Jagmeet Singh Discusses His Struggles & Beliefs In Exclusive Interview With MTL Blog

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On a sunny Thursday afternoon, Jagmeet Singh, leader of the NDP along with MPs and candidates from Montreal, held a press conference at MR-63 to introduce a new candidate and discuss climate action. 

Singh outlined his party's plans for climate action, discussed his views on Bill 21 and being a minority, and introduced candidate Hugo Latulippe, award-winning documentary filmmaker and environmental activist. 

We sat down with Jagmeet Singh after the press conference and talked about the climate, religious symbols, the NDP platform, and what he stands for.

Here's part one of our exclusive interview with the NDP leader!

This is MTL Blog’s Election Interview Series.

Over the course of the next few weeks, leading up to the Federal Election on October 21, we’re speaking to candidates from Canada’s major federal political parties, including the Conservative Party, the Green Party, the Liberal Party, the New Democratic Party, and the People’s Party of Canada.

This week, we spoke to Jagmeet Singh, leader of the NDP.

In part one of our exclusive interview, Singh explains the truth behind his name and what drives him to succeed. 

All interviews and questions have been edited for clarity.

I'm very interested in knowing before I pour into my questions, your experiences as a politician in Canada. Our readers would love to know who Jagmeet Singh is and what he stands for, and how he got his start.

First thing, if you can spread the word for me — it's spelled with an "A," so people always think it's "Jag" but in fact, it's "Jug" like 'Jugmeet!'

From left to right: Sophie Thiebaut, Hugo Latulippe, Jagmeet Singh, Alexandre Boulerice, Nima Machouf, Chu Anh Pham

It means friend to the world, which is a good starting point. I'm motivated by two things: one is my mom taught me this idea that we're all connected — in every sense of the word we are connected. So if someone around us is hurting or going through difficulty, then we're also going through difficulty. And if we help people around us, we're helping ourselves.