Herb Dhaliwal, PC: Canadian Politician and Businessman
Mr. Dhaliwal has the rare distinction of being the first South Asian to hold a senior cabinet ministerial position anywhere in a Western democracy. Herb Dhaliwal served as the Member of Parliament for the riding of Vancouver South – Burnaby from 1993 to 2004.
Mr. Dhaliwal introduced and evolved some novel ideas and pushed forward their execution for the benefit of society at large and Indo-Canadian community in particular that transformed the landscape of Indian diaspora in Canada. Serving a role model to the community, particularly, the youth, Mr. Dhaliwal has played a pivotal role in the history and development of Punjabi community’s settlement in Canada.
In June 2000, Mr. Dhaliwal was included in the Vancouver Sun’s listing as one of the hundred most influential British Columbians of the last 100 years. He spearheaded the creation of a commemorative postage stamp to celebrate and honour 100 years of Sikhs in Canada, in conjunction with the tercentenary of the Khalsa in April 1999.
Herb Dhaliwal is married to Dr. Neelu Kang Dhaliwal, Former Associate Professor in Sociology at Panjab University, Chandigarh, India. He has four children, Chandraveer, Jessica, Justin and Andrea, the latter three from his late wife Amrit.