Jagmeet Singh was born on January 2, 1979, in Scarborough, Ontario, to Harmeet Kaur and Jagtaran Singh, immigrant parents from the Indian state of Punjab.His great grandfather was Sewa Singh Thikriwala, a revolutionary who fought against British occupation in India.After a year as a toddler living with his grandparents in India, Singh spent his early childhood in St. John’s and Grand Falls-Windsor, both in Newfoundland and Labrador, before relocating with his family to Windsor, Ontario.He attended high school at the Detroit Country Day School in Beverly Hills, Michigan, graduating in 1997. Singh went on to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of Western Ontario in 2001 and a Bachelor of Laws degree from York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School in 2005. He was called to the Bar of the Law Society of Upper Canada in 2006.Singh worked as a criminal defence lawyer in the Greater Toronto Areabefore entering politics, first at the law firm Pinkofskys, then at his own practice, Singh Law, which he established with Gurratan.
Singh began his political career with his decision to run for Member of Parliament in the 2011 federal election as the NDP candidate in the riding of Bramalea—Gore—Malton.Singh became the first Ontario NDP MPP to represent the Peel Region as well as the first turban-wearing MPP.
In March 2012, Singh introduced a private member’s bill called “An Act to Amend the Insurance Act” to address high auto insurance rates.
In March 2013, Singh introduced a motion calling on the Liberal government to reduce auto insurance premiums by 15%.Singh’s motion was accepted by the legislature, and the 15% reduction was to be included in the Liberal Government’s 2013 Provincial budget.
In November 2014, Singh voted against the government’s legislation entitled “Fighting Fraud and Reducing Automobile Rates Act”, after arguing there were major shortcomings in the legislation regarding the driver’s right to sue auto insurance companies.
In November 2015, Singh introduced a private member’s bill to the legislature regarding Tarion.
Tarion was created by the provincial government in 1976 to be the regulator of the province’s homebuilding industry.
In December 2016, Singh spoke out against the motion introduced by PCMPP Gila Martow, which called for the legislature to denounce the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign.
Jagmeet launched his campaign to be leader of Canada’s NDP on May 15th, 2017
In October 1st, 2017, Jagmeet became leader of Canada’s NDP after a first ballot victory with 53.8 per cent of the vote.