The 2012 NDP leadership convention has begun. Organizers say more than 4,500 delegates have gathered at Toronto's Metro Convention Centre to choose the party's next leader.
5:00 p.m. EST -- Martin Singh finished off the day's speeches, telling delegates about both his past and his hopes for the future.
Throughout the campaign, many dismissed Singh as an inexperienced candidate with no chance of winning. But during his speech his core group of supporters, including his wife and three children, stood near the stage, chanting his name with the same ferocity other candidates got.
Martin Singh called for a nation-wide pharmacare plan
The Nova Scotia businessman began his 20-minute time slot with a cartoon video explaining why he, a white Nova Scotian with Anglo-Saxon roots, was a Sikh.
He said he had found the religion in high school, married an Indian woman and was now an active member of the Sikh community.