Toronto: After Navdeep Singh Bains and Harjit Singh Sajjan became the first turban Cabinet Ministers of Canada, a Turbaned Sikh named Amrik Singh Ahluwalia is now the Head of Canadian Police of Peel region.
Amrik Singh Ahluwalia has been unanimously elected as the head of Canada’s Peel Police, the country’s third largest municipal police force. Amrik Singh Ahluwalia was voted as the new chair of Ontario’s Peel Police Services Board after receiving backing from Brampton mayor Linda Jeffrey and Mississauga mayor Bonnie Crombie.
“My first thoughts are, what a wonderful country we live in,” Ahluwalia said, immediately after Friday’s unanimous vote.
Noting that he arrived in Canada decades ago “with USD 7 in my pocket”, Ahluwalia said he couldn’t have fathomed at the time that one day he would be bestowed with this “honour” and responsibility.
“I am honoured. This is a great responsibility, I take with humility and with a sense of purpose that I want to do my very best,” he said, adding that the board and the force would work to improve things “collaboratively”.