Jagmeet Singh sworn in as a Member of Parliament

Singh won byelection in B.C.'s Burnaby South last month

Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh can finally take his official seat in the House of Commons after being sworn in as an MP on Sunday. 

He is the first person of colour to lead a federal party. 

In a speech after he was sworn in, Singh thanked the people of Burnaby South for allowing him to be their voice in Ottawa, as well as his friends, family and supporters. 

"Any time you achieve anything, there are so many people that made it possible. You never do it alone."...

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Being a leader means serving: Singh

Singh says his strategy in the House is to push for more affordable housing, an environmentally responsible economy, reconciliation with Indigenous peoples and better healthcare. 

He says he'll treat his role as rooted in the Punjabi translation of the word 'leader,' which translates roughly into English as "the one who serves."

"We're going to have a tough road ahead of us," he said, acknowledging the party only has a few months to convince Canadians that the NDP is a viable option. 

"Together we're going to change this country."  

The NDP head into October's election with more than a dozen incumbent MPs stepping down and dismal fundraising numbers. 

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