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Sikh RCMP Turban

March 15, 2012 by staff 

Sikh RCMP Turban, Manjit, though not an RCMP officer, donned the uniform to show how a turban looked with the police gear.
NRI Manjit Singh and a lady officer in RCMP livery. ONE of the most famous of Canadian sayings is, “the Mounties always get their man!” It reflects their dedication towards duty and the tenacity, efficiency, competence and justice that is synonymous with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), affectionately and respectfully known as the Mounties. There can be no prouder police force. Their red serge tunic with that hair-raising, blood-curdling red represents Canada.

The following story has a slight twist. The Mounties did get their man but before that came about, this man got his Mountie!

And the man who got his Mountie was Manjit Singh. Manjit came to Canada in 1960 as student. He got a university degree and stayed on to get immigration status. He worked in various companies in Toronto and Montreal and it was in 1986 when he was in a senior management position with Air Canada that he received a call from Ottawa from the Minister in charge of the Treasury Board.

They were setting up an advisory group to advise the minister on hiring people belonging to visible minorities (Sikhs, Chinese, Japanese and Blacks amongst others) for the Federal Public Service and Crown Corporations. This was part of a package programme to implement “employment equality” in Canada.

Manjit was on the committee for visible minorities, which was set up to advise the minister on recruitment, promotions and also what changes were required to be made in the policies of the government so that the target groups could be represented in the government services.

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