For the first time, members of the Indian Canadian community will compete for mayor, councillors, and trustee positions in Ottawa, Ontario, Canadas capital . Paramjit Singh, a police officer from the Ottawa Police Service of Indian Canadian and Punjabi origin, is competing to become Ottawas next mayor .
For the first time, members of the Indian Canadian community will compete for mayor, councillors, and trustee positions in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada's capital.The municipal elections are held in Ottawa to elect a mayor, city councillors, and trustees to the English and French public school boards, as well as the English and French Catholic school boards.In these elections, both incumbents and council hopefuls do not represent provincial or national political parties.Paramjit Singh, a police officer from the Ottawa Police Service of Indian Canadian and Punjabi origin, is competing to become Ottawa's next mayor.He was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, and settled to the capital district in 2000, where he is fluent in English, French, and Punjabi.Singhs campaign highlights his multicultural background and his 19-year career in the police service, which has influenced his belief in putting the community first.Bina Shah, whose parents immigrated to Canada in the early 1960s, is running for mayor of Kanata South.Being a councillor and joining politics at the municipal level is a good starting point for people and solving problems. Ottawa is Canada's capital city, and there has never been a female person of color at the city council table.I think this is a wonderful opportunity to broaden our council and bring a fresh, relevant angle to city politics and the city's residents, as I believe it.Shah, who has lived in Ottawa since the early 1980s, told the Times of India that I want to be part of this development.She furthered her studies at the University of Toronto before attending Carleton University and has worked in the education industry for more than two decades. Jagmeet Singh, the leader of Canada's New Democratic Party, has shown a strong willingness to hold the Liberal minority government accountable, as has Anita Anand, Canada's minister of national defense, who represents the country on the international stage.Shah finds that being raised with a set of values that comes from her parents' country of origin is the biggest challenge she has faced.Since I was born and raised in Canada, I have been immersed in a different set of ideals: the Canadian ones.She claims that my peers, pop culture, employers, and politics have all influenced me, among others. I'm learning that many people are dissatisfied with municipal politics as I've been knocking on doors, canvassing, and chatting with Ottawa residents in the ward I want to represent.I have always been a believer, and at this moment in our history, it is crucial that our elected representatives truly listen to our constituents.Our representatives must know the concerns of our customers and their challenges, she said, adding that they must help them deal with the challenges.Although Ottawa's Indian community is flourishing, with many Indian Canadians running businesses and serving the community as doctors and educators, Nagmani Sharma, the city council candidate for West Carleton, feels that there is no Indian Canadian representation in the city. In Ottawa, the other communities are getting more involved; in addition to the national parliament, there are 17 MPs of Indian origin, but there is no one in the city council, according to Sharma, a prominent member of the community.He is the secretary of the Durga temple in Ottawa, and is affiliated with several other Indian groups.He has also worked with many non-profit organizations and charities.Ottawa is Canada's capital, and it is critical that Indian Canadians have greater access to representation for their voices. He is contesting from a rural area, and as part of his campaign, he advocates for farmers and land owners.Jay Chadha, a second candidate of Indian origin, is running for mayor of Barrhaven West ward.