Ontario’s Peel District School Board Trustee Harkirat Singh loses position for failure to file election expenses

Harkirat Singh
Harkirat Singh

YOU snooze, you lose.

That’s what two public school board trustees in Ontario are finding out after they failed to file their election expenses by last Friday’s (March 27) 2 p.m. deadline.

And one of them is Harkirat Singh of Peel Region who represented Brampton’s Wards 9 and 10.

Singh’s profile and photo have been taken down from the Peel District School Board’s website and the page states: “For trustee inquiries please contact Chair Janet McDougald via Linda Jardine by phone at …”

The Board told the Toronto Star newspaper that Singh no longer has access to board emails or resources.

And Singh told the newspaper that in a written statement that he learned of the situation late Friday afternoon and has retained legal counsel.

A City of Brampton spokesperson told the Star Singh did not make an application to the Ontario Court of Justice to extend his time for filing a financial statement. Because of that, Singh is not eligible to be elected or appointed to the position of a School Board Trustee, City or Regional Councillor or Mayor until after the next regular election in 2018.

According to Singh’s LinkedIn profile, he is “also a part-time instructor at Lambton College in Toronto.”

It states: “I currently teach post-graduate courses in the Marketing Management and Professional Sales program. Courses I’ve taught up to date include Selling, Business Intelligence and Sales Technology.”