The Singh Ascendancy

Jagmeet Singh is a big hit with the Canadian media—not merely because of his youthfulness, hipster cachet, and presumed appeal to millennials, but because he appears to have eclipsed both the NDP's old guard and the Leap pretenders. Good riddance to "cranky old white men" of the Sanders/ Corbyn ilk, writes Noah Richler—and to the party's fixation on "union workers and urban lefties," adds Campbell Clark. Singh is cooler than Tom Mulcair, according to David Coletto—and hotter than Justin Trudeau, says Margaret Wente. NDP stalwart Gerry Caplan calls Singh a winner in part because he's a tabula rasa. Yet the obvious question remains. Cui bono? That's easy. The tragically un-hip Andrew Scheer.