A video game livestream session between federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh and a U.S. lawmaker has raised more than $200,000 US in donations.
New York City Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said on Saturday the funds raised during her battle with Singh on the popular online multiplayer game Among Us went toward a number of initiatives aimed at reducing food and housing insecurity in the United States.
“Grateful to all who joined us last night! Wonderful learning from you @theJagmeetSingh,” the firebrand lawmaker said on Twitter.
“Thank you for reminding us that another world is not only possible, but just a few hours’ drive from NYC,” she added, referring to affordable health care and more generous employment insurance north of the border.
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Singh responded: “It was awesome chatting with you about how we can build a better world. In Canada, things aren’t perfect and we face many of the same challenges. But, together we can do better.”
The New Democrat leader, who challenged Ocasio-Cortez on Thursday, said the aim of the friendly head-to-head was to connect with young people.
He told The Canadian Press that the two politicians share progressive values on health care, economic equality and climate change — views that align with a growing slice of younger voters.