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Indo-Canadian Amarjeet Sohi, ex-cabinet minister, elected mayor of Edmonton | World News

A bus driver previously, Indo-Canadian Amarjeet Sohi had a spell on the City Council earlier than he ran for the Liberal Party from the driving of Edmonton Mill Woods within the 2015 common election

Former Indo-Canadian cupboard minister Amarjeet Sohi has been elected mayor of the town of Edmonton in Canada’s Alberta. The 57-year-old had opted out of contesting in lately held common elections to concentrate on successful the mayoral polls.

A former metropolis bus driver, Sohi served within the City Council earlier than he ran for the Liberal Party from the driving of Edmonton Mill Woods within the 2015 nationwide elections.

After narrowly defeating then minister of state Tim Uppal of the Conservative Party, Sohi was appointed cupboard minister by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Over the following 4 years, he dealt with the portfolios of pure resources, after which infrastructure and communities.

Sohi, who was born in what’s now the Malerkotla district of Punjab, had lost to Uppal in 2019 and thereafter set his sights on the mayoral elections.

He defeated his closest rival Mike Nickel on Monday night time in mayoral polls which might be historically not held alongside social gathering traces.

Outgoing mayor Don Iveson congratulated Sohi on his victory, saying, “I’ve had the pleasure of working with mayor-elect Sohi during his time as city councilor, and have always appreciated and been inspired by how hard he has worked for our community. I have no doubt Edmonton will thrive under his leadership.”

Another mayor of Indian origin is finishing his time period main the town of Calgary, additionally in Alberta.

Naheed Nenshi, the primary Muslim to be elected mayor of a serious Canadian metropolis when he achieved that feat in 2010, has chosen to not run once more.

The new mayor within the metropolis additionally has roots in India as Jyoti Gondek was elected on Monday night time. She was born within the UK to Punjabi dad and mom, initially from India, and the household emigrated to Canada when she was aged 4.

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