She had moved the 1984 Sikh ‘genocide’ motion in April last year in Canada and her strong grit and determination to bring justice to her community gave her a Cabinet berth, making her the first Sikh woman minister in Ontario, a Canadian province.
Harinder Malhi is the daughter of Canada’s first turbaned MP Gurbax Singh Malhi was sworn in as Minister of the Status of Women here today.
Malhi represents the Punjabi-dominated “riding” (constituency) of Brampton-Springdale in the Assembly, whose members are called MPPs (members of Provincial Parliament).
She joins another Indo-Canadian woman minister, Dipika Damerla, in the Ontario Cabinet.
After her “genocide” resolution, many in the Sikh community view her as the champion of the cause in the community.
Brampton, on the outskirts of Toronto, has the second largest concentration of the Sikh community in Canada after Surrey (British Columbia). Malhi’s motion in the Assembly read:
“That, in the opinion of this House… should reaffirm our commitment to the values we cherish — justice, human rights and fairness — and condemn all forms of communal violence, hatred, hostility, prejudice, racism and intolerance in India and anywhere else in the world, including the 1984 genocide perpetrated against the Sikhs throughout India, and call on all sides to embrace truth, justice and reconciliation.”
The motion was passed by 34-5 votes in a House of 107 members.
India had rejected it, calling it a “misguided motion based on a limited understanding of India, its Constitution, society, ethos, rule of law and the judicial process.”
— IANS & PTI