Documentary: Moe Sihota
Moe Sihota - Feared And Desired is an intimate look at one of the most colourful, intelligent and progressive politicians the province of British Columbia has ever seen. Munmohan Singh "Moe" Sihota was born February 18, 1955 in Duncan, British Columbia and attended St. George's Boys School, Vancouver, on scholarship. He earned a bachelor's degree in social work from the University of British Columbia in 1977, was awarded a scholarship to Warwick School of Economics, London, 1981 and a law degree from the University of Victoria in 1982. He was a social worker in White Rock in 1978-9 and an attorney in Esquimalt in 1984 before becoming a politician. He was elected as an Alderman in his native Esquimalt on his way to becoming the first South Asian-Punjabi Sikh MLA in BC under his New Democrat Party (NDP) in 1986. It was an historical event for the proud Sikh pioneer community and he forever became known as the Golden Boy of politics. He made further history when he became the first South-Asian-Sikh Canadian to be appointed cabinet minister outside India. While his achievements are part of
the community's rich collective legacy in Canada, Moe wasn't without his flaws and towards the end of his and his party's reign - he had a habit of getting into trouble and his outspoken, blunt approach to the issues didn't help. The film explores more of his achievements and dwells less on his short-comings but in over presents his story as it deserves to be told: mostly from Moe's point of view.