Once a rising star in Canadian politics, Jagmeet Singh’s popularity soared, aided by his TikTok presence. But now, reduced to a kingmaker and a source of amusement in Parliament, his popularity has plummeted. What happened and how exactly, the rising star of Canada suddenly became a joke? Let’s explore.
From Scarborough to Stardom
Jagmeet Singh’s journey began in Scarborough, Ontario, marked by a turbulent family life. His father’s alcoholism and abusive behavior led him to take custody of his younger brother Gurratan. Singh’s rise in Canadian politics initially seemed promising when he was elected as the leader of the New Democrats in 2017.
His popularity surged after a strong debate performance in the 2019 election, yet the party struggled to capitalize on this success due to limited funds. With increased funding and a robust social media presence, Singh’s image is now widespread, even on TikTok, where he enjoys a substantial following.
However, this online presence, while enhancing his popularity, has also raised questions about his seriousness as a politician, diverting attention from him to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
The Trudeau-Singh Tango
After the 2019 Canadian federal election, Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party found itself in a minority government position, necessitating support from opposition parties for legislative approval. Trudeau and Jagmeet Singh, leader of the New Democratic Party (NDP), established an informal alliance.
Under this understanding, the NDP decided to back the Liberal government on confidence votes and significant policy matters, while the Liberals would consider implementing NDP priorities.
This alliance has enabled Trudeau to maintain power, pursue his policy agenda, and avert the risk of a sudden election. In exchange, Singh’s NDP has influenced government decisions and secured policy concessions, particularly in healthcare and climate change.
This cooperation has brought stability to Canadian politics, ensuring the government functions effectively despite the Liberal Party’s minority status. Furthermore, Singh, having regained his political footing through this alliance, is now positioning himself to challenge Trudeau for the Prime Minister’s seat.
Singh’s Parliamentary Misadventures
In the final session of Canada’s House of Commons this year, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh made a statement that triggered laughter among MPs when he asserted, “When I’m prime minister, I will keep my promises.” This led to a disruption of laughter and catcalls lasting almost a minute. House Speaker Anthony Rota intervened to restore order, and Singh eventually repeated his statement, earning a standing ovation from his caucus members.
This incident occurred as Singh addressed the healthcare crisis in Canada and emphasized Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s unfulfilled pledge to hire more healthcare professionals. Singh has threatened to withdraw support from the minority Liberal government if more isn’t done to address the healthcare crisis, as outlined in the “supply and confidence” agreement between the NDP and the Liberals.
However, the reality is that Singh’s statement may be more aspirational than realistic, as he currently holds the role of a kingmaker rather than a prospective prime minister.
Time to move on
As a result, most of NDP supporters now believe NDP should move on from Jagmeet Singh. A recent report from Sudbury paints a concerning picture for Jagmeet Singh, leader of Canada’s New Democratic Party (NDP). Singh’s popularity has experienced a noticeable decline among Canadians, influenced by several significant factors.
First, Singh’s handling of critical issues, notably the healthcare crisis, has faced criticism. Pediatric emergency rooms have been inundated with children suffering from respiratory illnesses, highlighting what some perceive as a lack of effective action and communication.
Second, Singh’s credibility has been eroded by the failure to fulfill campaign promises. His commitment to hiring 7,500 nurses and doctors, if achieved, could have mitigated the healthcare crisis, but the apparent inability to deliver on this pledge has eroded public trust.
Additionally, Singh’s recent controversial statement in the House of Commons, where he proclaimed his aspirations to become prime minister, was met with mockery from fellow MPs, casting doubt on his leadership abilities.
Furthermore, Singh’s threat to withdraw support from the minority Liberal government if healthcare issues aren’t adequately addressed has divided opinions. Singh’s perceived inability to address critical issues and fulfill promises has diminished his popularity and raised questions about his leadership within the party.
Despite once harboring dreams of becoming Canada’s prime minister, Singh is now grappling with the reality of potential leadership loss within his own party, as many Canadians believe the NDP would fare better with a different leader in the next election.
Jagmeet Singh’s journey from PM aspirations to popularity woes reflects a political rollercoaster. His leadership faces turbulence due to healthcare challenges, unmet promises, and a cringe-worthy Commons moment. Canadians now ponder if the NDP could thrive sans Singh. Perhaps, its time for a leadership change in the NDP.