Four NRI Punjabis have won
the Ontario provincial polls in Canada
Toronto, Oct.11, 2007
Darshan Singh/Gary Singh, LA
Four NRI Punjabis have won the Ontario provincial polls in Canada
dated on Oct. 10, 2007. Interestingly, all four winners are from
the Liberal party as follows:
Takhar- re-elected as Ontario MPP from Mississauga
Erindale. He was also elected to the Ontario Legislature in October
2003 and appointed Minister of Transportation on October 23, 2003,
by Premier Dalton...
Kuldeep Kular- re-elected as Ontario MPP from Bramalea
Dhillon- re-elected as Ontario MPP,
Mangat - was elected first
time from Mississauga-Brampton South
Dalton McGuinty, Ontario Liberal Leader cruised to a majority by
70 seats out of 107 seats in Ontario Provincial election dated on
Oct. 10, 2007. He becomes only the second Liberal Premier in the
province's history to win back-to-back majorities since 1937.
PC Leader John Tory failed to win his seat in Toronto, which remained
a big loss for his party. The party was unable to overcome doubts
sown by his promise to fund faith-based schools and Mr. Tory will
almost certainly come under pressure now to step aside, after three
years as leader.
Start with the fact that 71 per cent of Ontarians oppose public
funding of faith-based schools. No ambiguity here. Except for evangelical
Protestant Christians, no demographic or voter sub-group supports
the proposal. Even Conservative voters were strongly against it.
What all that means is that a lot more people are going to be asking
why the Catholic system exists in a multicultural society - apart
from the now-quaint and irrelevant history of Canada's 19th-century
Christian religious strife entrenched in a 140-year-old constitutional
The Supreme Court of Canada has said, unfair or not, Catholic
schools are in the Constitution as a hiccup of history. The United
Nations Human Rights Committee has said, hiccup or no hiccup, public
funding of Catholic schools alone is discrimination.
Mr. McGuinty said, "Ontarians are saying we have not voted
for the status quo. "We are voting for moving forward and we
demand progress. We embrace positive ideas. We deplore negativity.
We cherish our diversity. ... But we want to work and build and
Fewer than 50 per cent of Ontarians cast ballots, a record low.
Fifty-seven per cent of Ontarians voted in 2003. Liberals elected
in 70 seats, two fewer than 2003, the Tories up two seats to 26
from last time and the NDP third, gaining four seats to a total
of 11 from 2003. There are 107 seats in the legislature, four more
than in 2003.