Harinder Takhar became Ontario’s first South Asian minister way back in 2004. “I am delighted and also very humbled by the opportunity,” he had said then. “It’s a big responsibility when people refer to you as the first this or the first that! I have to live up to people’s expectations. It’s very important that I do a good job and keep the doors open for those who come after me.”
Takhar, who retained his seat in every successive provincial election with a handy majority, says that for him, politics is not about power or money, it’s about public service.
Public service is something Takhar has shown his commitment for over the years. He has been Chair of the United Way of Peel, Chair of the Credit Valley Hospital’s Resource Committee, and was the founding member and President of the Punjabi Chamber of Commerce. He has also served on the board of directors of the Education Safety Association of Ontario.
Harinder Takhar is married to Balwinder and they have two children, Kulroop and Sharandeep.
He currently serves as the Minister of Government Services in the Dalton McGuinty government.