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Jagmeet Singh sets a new standard for political memoirs

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John Diefenbaker, Tommy Douglas, and David Lewis each had difficult, even scarring, childhoods. Illness, poverty, prejudice were part of their early lives.

Yet, like their fellow party leaders of that era, those painful memories were not part of their public biography. It was not acceptable to discuss that type of personal history as recently as a decade ago.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been somewhat circumspect about the challenges of his parents’ very difficult marriage, and its impact on him having to navigate the issues it presented him as the eldest son. Friends’ private accounts are clear just how heavy was the impact of that pain in his childhood.

It is therefore almost astonishing the candour and courage that Jagmeet Singh has displayed with his new memoir “Love & Courage: My Story Of Family, Resilience, And Overcoming The Unexpected.” More binding than even the taboos within anglophone and francophone culture, families of a variety of other cultural backgrounds are even more unforgiving about public airing of family distress. One may hope a younger........

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