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Trudeau vs. Singh? NDP frontrunner’s ‘dynamism’ makes him party’s best hope in 2019, say supporters

By Christopher Guly      

'You can’t teach leadership qualities—they come from within, and Jagmeet’s got it,' says Brad Lavigne, a Singh supporter and former principal secretary to Jack Layton.

Jagmeet Singh has racked up a lead in donations, memberships, volunteers, and endorsements from active politicians, over his competitors for the NDP leadership. Party members start voting Sept. 18 for the winner. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

By the numbers, Jagmeet Singh is the front-runner in the current federal NDP leadership race. The 38-year-old Ontario MPP, who recently served as deputy leader of the provincial New Democrats, has reportedly signed up more new members (47,000), received more endorsements from former and current NDP federal and provincial politicians (27), and raised more money (more than $350,000) than his three rivals. But if Mr. Singh has the most votes when they're tallied next month, he might be

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