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NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh to publish memoir ahead of federal election

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh speaks to reporters after the tabling of the federal budget in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on March 19, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

TORONTO — NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is set to release a memoir, “Love & Courage,” in the lead-up to the federal election.

Publisher Simon & Schuster says the book follows Singh, who is Sikh, from childhood as he learns lessons about overcoming adversity and the impact of not belonging.

Rather than a political memoir, it’s being billed as a story about “how strengthening the connection between us all is the way to build a better world.”

The title alludes to Singh’s oft-invoked call for “love and courage,” which he deployed in a viral response to a heckler at a 2017 NDP leadership campaign event.

After taking the reins of the federal party, Singh earned a seat in the House of Commons in a byelection last month.

His sights are now set on the post of prime minister as Canadians prepare to vote in this fall’s federal election.

“This book is the story of my family and my personal experiences growing up — sometimes difficult ones. I often felt alone, unworthy, ashamed,” Singh said in a statement.

“I hope this book helps some people feel less alone and know that they deserve love and happiness, no matter what they’ve gone through.”

“Love & Courage” is set to hit bookstores on April 23.

The Canadian Press