Baptised Sikh girl Navjit Kaur Brar elected councillor in Brampton
Toronto, October 26
An Indo-Canadian healthcare employee Navjit Kaur Brar has grow to be the primary baptised Sikh girl to be elected as a councillor of Brampton metropolis in Canada.
Brar, a respiratory therapist, was on Monday elected the Brampton metropolis councillor within the latest municipal council (MC) polls after she gained the race in Wards No. 2 and 6.
I believe lots of people can relate to me. I’m only a respiratory therapist. I’ve labored with lots of people. I plan to work to signify all demographics. I’m a mother of three and lots of people in Brampton are households. — Navjit Kaur Brar, Brampton councillor
A mom of three beat Jermaine Chambers, a former Conservative MP candidate for Brampton West. She secured 28.85 per cent of the votes forged in MC polls.
Chambers, the closest contender obtained 22.59 per cent and Carmen Wilson got here in third with 15.41 per cent votes, the Brampton Guardian reported.
As a part of her marketing campaign, Brar knocked on over 40,000 doorways and spoke to over 22,500 residents within the final two months.
“I’m so pleased with @Navjitkaurbrar. She was a selfless and devoted front-line healthcare employee through the pandemic. She has stepped up for public service. I’m assured that she will likely be an exceptional addition to Brampton Metropolis Council,” Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown, who gained a second time period within the latest election, tweeted.
Brar, who beforehand ran because the Ontario NDP candidate in Brampton West, had misplaced to the present Progressive Conservative MP Amarjot Sandhu.
One other Sikh candidate, Gurpartap Singh Toor, knocked off his opponent Gurpreet Dhillon in Wards No. 9 and 10 by a scant margin of 227 votes.
The report mentioned as many as 40 Punjabis have been within the fray for Brampton civic elections and solely 87,155 of the 354,884 eligible voters turned as much as forged ballots, an abysmal voter turnout of roughly 24.56 per cent.
The Indo-Canadian group, together with councillor candidates, had raised issues over the election date overlapping with Diwali, one of many most-awaited festivals celebrated by the massive swathe of Indian diaspora in Canada.
“It is rather problematic that the elections are happening on Diwali day, particularly the municipal polls which have all the time seen a low voter turnout,” mentioned Gurpratap Singh Toor.
Elections for the municipal authorities are held each 4 years on the fourth Monday of October, which fell on October 24 this time.
Brar, who has little political expertise, mentioned, “I believe lots of people can relate to me. I’m only a respiratory therapist. I’ve truly labored with lots of people. I’m a mother of three and lots of people in Brampton are households.”
Brar centered on three areas, which embrace constructing new infrastructure, decreasing crime and enhancing highway security.
Brar mentioned she deliberate to work arduous to signify all demographics in her ward. “I’m excited. I’m so pleased with all Bramptonians, who’ve voted, ensuring our voices are being heard greater than ever earlier than,” she mentioned earlier than the announcement.