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Indo-Canadian elected to Canadian city council

Tom Gill has made a history by becoming the first Indo-Canadian to be elected to the Surrey City Council.

india Updated: Nov 25, 2005 20:05 IST

As expected Tom Gill has made it - and made history by becoming the first Indo-Canadian elected to the Surrey City Council, a city with a large South Asian population.

There was no representation in the council or school board when Gill entered the body. An accountant, Gill was one of the six Surrey Electors Team (SET) councillors elected, the South Asian Observer reported.

The other Indo-Canadian candidate on SET, Sargy Chima, sister of former federal minister Herb Dhaliwal, was one of two SET candidates not elected. Two Indo-Canadians on the rival Surrey Civic Coalition (SCC) slate, Barinder Rasode and Amrik Mahil, were placed well out of contention.

No Indo-Canadians were elected to the school board either.

After getting elected, an elated Gill said more Indo-Canadians were needed on council for fair representation.

There was another Gill who got elected in Abbotsford. Moe Gill got through in tough competition. Lions' Bobby Singh was elected to the Richmond school board.

First Published: Nov 25, 2005 20:05 IST