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|Member of Provincial Parliament|
|Preceded by||Riding established|
|Member of Provincial Parliament|
|Preceded by||Rob Sampson|
|Succeeded by||Riding dissolved|
Takhar was born to a Sikh family in the Indian state of Punjab, with a background in farming and civil service work. He moved to Canada in 1974, and arrived in Mississauga, Ontario in 1977. He lives with his family in Mississauga.
He holds a Master's degree in economics and political science, and an undergraduate degree in English, economics and political science. He has been designated a Certified Management Accountant and professional administrator. He has taught CMA and CGA accredited courses at Sheridan College for thirteen years. He is also a Fellow of the Society of Management Accountants of Canada.
Takhar has held leadership positions with several Canadian companies, including AGRA Industries Limited, Linear Technology Inc./Gennum Corporation and Timex Canada Inc. He served as the president and chief executive officer of the Chalmers Group of Companies until his election to the Ontario legislature.
Takhar received the 2001 Community Service Award from the Society of Management Accountants of Ontario for "demonstrating selflessness and kindness for the benefit of society."
Harinder Takhar was elected to the Ontario Legislature as a Liberal in the 2003 provincial election, and was appointed Minister of Transportation on October 23, 2003, by Premier Dalton McGuinty. He is the first Indian-Canadian to hold a cabinet post in Ontario.
In June 2005, Takhar faced criticism after he was caught visiting his company despite it having been placed in a blind trust when he joined the cabinet. Cabinet ministers are required to keep an arms-length relationship with any business they own to avoid a conflict of interest. Premier McGuinty admitted that Takhar had shown poor judgement. Takhar claimed that he was visiting the company only to speak with his wife, who is the company's CEO.
The matter was sent to the province's Integrity Commissioner which issued a decision on January 4, 2006, that Takhar had violated the province's integrity guidelines by failing to maintain an arms-length relationship with the trustee of his blind trust. Following the release of the decision, McGuinty issued a statement that he would not fire Takhar. Takhar was reassigned to the new position of Minister of Small Business and Entrepreneurship on May 23, 2006. Donna Cansfield was assigned Takhar's Transportation portfolio.
In May 2006, he was appointed as the minister of the newly created Ministry of Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Takhar was re-elected to the Ontario Legislature in October 2007 for the redistributed riding of Mississauga-Erindale for a second term. In July 2008, Takhar was appointed as Minister of Small Business and Consumer Services. In June 2009, Takhar's moved to the positions of Minister of Government Services and Chair of the Management Board of Cabinet. He resigned from Cabinet in 2012 in order to stand as a candidate in the 2013 Liberal leadership convention to choose McGuinty's successor. Takhar came in fourth place with 11.3% of the vote on the first ballot after which he withdrew to endorse Sandra Pupatello who went on to lose to Kathleen Wynne. Premier Wynne reappointed Thakar to cabinet to his former positions of Minister of Government Services and Chair of Management Board but he resigned on May 8, 2013 after being hospitalized with chest pains. He remains in the legislature as a backbench MPP but intends to stand down at the next provincial election.
|Provincial Government of Dalton McGuinty|
|Cabinet Posts (3)|
|Ted McMeekin||Minister of Government Services
|new post||Minister of Small Business and Consumer Services
|Ted McMeekin(Consumer Services) & Sandra Pupatello(Small Business)|
|Frank Klees||Minister of Transportation
|Ontario general election, 2011|
|Progressive Conservative||David Brown||16,294||35.7||+2.5|
|New Democratic||Michelle Bilek||7,768||17.0||-5.6|
|Total valid votes||45,643||100.0|
|Ontario general election, 2007|
|Progressive Conservative||David Brown||14,838||33.2%||N/A|
|New Democratic||Shaila Kibria||5,117||11.4%||N/A|
|Ontario general election, 2003|
|Progressive Conservative||Rob Sampson||15,846||40.72||-10.91|
|New Democratic||Michael Miller||3,237||8.32||+3.29|
|Green||Jeffrey Scott Smith||776||1.99|
|Family Coalition||John R. Lyall||588||1.51|
- "The Candidates: Harinder Takhar". The Gazette. January 18, 2013. Retrieved May 8, 2013.
- "Ontario cabinet shuffled after Takhar taken ill; Milloy given portfolio". Globe and Mail. May 8, 2013. Retrieved May 8, 2013.
- "MPP Frank Klees won’t seek re-election". Toronto Star. January 21, 2014. Retrieved January 21, 2014.