Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Diljeet Brar Makes History as First Turbaned Speaker in Manitoba’s Legislative Assembly

by Antariksh Singh

In a historic moment that resonates with pride and accomplishment, Diljeet Brar, a Canadian politician hailing from Bhangchari village, has etched his name in the annals of history by becoming the first turbaned man to preside over the Speaker’s chair in the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba.

Diljeet, a 48-year-old veteran in the political arena and a second-time Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) representing Burrows in Canada, has not only made history but has also demonstrated his commitment to public service. His journey to this pinnacle of achievement is one that reflects dedication, hard work, and a profound connection to his roots.

Born and raised in Bhangchari village, Diljeet Brar migrated to Canada in 2010, seeking new opportunities and horizons. His father, Mangal Singh, a retired government teacher residing in Muktsar town, expressed immense pride in his son’s achievement. “It is a proud moment for our family that Diljeet is the first turbaned man to sit on the Speaker’s chair in the Legislative Assembly there and run the proceedings,” said Mangal Singh. Diljeet has visited India only once since his migration in 2010, making a trip back in 2020.

Diljeet’s trajectory in Canada has been nothing short of impressive. In addition to his political roles, he has carved a niche for himself in various fields. He and his wife are alumni of the prestigious Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) in Ludhiana, where Diljeet also served as an Assistant Professor. This educational background undoubtedly contributed to his multifaceted approach to public service.

A member of the New Democratic Party, Diljeet Brar made headlines last year by introducing a private member Bill in the Assembly. The bill, known as the Turban Day Act, passed unopposed, designating April 13 as Turban Day to be celebrated annually across the province. This initiative showcases Diljeet’s commitment to promoting cultural diversity and understanding within the Canadian community.

Beyond his political endeavors, Diljeet also serves as the director of Bulla Arts International (BAI), an organization based in Winnipeg. BAI focuses on offering educational programs in Punjabi arts and culture, showcasing Diljeet’s dedication to preserving and promoting the rich cultural heritage of his homeland.

As Diljeet Brar takes on the role of Speaker in Manitoba’s Legislative Assembly, he not only breaks new ground as the first turbaned individual to hold this esteemed position but also stands as an inspiration for aspiring leaders from diverse backgrounds. His journey exemplifies the potential for individuals to make a meaningful impact, fostering inclusivity and cultural celebration within the fabric of Canadian society.

Antariksh Singh

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