Canada: Road named after renowned Punjabi figure
Winnipeg, October 24, 2021: Winnipeg City Council Manitoba created history when it named a street after the first Indian origin MLA Dr. Gulzar Singh Cheema.
Devi Sharma, Speaker of Winnipeg City Council disclosed that the decision on the same has been taken keeping in view the great services of Dr. Gulzar Singh Cheema towards Winnipeg city and community.
A special function was organized at Commercial Avenue-Cheema drive (West of Edward Street).
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also lauded the contribution of Dr. Gulzar Singh Cheema for Canada and said that he was among few personalities who have the honor to become a member of two provincial assemblies and he was first elected MLA of the Indo-Canadian community.
It is worth mentioning here that Gulzar Singh Cheema is living in Surrey (British Columbia) these days. He was earlier living in Winnipeg city. He was elected Liberal MLA in 1988 from Kildonan constituency. He later shifted to BC where he was again elected MLA in 2001 and he become Health Minister of province. He is associated with Federal Liberal party and considered very close to Justin Trudeau.
Born on August 11, 1954 to Ajinder Singh Cheema and Ajit Kaur Aulakh at his maternal grandfather's house in village Benagarh of Jammu, he did he degree in medicine and surgery from Punjab University in 1977. He married Harinder Kaler in 1979 and shifted to Canada. It is also worth mentioning here that his own village Bariar falls in Gurdaspur district of Punjab.