First Turban-Wearing Sikh Woman Becomes Councillor of Canada’s Brampton

Brampton,  Oct 30 2022

Navjit Kaur Brar, an Indo-Canadian healthcare worker has become the first turban-wearing Sikh woman to be elected as a city councillor of Brampton city in Canada.

The mother of three beat Jermaine Chambers, a former Conservative MP candidate for Brampton West, as she secured 28.85 percent of the votes cast. Chambers, the nearest contender received 22.59 percent and Carmen Wilson came in third at 15.41 percent, the Brampton Guardian reported.

As part of her campaign I am so proud of @Navjitkaurbrar, she knocked on over 40,000 doors and spoke to over 22,500 residents in the last two months.

Brar, who has little political experience, said: “I think a lot of people can relate to me. I’m just a respiratory therapist. I’ve actually worked with a lot of people. I’m a mom of three and a lot of people in Brampton are families.” Brar focused on three areas — building new infrastructure, reducing crime, and improving road safety.

The report said as many as 40 Punjabis were in the fray for Brampton civic elections and only 87,155 of the 354,884 eligible voters turned up to cast ballots — an abysmal voter turnout of approximately 24.56 percent.

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