He’s young, charismatic, popular across age demographics, and he’s vying for the Prime Minister position during the next Canadian federal election.
No, not Justin Trudeau. We’re talking about the next-in-line to be PM, Jagmeet Singh, who is poised to dethrone Trudeau.
It’s hard to imagine Justin Trudeau losing a popularity contest (because, come on, that’s all an election really is) but not all Canadians are smitten with the current PM.
Over the course of Trudeau’s ongoing tenure as Prime Minister, he’s shown himself to be a capable leader, but not the one people expected.
Trudeau promised electoral reform, environmentally-minded decisions, and a break away from the “typical” politician.
Instead we got a broken promise on electoral reform, the Trans Mountain Pipeline, surprisingly conservative rhetoric, and obscene spending on vacations to the Bahamas… among other things.
Yes, Trudeau can snap a great selfie and has made Canada look great on the world stage, but back at home, he’s no longer the nation’s golden boy.
Enter Jagmeet Singh, the newly-made leader of the New Democratic Party and a possible force for real change in Canada.
Originally from Scarborough in Toronto, Singh moved around a bit growing up, never leading the privileged life of a Prime Minister’s son like someone else we know.
Singh used to be a criminal defence lawyer before getting into politics, endowing the new NDP leader with some credible experience and a skillset befitting a world leader.
And, as is plainly seen from his (often brightly coloured) turban, Singh is a practising Sikh.
Taken all together, we have a politician who isn’t born of intense privilege, understands the plights of racial and religious minorities, is incredibly intelligent, and can connect with Canadians of any creed or class.
Singh, in many ways, is reflective of modern Canada, and that’s why he’s so damn popular among young and old alike.
Trudeau doesn’t have the entirety of the youth vote anymore. After many of Trudeau’s broken promises, young Canadians aren’t as enchanted with the current Prime Minister as they were a few years ago.
Singh, on the other hand, is the alluring new option who may actually make some beneficial change in Canada if elected.
Singh is kind of like Trudeau 2.0. But instead of being a white guy (like every other Prime Minister we’ve ever had) who is obsessed with his image, Singh is a largely self-made man who truly reflects Canada’s diversity.
The only obstacle in Singh’s path to Prime Minster-hood is Quebec.
Why? Well, Quebecers have a well-known dislike for religious attire. The debates about wearing a burka or niqab are STILL ongoing.
Singh’s turban, a symbol of his religion, could put off Quebecers, a crucial voting pool.
Hopefully, that won’t be the case. Politics is all about image, but Trudeau’s has lost its lustre, and Singh shouldn’t be discredited because of his religious and cultural background.
But we got a full two years until the next federal election. Trudeau may make some strong moves to re-convince us how amazing he is.
Or, as is more likely, he’ll keep doing what he’s doing, leaving the door open for a new contender (like Singh) to move in and take the lead.