It’s been a busy couple of months for Canada’s major party leaders, and with less than a week left until election day, things are unlikely to be slowing down. However, New Democratic Party leader, Jagmeet Singh, took a couple of hours out of his busy schedule on Tuesday, to show his parents around the NDP’s private plane. Sharing a rare insight into his family life, Singh took to Instagram to share some heartwarming photos of their reunion.
Posting several intimate photos on his Instagram and Twitter accounts, Singh wrote, “My family has been through a lot over the years. Their resilience has inspired me beyond words. So having my mom and dad drop by during a busy day of campaigning was a special moment I’ll never forget.”
The rare photos showed Singh warmly embracing both of his parents during their visit, and also showed them smiling against the backdrop of the NDP's chartered plane.
An additional video shared by CBC New journalist, Hannah Thibedeau, showed Singh introducing both of his elderly parents to the reclining feature of his plane’s seats, which they both seemed to enjoy thoroughly!
NDP leader @theJagmeetSingh gives his mom and dad a tour of his election plane. They really liked the reclining s… https://t.co/Rhrv20HPyf— Hannah Thibedeau (@Hannah Thibedeau) 1571177156.0
Singh’s heartwarming post was met with many kind comments from his Twitter followers, who responded to the video to let the NDP leader know how sweet his seldom-seen parents seemed to be.
One of Singh’s followers wrote, “Love to your mom and dad, and thanks to them for sharing you with us!”
Another replied to say, “This is very sweet. I'm sure they are super proud of you.”
@theJagmeetSingh Love to your mom and dad, and thanks to them for sharing you with us ❤️— Elle Peah ...- - -... (@Elle Peah ...- - -...) 1571180577.0
@theJagmeetSingh This is very sweet. ;w; I'm sure they are super proud of you.— 🎃CelticMagician🎃🏳️🌈 (@🎃CelticMagician🎃🏳️🌈) 1571180442.0
@theJagmeetSingh They must be so proud of you! You have inspired a lot of people. Best of luck!— Kathie Orr (@Kathie Orr) 1571187645.0
@theJagmeetSingh Your dad has the kindest eyes!— morgan. (@morgan.) 1571178315.0
@theJagmeetSingh Absolutely heartwarming— David D (@David D) 1571229000.0
As the election has progressed, many of the country’s major party leaders have shared adorable photos with their families online. While Singh’s parents are rarely seen on his social media platforms, photos with his wife, Gurkiran Kaur Sidhu, are often shared with his thousands of followers.
Similarly, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, are always sharing candid photos of the two of them together, and pictures of their three kids are also fairly common.
Things are no different for Conservative leader, Andrew Scheer, who has also been known to share behind-the-scene photos of his family life on his social media channels.
There’s no doubt that the stress and the pressure of this upcoming election will have been taking a toll on all of the leaders’ families, too. However, it won’t last for much longer!
Canadians will head to the polls on Monday, October 21.