The incident took place at the Professor’s Lake Recreation Centre where the event themed “JagMeet And Greet” was organised. We don’t want hatred to ruin a positive event …
A Vice article said the woman “seemed to be spouting off the rhetoric of an anti-Islam women’s group called Suffragettes Against Silence who are familiar faces in the far-right, anti-Islam circle in Canada”.
Singh, who is running to lead the left-leaning New Democratic Party, or NDP, Canada’s third largest party, was seen calmly answering indirectly to woman’s question that “We welcome you, we support you and we love you”.
As the programme starts, a Canadian woman identified as Jennifer aggressively invades the floor where Singh was making himself ready to speak to his supporters. We don’t want to be intimidated by hate.
Despite what was happening, the 38-year-old Canadian politician kept his cool and talks over the irate woman saying: “What do we believe in?”
Singh’s supporters chanted “Love and Courage”, which is also the politician’s campaign slogan.
As Singh’s supporters try to calm her and keep her away from the politician, she gets angrier and even threatened to call the police.
After four minutes of racial tirade and awkward presumption about Singh’s religious affiliation, Jennifer backed down and chose to leave.
The practising Sikh politician, who wears a turban and sports a long beard, said this is not the first time he had to bare the brunt of racist comments.
“You know growing up as a brown-skin, turbaned, bearded man that I’ve faced things like this before”.
“Kudos for handling such ignorance with grace”, one commenter posted on the video, which was originally posted by community news outlet Brampton Focus. “We can deal with it”, he said soon after the woman left.
Singh is being praised on social media for how he handled the event.