Six Indo-Canadian Punjabis made their mark on Ontario, Canada’s local elections to the provincial legislature
Six Indo-Canadian Punjabis have been elected to the provincial legislature of Ontario with as many as 20 Punjabis contesting the polls in the Brampton and Mississauga regions of Ontario, as reported by The Indian Panorama.
The winners are:
- Hardeep Grewal who was elected from Brampton East
- Prabmeet Sarkaria who was elected from Brampton South
- Amarjot Sandhu who was elected from Brampton West
- Nina Tangri who was elected from Mississauga Streetville
- Deepak Anand who was elected from Mississauga Malton
- Parm Gill who was elected from Milton
All the Indian-origin winners from the Progressive Conservative Party are Punjabis.
In the Brampton East constituency, Hardeep Grewal defeated the incumbent Gurratan Singh who was representing the New Democratic Party and happens to be the brother of Jagmeet, a high-profile member of the federal parliament and NDP leader. Grewal’s win was unexpected as he is a novice to the field of politics and will be a first-time Member of the Provincial Parliament, as reported by The Star.
“We worked hard. My team is great. We knocked on thousands and thousands of doors.”
Hardeep Grewal, Newly Elected Member of Provincial Parliament, Brampton East, Ontario
Prabmeet Sarkaria became the first turban-wearing minister in Ontario in 2019 when he became the Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction. In 2021, he got a full cabinet as President of the Treasury Board and was re-elected as Member of Provincial Parliament from Brampton South.
Amarjot Sandhu, who has been the sitting member of provincial parliament since 2018, is also the Chairman of the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs. Sandhu retained the Brampton West seat in the recent June 2022 elections. As an international student from Punjab, Sandhu founded the International Students Federation and worked as a computer engineer before getting elected as a Member of Provincial Parliament in 2018 provincial elections.
Nina Tangri who has been re-elected from Mississauga-Streetsville, was previously the Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction in the incumbent government. She has held several other crucial positions as well.
Deepak Anand was also re-elected from Mississauga-Malton. He has been performing various legislative roles such as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Labour, Training, and Skills Development, in addition to being a Special Advisor to the Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade. His specialty lies in developing partnerships between India and Ontario.
Parm Gill was re-elected to his seat at Milton. He tweeted “Thank You, Milton! Let’s continue to build on the success we’ve made over the last four years.”