A few straightforward words and an ejection from the House of Commons have put the NDP's leader in the spotlight. Jagmeet Singh's brother, Gurratan Singh, said that this is nothing new for his sibling. He expressed his support for the remarks on social media.
In a June 17 tweet, the Ontario NDP Member of Provincial Parliament wrote "My whole life, my brother has never, and will never backdown to racists ✊🏾 #cdnpoli."
The younger Singh brother shared the same message on Instagram, adding "And voting against a motion that recognizes systemic racism in the RCMP, is racist."
"If we're going to kick out Jagmeet for calling out racism, but not kick out the racists, then we have a serious problem with our politics. #cdnpoli," he wrote in a follow-up tweet.
Gurratan Singh has often shared a lot of love, respect, and support for his brother on Instagram, writing captions that highlight their relationship.
"Thankful to my brother @jagmeetsingh for teaching me to have Chardi Kala (rising spirits) in the face of adversity and to stay loving in the face of hate ❤️ & 💪🏾" he wrote on December 9, 2019.
In a January 2 post for Jagmeet's birthday, Gurratan wrote "Your whole life prepared you to fight for those being left behind. You've experienced tough times & struggled. But you were a Happy Warrior through it all."
My whole life, my brother has never, and will never backdown to racists ✊🏾 #cdnpoli https://t.co/QTETZQOdnQ— Gurratan Singh (@Gurratan Singh)1592425883.0
Jagmeet Singh was asked to leave the House Of Commons on June 17 after calling Bloc Quebecois MP Alain Therrien a racist for defeating a bill to acknowledge systemic racism in the RCMP.
If we're going to kick out Jagmeet for calling out racism, but not kick out the racists, then we have a serious pro… https://t.co/Ej01mEIeOD— Gurratan Singh (@Gurratan Singh)1592429616.0
The NDP leader has also been asked to apologize or face even worse consequences than a one-day ejection by Bloc leader Yves-François Blanchet.
Gurkiran Kaur Sidhu, Singh's wife, shared a supportive Instagram post, where she also expressed the unfairness of asking her husband to apologize.
"Apologize for calling out racism? Apologize for what he believes? Apologize for wanting a better and inclusive canada? Apologize for wanting to stop the murder of Indigenous and Black lives?" she wrote.