Amarjeet Sohi

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Amarjeet Sohi
Edmonton City Councillor Ward 12
In office
2010 – present
Preceded by New ward
Edmonton City Councillor Ward 6
In office
Preceded by Terry Cavanagh
Succeeded by Ward abolished
Personal details
Born (1964-03-08) March 8, 1964 (age 51)
Banbhaura, Punjab, India
Spouse(s) Sarbjeet Sohi
Children Navseerat Sohi
Residence Edmonton, Alberta

Amarjeet Sohi (born March 8, 1964[1] in Banbhaura, Punjab, India) is a Canadian politician, currently a member of the Edmonton City Council representing Ward 12.

Sohi gained his seat in the 2007 city of Edmonton election after finishing 4th place in the previous election, narrowly beating out strong community advocate Chinwe Okelu following the retirement of Terry Cavanagh.[2]


Sohi was born in India, and immigrated to Edmonton in 1981. He has lived in southeast Edmonton since then, and is married with one daughter. Prior to his election to City Council, Sohi worked for the Edmonton Transit System as a bus driver.

In 1988, Sohi returned to India and was arrested in the state of Bihar under accusations of terrorism. He was released in 1990 and soon returned to Canada.[3]

City Council[edit]

In Amarjeet Sohi’s first municipal campaign 2004 Edmonton municipal election, he finished fourth behind incumbents Dave Thiele and Terry Cavanagh, along with Chinwe Okelu.[4] Sohi's second campaign was successful, and he won a Council seat in Ward Six in 2007.[5] On Council, Sohi has served as a member of the Edmonton Police Commission, as Vice President of the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association, and as Council sponsor for Safedmonton, a city-wide committee working on community solutions for crime prevention.[6] Sohi carried this work forward as advisor to the REACH Edmonton Council for Safe Communities.[7]

Sohi has also held the Council portfolio for Multiculturalism, and has championed the Racism Free Edmonton initiative. He has also sponsored or co-sponsored Council initiatives on Seniors and on Poverty Elimination, and has recently co-launched an initiative to end gender-based violence.[6]

After completing two terms as a Councillor, it was widely acknowledged that Sohi was contemplating a mayoral run in the 2013 municipal election. Sohi ultimately announced that he would not enter the race and would instead seek re-election for his Ward 12 seat.[8]


During his time on Council, Sohi has received several awards in recognition of his community leadership. He has received the Edmonton Interfaith Advocate Award and the John Humphrey Centre's Human Rights Advocate Award for promoting welcoming and inclusive communities.[9] In 2015, Sohi received the Man of Honour, Exemplary Leadership Award from the Centre to End All Sexual Exploitation in recognition of his work to end gender discrimination and violence[10] and the Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers Recognizing Immigrant Success in Edmonton (RISE) Lifetime Achievement award.[11]

Federal politics[edit]

In February 2015, Sohi was acclaimed as the Liberal candidate for Parliament in Edmonton-Mill Woods.[12] Sohi officially launched his campaign in June 2015 at a large rally with Justin Trudeau in Mill Woods.[13] Sohi's campaign has emphasized the importance of federal leadership to address big-city and infrastructure challenges.[14] Sohi has also been sharply critical of the Harper government's approach to citizenship and multiculturalism.[15][16] He has also been critical of the government's handling of immigration policy.[17]

The nomination contest in Edmonton-Mill Woods was the subject of a minor controversy prior to Sohi's acclamation. Varinder Bhullar was disqualified following alleged violations of Liberal Party membership rules.[18][19] Bhullar claimed the party disqualified him after he refused to step aside in favor of Sohi, the party's preferred candidate [18][19]


  1. ^ "Survey Says: Amarjeet Sohi". Edmonton Journal. September 20, 2007. 
  2. ^ "Amarjeet Sohi - Ward 6". City of Edmonton. Retrieved 2009-04-30. 
  3. ^ Paula Simons (February 14, 2015). "City councillor Amarjeet Sohi recalls his imprisonment in India in the 1980s". Edmonton Journal. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ "2007 Municipal Election Results". 
  6. ^ a b "Ward 12 - Amarjeet Sohi". 
  7. ^ "Reach Edmonton". 
  8. ^ Mertz, Emily (28 May 2013). "UPDATE: Councillor Sohi will not run for Edmonton mayor". Global News. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  9. ^ "Human Rights Awards". 
  10. ^ "Cease Men of Honour". Cease Men of Honour. 
  11. ^ "RISE Awards Brings Out Immigrant Successes". 
  12. ^ "Amarjeet Sohi to be acclaimed Liberal candidate for Millwoods". 12 February 2015. 
  13. ^ Ryan Tumilty (June 4, 2015). "Liberal leader Justin Trudeau gives boost to Amarjeet Sohi campaign launch". Metro. 
  14. ^ Matt Dykstra (July 10, 2015). "Alberta Federation of Labour President running for federal NDP nomination". Edmonton Sun. 
  15. ^ Dave Lazzarino (June 11, 2015). "Edmonton city councillor calls banning niqabs is a ‘slippery slope’". Edmonton Sun. 
  16. ^ "PM should respond to 'whities' comment: Candidate". Sarnia Observer. 
  17. ^ "Tim Uppal has 'no answers' for parents separated from daughter". 11 July 2015. 
  18. ^ a b JUSTIN GIOVANNETTI (January 29, 2015). "Bhullar blames ‘dirty tricks’ for Liberal ballot bust". The Globe and Mail. 
  19. ^ a b Althia Raj (February 2, 2015). "Varinder Bhullar, Edmonton Liberal, Accuses Party Of Breaking Open Nominations Pledge". The Huffington Post. 

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