Jagmeet Singh’s Brother is Officially Running for MPP in Brampton

Published March 27, 2018 at 2:16 am

It looks like the Singh brothers are in it to win it. 

It looks like the Singh brothers are in it to win it. 

We’ve known for some time now that former Brampton MPP for Bramalea-Gore-Malton Jagmeet Singh is leading the federal NDP party. Now, his brother Gurratan Singh has officially announced his candidacy for MPP Brampton East, seeking the provincial NDP nomination.

“I love this community and I want to work to make it better,” Gurratan Singh said via Instagram Monday.

“It’s easy to get turned off by politics, especially when your family is struggling and you don’t feel your concerns are being listened to. People know that better is not only possible– it’s necessary. The time for inaction is over. We can either sit on the sidelines and hope for things to get better, or we can get involved. I want to be your voice and fight for what matters to you. This June we have an opportunity to make that happen. That’s why I’m proud to announce I’m seeking the Ontario NDP nomination in Brampton East.”

The post has since garnered well over 600 likes. Gurratan Singh put out a similar statement on Twitter on Monday, which has since garnered over 100 likes, retweets, and comments.

Brampton East stretches from Mayfield Road north, to the rail line to the south, with Torbram to the west and Highway 50 to the east. It mirrors the Bramalea-Gore-Malton riding, except the Malton area of Mississauga is in another riding now.

The Liberals have chosen Dr. Parminder Singh, the founder of the Hockey Night in Punjabi Canada broadcast, as their Brampton East candidate. 

But Gurratan Singh is not only the younger brother to federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh – he’s a local lawyer, an Osgoode Law School graduate, and he runs his own legal practice. 

Gurratan Singh was also active in his brother’s NDP leadership campaign last year, and balances his legal work with other social justice causes on the side. 

According to The Canadian Press, Gurratan Singh was something of Jagmeet Singh’s right hand man throughout the campaign. 

We recently reported that Gurratan Singh had been door-knocking in Brampton East, which hinted at his candidacy for the provincial seat just last week.

“We know Gurratan has been door-knocking in Brampton East and is considering seeking the nomination there,” a senior NDP campaign official told inbrampton.com. “We look forward to his decision, and our party is very excited about the future of Brampton East.”

Gurratan Singh is no stranger to seeking a political seat in Brampton. He actually ran for Peel Regional Councillor in 2014, in Brampton Wards 9 and 10, but he lost to John Sprovieri.

What do you think of Gurratan Singh’s candidacy for MPP Brampton East?

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