Amarjeet Sohi is expected to be the next mayor of Edmonton. He is making history as the first person of color to be elected mayor of Edmonton.
Sohi is a familiar face, having previously worked in Edmonton on both the city and federal level.
Sohi represented Southeastern Edmonton on the city council for eight years after being elected in 2007.
In 2015, he moved into federal politics as a deputy from Edmonton Mill Woods. Sohi served as Minister of Infrastructure and Communities from 2015 to 2018 and Minister of Natural Resources from 2018 to 2019. He served one term before losing his seat during the 2019 federal elections.
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Sohi said Monday that his goal is “Edmonton for all of us.”
“Where we can grow our businesses, have a well-paying middle-class job, where we can protect our environment and leave a better legacy for future generations; where there is no racism or discrimination in our city, where we continue to provide quality public services with affordable and low property taxes ”.
On Monday afternoon, before the polls closed, he said he hopes Edmontonians will embrace his vision.
“If I have the honor to lead our city, I will work hard, as I have in the past, to implement that vision.”
Sohi admitted that polarization has been a big problem recently.
“We have seen racism and discrimination. Yes, we have seen division fostered and anger fostered. That’s why it’s important that Edmontonians choose someone who can bring them together. Someone who has the skills, ability, experience, and collaboration skills to bring us together. “
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This is the first time in eight years that Edmonton has had a new mayor.
Don Iveson announced last November that he would not seek a third term.
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Sohi’s municipal election campaign focused on rebuilding and diversifying the economy, as well as addressing social issues and climate change.
Sohi believes that the economy, social issues, climate change and equity are interconnected.
“A healthy economy starts with healthy and resilient people. If we want stronger communities with thriving businesses, we must address the issues of homelessness, substance use, and mental health. And we can’t leave anyone behind as we tackle climate change. “
As for handling the COVID-19 pandemic, Sohi said the provincial government has failed, especially during the fourth wave.
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As mayor, Sohi said his focus will be to limit transmission, increase vaccines and keep Edmonton safe.
Their plans include:
- Vaccination clinics run by cultural, religious, and community groups, particularly in areas with lower vaccination rates.
- Hosting mobile vaccine clinics in city buildings and locations such as libraries.
- Create an advisory committee to help inform decisions about public health and pandemic actions.
- Carry out door-to-door outreach activities in communities with lower vaccination rates.
Sohi said he supports Edmonton’s decision to implement a vaccination mandate for staff and require proof of vaccination at the city’s recreation centers.
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He also said he would implement a vaccine passport statute similar to what Calgary has done in Edmonton if elected.
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