Even as the rest of the world is witnessing increasing racial conflict, Canada has always supported the cause of minorities. In yet another development that highlights Canada’s commitment to equality, an Indian-origin turbaned Sikh woman and human rights advocate Palbinder Kaur Shergill has been appointed as a judge at the Supreme Court of British Columbia in New Westminster. The appointment of Kaur was announced by Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada. Kaur’s appointment has been made under the new judicial application process announced last year on October 20.
Kaur’s appointment as a Supreme Court judge in Canada is also a matter of great pride for the Sikh community living in Canada. Speaking about the development, World Sikh Organization (WSO) President Mukhbir Singh said: “The appointment of Justice Shergill is another milestone for the Sikh community in Canada. It is a matter of great pride that today we have the first turbaned Sikh appointed to the judiciary in Canada.”
Kaur’s appointment will be valid from immediate effect and she will be replacing Justice EA Arnold-Bailey, who had retired on May 31. Kaur was born in Punjab, but her family had immigrated to Canada when she was just 4 years old.