Candidate for Leader of Canada's NDP, lawyer and human rights activist
Jagmeet Singh Dhaliwal is a Member of Provincial Parliament and the Deputy Leader for Ontario’s New Democratic Party. Jagmeet is the
first turbaned Sikh MPP in Ontario.
He obtained his B.Sc. in Biology from the University of Western Ontario in 2001 and his LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University in 2005. He was called to the Bar of the Law Society of Upper Canada in 2006. Before getting elected in 2011, Jagmeet worked as a criminal defence lawyer at one of the largest firms in Toronto before opening his own private practice in the Peel Region.
The representative from Brampton was listed as one of Toronto Star’s Top 12 people to watch for 2012, named in the Queen’s Park Briefing 2013 as one Ontario’s 75 most powerful people and featured in Toronto life Magazine’s “Toronto’s 50 Most Influential People” as one of the 5 youngest rising stars. In January 2012, the Toronto Star named Singh one of Toronto's top 12 personalities to watch in 2012, calling Singh a trailblazer in Ontario politics. Jagmeet has also been reorganized by the Ontario Federation of Labour in receiving their 2012 youth leadership award and more recently, the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU) Ontario Chapter recipient of the June Veecock Leadership Award for work his work on pushing the Ontario Government to put an end to carding (arbitrary street checks).
Jagmeet Singh has championed the demand for a province wide reduction of Auto Insurance rates, put forward a motion directing the government to ban the practice of arbitrary street checks (aka carding) and pushed for greater awareness regarding precarious employment created by temporary job agencies. In addition to standing up for the people in Ontario, Jagmeet has been a fierce advocate, using his platform as an MPP to speak out on various human rights issues around the world. In fact, the Social Educational Welfare Association (SEWA), a non-profit organization in India selected Jagmeet to receive the 'Sikh of the Year' for 2013 for his work in Human Rights.