With Canada going to the polls on September 20, Bernie Sanders has announced his endorsement of Jagmeet Singh, leader of the New Democratic Party.
In a tweet published on Friday, Sanders said the party stood up for working people in the pandemic and that Singh is “the one leader who has the courage to make the wealthy pay their fair share so everyone gets the medication they need.
Canada’s New Democratic Party has run on a platform of tackling economic inequality, addressing the climate emergency and strengthening public health care, among other major progressive causes.
Singh’s party won nearly 16 percent of the vote at the 2019 federal election. Recent opinion polling suggests the NDP is on track to record a better result in 2021.
The two major parties, the Conservatives and Liberals, are currently neck-and-neck in the polls, with just over 30 per cent each.
Sanders’ endorsement isn’t the first from a high-profile American political leader. Former president Barack Obama endorsed Liberal leader and incumbent prime minister Justin Trudeau on Friday.