Sandhu, Grewal, Malhi, Brar, Toor, Gill in the electoral fray, this is Canada, not Punjab
Chandigarh: 20 candidates of Punjabi origin are in the fray in the Ontario provincial elections to be held on June 2 for 123 constituencies in Canada.
South Asian vote banks, especially Punjabis, are prominently seen as a pressure group in provincial elections across Canada. But Ontario is the political center dominated by Punjabis. The three major political parties – the Progressive Conservative Party (PC), the Liberals and the National Democratic Party (NDP) – rely heavily on South Asian votes and parties have “substantial representation” by fielding their communities.
The Progressive Conservative Party and the Liberals have fielded six candidates of Punjabi origin. While the New Democratic Party has fielded five, Greene has fielded two candidates and will be an independent.
Toronto’s Brampton and Mississauga suburbs are mostly dominated by the Indian diaspora, most of whom are Sikhs and non-Sikh Punjabis. Punjabi is contesting on 11 seats from both these places.
The Progressive Conservative Party (PCP) has fielded Deepak Anand from Mississauga Malton, Hardeep Grewal from Brampton East and Amarjot Sandhu from Brampton West. The Liberals have fielded Harinder Malhi from Brampton North, Jannat Grewal from Brampton East, Aman Gill from Mississauga Malton, Rimmy Jhajj from Brampton West, Manpreet Brar from Essex and Ruby Toor from Brantford Brent.
The NDP has fielded Sandeep Singh from Brampton North, Sara Singh from Brampton Centre, Jasleen Kamboj from Thornhill and Navjot Kaur from Brampton West. The Green Party has contested Anip Dhade from Brampton North and Mini Batra from Durham, while Manjot Sekhon has contested from the Ontario Party. Here is a brief profile of some of these candidates.
Deepak Anand (PCP, Mississauga Malton)
Deepak Anand was first elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario in 2018 and is trying his luck once again. Originally from SAS Nagar, Punjab, he is a Chemical Engineer, who has studied from Panjab University. After emigrating to Canada, he did his MBA from a Canadian university. He is from the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario. Before being elected, Anand was involved in community service.
Hardeep Grewal (PCP, Brampton East)
Hardeep has been active in community service in Brampton for over a decade. He has worked with the Guru Gobind Singh Children’s Foundation and C-SASIL (Canadian South Asian Supporting Independent Living). He began to establish a foothold in provincial politics at a very young age. Hardeep Grewal said, “I am incredibly honored to be named as your PC candidate for Brampton East.” “I am proud to join the team that has made and will continue to make a significant investment in supporting the people of Brampton.”
Amarjot Sandhu (PCP, Brampton West)
Born in Punjab, Amarjot moved to Canada as a student in 2008. He went to George Brown College in Toronto. To complete his education, he did many things like driving a truck and working in a factory. Thereafter, he started working as a computer engineer. Coming from a political family in Punjab, politics was a natural choice for Sandhu and he went into politics. Sandhu is already a member of the provincial parliament for the ride of Brampton West and is trying his luck again.
Harinder Malhi (Liberal, Brampton North)
Malhi’s family is from India. She speaks fluent Punjabi. His father, Gurbax Malhi, was also a moderate between 1993 and 2011. Malhi has studied public administration and governance. She worked as a sales agent at a telecommunications company in Brampton and later as a realtor. Malhi has been fielded as a moderate candidate from Brampton (North).
Jannat Grewal (Liberal, Brampton East)
Jannat is a Liberal candidate from Brampton East. She is a teacher and also a businessman. She wants to represent the progressive voices of her community. She is a 24/7 community leader and her supporters say her victory will make a difference in Brampton East.
Aman Gill (Liberal Mississauga Malton)
Born in Mississauga, Aman Gill started in politics at a very young age. Currently, he is pursuing his JD (Juris Doctor) at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. At the University of Toronto, he is a member of the South Asian Law Students Association and a JD Student Ambassador for the Admissions Office. He is considered a strong candidate from Mississauga Malton.
Rimmy Jhajj (Liberal, Brampton West)
Rimmi Jhajj is a Para-Medic. Rimi has dedicated her life to a career in public service. Prior to this, he spent several years with Brampton Youth Council. Rimi studied at the University of Western Ontario where she did her B.Sc in Nursing. Progressive has fielded him from Brampton (West).
Ruby Toor (Liberal, Brentford Brent)
Toor was born in Delhi and completed his college from Delhi in 1978. She is fighting Brentford Brent. An executive director at Amber Lee Place, a retirement home on St. Paul Avenue, Toor finished third in the 2018 provincial elections. But this time he hopes to win the election.
Sandeep Singh (NDP, Brampton North)
The Ontario NDP (ONDP) has announced Sandeep Singh as its candidate for Brampton North. Sandeep is a “Human Rights Advocate and has experience in running a small business.” Dead against the politics of liberals His top priority is healthcare.
Sara Singh (NDP, Brampton Centre)
Sara is an Indo-Caribbean and was born in 1986. He is one of the two current deputy leaders of the Ontario New Democratic Party. Singh was first elected to the Ontario Legislative Assembly in the 2018 provincial elections. She represents the riding of Brampton Center. Singh was born in Brampton. His mother is Guyanese and his father is from Punjab.
Aneep Dhade (Green Party, Brampton North)
Aneep Dhade was raised in Brampton North. “Brampton is my home, and I’ve seen its diverse population blossom for more than thirty years,” she said. “Anip is a dedicated and experienced public servant,” said Ontario Greens leader Mike Schreiner. Their biggest concerns are housing affordability and mental health issues.