Baljit Singh Gosal
|Minister of State for Sport|
May 18, 2011
|Prime Minister||Stephen Harper|
|Preceded by||Gary Lunn|
|Member of the Canadian Parliament
|Preceded by||Gurbax Singh Malhi|
May 4, 1960 |
Baljit Singh Gosal, (Punjabi: ਬਲਜੀਤ ਗੋਸਲ) (born May 4, 1960) is a Canadian politician, who was elected to the Canadian House of Commons in the 2011 election. He represents the electoral district of Bramalea—Gore—Malton as a member of the Conservative Party, and serves as Minister of State (Sport) in the cabinet of Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Gosal is one of five Visible Minorities serving in the Harper Ministry in Cabinet.
Born in India, Gosal immigrated to Canada in 1981 initially settling in Northern British Columbia. Soon after, he moved to Brampton with his wife, Pawanjit. His formal education includes a Bachelor of Science degree from DAV College Jalander/Punjab University India in 1981 and a Stationary Engineer 4th class Certificate. Gosal began working in the financial sector first in 1984 for McDonnell Douglas Canada and later in 1994 for Prudential Insurance, which later became London Life. In 2004 Gosal joined Goodison Insurance and Financial Services and in 2008 he joined Rai Grant insurance brokers where he worked as an Insurance Broker and a Financial Security Advisor.
As Minister of State for Sport, Gosal was the Minister responsible for Canada at the 2012 summer Olympics in London and lead the Canadian delegation to the 2014 Sochi winter Olympics. On June 29, 2012, Gosal announced the endorsement of all Canadian provincial ministers responsible for sport of the New Canadian Sport Policy.
According to a social media analysis, Bal Gosal is one of Canada’s most active MPs on Twitter.
An active member of the Brampton community, Gosal previously was a member of the Peel Regional Police Services Board, Peel Children’s Aid Society and on the Brampton Board of Trade Marketing Committee. He also has coached and organized amateur soccer and volunteered at the YMCA. Additionally, Gosal has served as the Treasurer and founding member of the Ontario Federation of Sports and Cultural Organization as well as the Director, past Secretary, and Treasurer of the Ontario Khalsa Darbar Sports and Cultural Centre. He and his wife have three children.
|Canadian federal election, 2011|
|New Democratic||Jagmeet Singh Dhaliwal||19,368||33.51%||+24.49%||–|
|Liberal||Gurbax Singh Malhi||16,402||29.40%||-15.65%||–|
|Total valid votes||57,796||100.00%||–|
|Total rejected ballots||–||–||–|
Source: Elections Canada
|Canadian federal election, 2006|
|New Democratic||Jagtar Singh Shergill||6,310||11.1||+0.6|
|Total valid votes||56,983||100.0|
- Election 2011: Bramalea—Gore—Malton. The Globe and Mail, May 2, 2011.
- The Ministry - Prime Minister of Canada
- About- Bal Gosal http://www.balgosal.com/?page_id=2
- The Canadian Ministry http://www.pm.gc.ca/eng/bio.asp?id=98
- Official Website
- Profile at Parliament of Canada
- Bal Gosal – Parliament of Canada biography
- Speeches, votes and activity at OpenParliament.ca