus brought in more than $110,675, Ashton had $65,521, Caron had $57,235 and Julian raised $19,143.08. The NDP says former veterans ombudsman Pat Stogran and Ibrahim Bruno El-Khoury, the founder of a Montreal consulting firm, are not considered official candidates because they must submit nomination paperwork and a registration fee. Stogran and El-Khoury's names appear on the Elections Canada website as candidates while Singh's does not.
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