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NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh announces he has become a father of a baby girl

The NDP leader has previously expressed his excitement about becoming a father
NDP leader Jagmeet Singh and his wife Gurkiran Kaur Sidhu record a tip top dance for Tik Tok by the campaign plane at the airport in Vancouver on Wednesday, August 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh has become a father for the first time, to a baby daughter.

Singh announced Thursday that he and his wife Gurkiran Kaur welcomed a baby girl into the world on Monday.

“Our powerful little baby girl is basically my birthday present for life,” Singh wrote on Twitter.

“Momma bear and baby are healthy and our hearts are filled with gratitude.”

Singh celebrated his 43rd birthday the day before his daughter’s birth.

The NDP leader has previously expressed his excitement about becoming a father.

He and his wife, a fashion designer, were married in February 2018 in a traditional Sikh wedding. They honeymooned in Mexico.

The NDP leader, who has campaigned in the past for better paternity and maternity benefits for new parents, is planning to take some paternity leave.

Parliament has not yet returned after the winter holiday break.

“He’s planning to take some time off to spend time with his wife and new baby,” said an NDP spokesperson.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted congratulations from him and his wife, saying the birth was “wonderful news.”

“Sophie and I are wishing you all good health and many happy moments together,” Trudeau said.

Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole also offered his congratulations on Twitter, adding: “Wishing you all the very best as you both enter parenthood!”

Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet offered congratulations and good wishes from himself, his MPs and party members.

“There are few happier events or magnificent results than a birth,” Blanchet tweeted.

—The Canadian Press

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