The Leader of The New Democratic party was in Cranbrook on Friday as part of his first official visit to the East Kootenays.
Jagmeet Singh hosted a “Jagmeet and greet” at the office of MP Wayne Stetski.
Singh gave a brief speech before having his picture taken with attendees.
He spoke about his reasons for getting involved with politics, including his mother educating him that everybody is connected.
“That’s really the theme of what I’ve realized as I traveled across this country,” Singh says. “We share so much in common. East coast, west Coast, different places, Recent immigrants, older immigrants, ar some point or other, we came here and we share so much more in common despite thees superficial differences.
Singh spoke to residents about housing issues and how his own family lost their home at one point.
He says no should have to go through those kinds of struggles.
“In a country as rich as ours and as amazing as ours, that should not be how things are,” Singh says. “People should be able to have,a minimum, a safe and dignified place to go home to.”
Singh was also presented with a sash pin from a representative of the Metis nation.
– Jagmeet Singh, NDP leader