October 2, 2017 7:00 am
Updated: October 2, 2017 7:51 am

Scott Thompson: Finally, an NDP candidate with a decent suit. Can he fill it?

Jagmeet Singh listens a speech before the announcement he won the first ballot in the NDP leadership race to be elected the leader of the federal New Democrats in Toronto, Oct. 1, 2017.


The federal NDP has a flashy new leader who may make Justin Trudeau look like Mr. Rogers by the next election.

And 38-year-old Jagmeet Singh was in GQ long before doing so.

The charismatic Sikh has captured the attention of Canadians while jolting the comatose NDP out of its post-Thomas Mulcair haze.

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The NDP, which has sat by and watched the Liberals steal most of their thunder, has floundered for an identity since the loss of Jack Layton.

When Mulcair failed to cash in on the party’s success, the party struggled for an identity between the left of mainstream and their socialism roots of tweed jackets with patched elbows.

Does Jagmeet Singh connect with a new generation who have been left behind in a capitalistic world?

Or is that easy to preach when you’ve enjoyed that prosperity, and opportunity while selling socialism?

The new leader does offer something that always seems to be lacking in a typical NDP candidate.

A decent suit.

Time will tell if he can fill it.

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