Sandhu running in Radisson
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Rajwinder Sandhu is the provincial New Democratic Party candidate for Radisson.
A 31-year-old married father of two, Sandhu was born and raised in India before moving to Canada at age 16. The Kelvin High School graduate has been a realtor for the past 10 years, and formerly owned the Esso gas station on Plessis Road.
“I’ve been out in the community a lot,” said Sandhu, who was a Radisson resident before the electoral boundaries commission shifted the boundaries earlier this year.
Radisson’s boundaries extend from Panet Road in the west along Grassie Boulevard in the north to Plessis Road, then further east along Gunn Road towards Day Street. The southern boundary steps down from Day Street along Kildare Avenue West to Hoka Street, down to Rosseau Avenue West back to Plessis. The eastern boundary then follows Plessis Road all the way to Dugald Road, which forms the southern boundary until Lagimodière Boulevard. The western boundary is Lagimodière as far as Regent Avenue West, then Panet north to Grassie.
Now, Sandhu and his family are technically residents of Rossmere.
“I still have family here, and ran the gas station,” he said. “I’m familiar with this riding, very familiar with the new development and the issues themselves.”
According to Sandhu, his and the NDP’s top priorities remain health care, education, and quality of life. Reopening Concordia Hospital’s ER is at the top of his to-do list, if elected.
“The second biggest issue, as I see it, is education,” added Sandhu, who has a seven-year-old daughter and a four-year-old son. “There are too many kids in classrooms, the quality of education is not there. I see it with my kids, and I hear it from parents. We have promised that if I get elected, I will work to bring that classroom cap back.”
He also highlighted child care as a concern among voters with young families.
“We want child care to be under the Department of Education, so from day one your kids will get quality education,” Sandhu said.
“My main reason to get into politics was for the future of my kids, of all kids. Together, we can make a difference.”
Another reason that Sandhu said he decided to run for office is to contribute to a diverse society.
“It can be tough for me, for my family,” he said. “I’m Canadian, my kids are Canadian. We owe so much to this country. I hope people will know what a Sikh person is, by running, and that will help my kids in the future.”
As director and spokesperson for the Sikh Motorcycle Club of Manitoba, Sandhu has a lot of experience spreading public awareness. The group has participated in Ride for Dad, and has done rides on Canada Day and during Jets Whiteout parties.
“We want to show the community that we are part of the community,” Sandhu said. “We are thankful that here in Manitoba, we are helmet exempt. We take it as a privilege. We want to make sure that any guy who wears a turban is driving a motorbike safely.”
Sheldon Birnie is a reporter/photographer for the Free Press Community Review. The author of Missing Like Teeth: An Oral History of Winnipeg Underground Rock (1990-2001), his writing has appeared in journals and online platforms across Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. A husband and father of two young children, Sheldon enjoys playing guitar and rec hockey when he can find the time. Email him at email@example.com Call him at 204-697-7112