03/21/2012 02:43 EDT | Updated 05/21/2012 05:12 EDT

A quick look at NDP leadership candidate Martin Singh

OTTAWA - A look at the life and career of NDP leadership candidate Martin Singh.

Born — As Martin Hill, Nov. 16, 1972. Age. 39. Changed his name when he converted to Sikhism in 1996.

Educated — Degrees in chemistry, chemical engineering and pharmacy from Dalhousie University. MBA Saint Mary's University.

Private career — Pharmacist, businessman based in Musquodoboit Harbour, N.S. Member of Canadian Forces reserves. Serves on a number of non-profit boards at the local, regional, and national level.

Political Career — Announced candidacy for NDP leadership last fall.

Personal life — Married, three children.

For the record — "In a country as well off as Canada, it is unacceptable that people would go without the medications they need particularly given that it results in their health declining and other health care costs increasing." Promoting his call for a national pharmacare plan.