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Oct. 3, 2017
For Immediate Release

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Waterloo – Jagmeet Singh has been elected as the new leader of the federal New Democratic Party. He is the first visible minority politician to lead a major federal party. The following Laurier experts are available to comment on the various implications the new NDP leader may have for Canadian politics.

John Milloy, assistant professor of public ethics at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary and practitioner-in-residence in the Department of Political Science. A former Ontario cabinet minister and advisor to Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, he served in the Ontario Legislature with Jagmeet Singh. His area of interest is the intersection between religion and politics. Contact:

Andrea Perella, associate professor of political science and director of the Laurier Institute for the Study of Public Opinion and Policy (LISPOP), is an expert on political behaviour, electoral politics, political communication, and Canadian, Ontario and Quebec politics. He is fluent in English and French. Contact:

Barry Kay, associate professor of political science, is an expert on public opinion, elections and projecting seat distributions, the politics of policy making and Canadian politics. Contact:

Jason Roy, associate professor of political science, is an expert on Canadian political participation and behaviour, electoral politics and public opinion. Contact: or 519-884-0710 x3724.

Simon Kiss, assistant professor of digital media and journalism, is an expert on party politics, political communication and the role of the media in politics, including in the formulation of public opinion and policy. Contact:

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Media Contacts:

Kevin Crowley, Director

Communications and Public Affairs, Wilfrid Laurier University

T: 519.884.0710 x3070


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