OTTAWA: Indian-origin Amarjeet Sohi has been elected mayor of the city of Edmonton in Canada’s Alberta.
57-year-old Amarjeet Sohi will be Edmonton’s 36th mayor as four incumbent councillors went down to defeat in the city’s municipal election Monday night.
Sohi won with 45 per cent of votes and was followed by former councillors Mike Nickel (25 per cent), Kim Krushell (17 per cent) and Michael Oshry (six per cent).
“I know that these last few years have been tough,” said Sohi. “I’m honoured with the privilege to lead us towards a new chapter with better days ahead.”
“Let’s get to work. Let’s build a city that’s a place of opportunity for all.”
Edmonton, I love you. And I am so proud to be your Mayor. The next chapter of our story starts tonight. Let’s get to work. pic.twitter.com/KYePUlv0TV— Amarjeet Sohi (@AmarjeetSohiYEG) October 19, 2021
His platform focussed on addressing homelessness, addictions and mental health as well as dealing with the realities of climate change.
Sohi, who hails from the Malerkotla district of Punjab, is the city’s first person of colour to be elected as mayor.
A former city bus driver, he was elected as councillor in 2007 and re-elected in 2010 and 2013. He left local politics to run as a federal Liberal, winning in 2015 and serving as a federal cabinet minister before being defeated in 2019.