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Singh matches wits with Oca­sio-Cortez

NDP leader takes on Amer­i­can con­gress­woman in pub­lic video-gam­ing ses­sion

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OT­TAWA — Jag­meet Singh com­mit­ted a grisly slay­ing in front of Alexan­dria Oca­sio-Cortez on Fri­day night. For­tu­nately, the vic­tim was a video game char­ac­ter, not a hu­man be­ing.

The NDP leader squared off against the fire­brand mem­ber of the U.S. Congress in Among Us, an on­line mul­ti­player game, as a way to reach young peo­ple.

Be­tween galac­tic mis­sions car­ried out by stubby, space­suit-clad avatars, Singh and Oca­sio-Cortez ex­tolled the im­por­tance of univer­sal phar­ma­care, a liv­ing wage, civic de­cency and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion over pun­ish­ment.

“An­other world is not only pos­si­ble, but it ex­ists. And in so many places in the U.S. it ex­ists, like, a three-hour drive away from peo­ple who are say­ing it’s im­pos­si­ble,” said Oca­sio-Cortez, re­fer­ring to cheap health care and more gen­er­ous em­ploy­ment in­sur­ance.

Leg­is­la­tors have an obli­ga­tion to con­nect with younger Cana­di­ans strug­gling to cope with the pan­demic, said Singh, who had chal­lenged the U.S. rep­re­sen­ta­tive over Twit­ter on Thurs­day.

“I think it’s a great way to reach out to young peo­ple who have been re­ally hard-hit by COVID-19, who of­ten get blamed. But they’re the ones that are work­ing in the jobs that ex­pose them — in ser­vice jobs, in re­tail jobs, in restau­rants and bars,” Singh said. “Also they’re the ones who lost their jobs, be­cause th­ese are the sec­tors that have been im­pacted by the shut­down. It’s re­ally hard to phys­i­cally dis­tance when you don’t have a ca­reer set­tled and you’re still go­ing to school or you haven’t found a part­ner.”

Singh said he and AOC, as the con­gress­woman from New York is known, share pro­gres­sive val­ues on health care, eco­nomic equal­ity and cli­mate change, views that align with a grow­ing slice of younger vot­ers.

 ?? SEAN KILPATRICK, CP ?? NDP Leader Jag­meet Singh dur­ing ques­tion pe­riod on Par­lia­ment Hill on Thurs­day.
SEAN KILPATRICK, CP NDP Leader Jag­meet Singh dur­ing ques­tion pe­riod on Par­lia­ment Hill on Thurs­day.

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