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Jagmeet Singh clears one obstacle to NDP fortunes 

By Susan Riley      

Now that Jagmeet Singh has, finally, condemned the authors of the Air India tragedy, he can move on to more universal concerns. And he may find that the media will stop persecuting him, too.

What took you so long? For months, NDP leader Jagmeet Singh refused repeated invitations to condemn the glorification of specific Sikh separatists, notably Parmar. When pushed on the issue by CBC host Terry Milewski last October, shortly after he became the first non-white to lead a federal political party, Singh called the questioning 'offensive.' The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

CHELSEA, QUE.—Belatedly, tentatively—and after what must have been considerable pressure from within his own party—Jagmeet Singh clarified his position on Talwinder Singh Parmar, named by a commission of inquiry, and others, as mastermind of the 1985 Air India bombing. In an opinion piece in The Globe and Mail last week, and in subsequent interviews, the federal NDP leader said, for the first time, that he accepts the findings of the inquiry and condemns “all responsible for the horror they (Parmar and associates) inflicted.”

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