Gursikh MPP Jagmeet Singh appointed as NDP deputy leader

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TORONTO — The Ontario NDP has appointed MPP Jagmeet Singh as its new deputy leader.

MPP Jagmeet Singh with NDP Leader Andrea Horwath as he’s named party deputy leader Monday, April 20, 2015

It’s the first time in more than a decade Ontario’s NDP Caucus has had a deputy leader.

JagmeetSingh was elected in October 2011 in the riding of Bramalea — Gore — Malton, after a failed run for a federal seat earlier that year.

Singh’s appointment makes him the first turbaned Sikh to occupy a deputy leader position in Canada.

The 36-year-old is currently the NDP critic for the Attorney General and Government and Consumer Services.

Before heading to Queens Park, Singh was a criminal defense lawyer in the Brampton and Mississauga areas. He has garnered much attention, landing on the Toronto Star’s Top 12 people to watch for 2012 and in 2013 as a “rising star” on Toronto Life’s annual “Toronto’s 50 Most Influential People” list