Calgary And Edmonton To Have Mayors Of Punjab’s Origin

Calgary And Edmonton To Have Mayors Of Punjab’s Origin

As the municipal election has wrapped up, now it has been a new look to the city. Amarjeet Sohibroke new grounds Edmonton’s first mayor of South Asia whereas Jyoti Gondek became the first female mayor of Calgary.

Amarjeet Sohi, a former city councilor and federal Liberal cabinet minister became Edmonton’s first mayor of South Asian origin. Amarjeet Sohi was born in Punjab, India in 1964. He was a city bus driver and an Edmonton city councilor before entering federal politics and serving as minister of Natural Resources and minister of Infrastructure and Communities under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. 

Edmonton’s outgoing mayor, Don Iveson, had decided not to run for re-election. Sohi rolled to a commanding victory in Monday’s municipal election. With more than 98 percent of voting stations reporting, Sohi had a lead of 45,273 votes over Mike Nickel, his closest challenger.

Moreover, Calgary had also elected its first female mayor Jyoti Gondek. On Tuesday morning, Calgray’s unofficial election results had Jyoti winning with 45 percent of vote and 99 percent of stations with runner up Jeromy Farkas trailing by more than 57000 ballots.

The new mayor in the city also has roots in India as Jyoti Gondek. She was born in the UK to Punjabi parents, originally from India, and the family emigrated to Canada when she was aged four. Gondek is a self described ‘centrist’ was first elected to Calgary city council in 2017 and precisely sat on the Calgary planning commission and headed the Westman Centre for Real Estate Studies at the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business. Further, she has a PhD in urban sociology.

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