Manmeet Bhullar

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The Honourable
Manmeet Bhullar
Media 2011 Picture (Leg) Bhullar Headshot.jpg
MLA for Calgary-Greenway
Incumbent
Assumed office
2008
Preceded by Hung Pham
Minister of Human Services
Incumbent
Assumed office
December 13, 2013
Preceded by Dave Hancock
Minister of Service Alberta
In office
October 12, 2011 – December 13, 2013
Preceded by Heather Klimchuk
Succeeded by Doug Griffiths
Personal details
Born (1980-03-01) March 1, 1980 (age 34)
Calgary, Alberta
Political party Progressive Conservative
Residence Calgary

Manmeet Singh Bhullar (born March 1, 1980) is a Canadian politician and current Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta representing the constituency of Calgary-Greenway as a Progressive Conservative. He is also Minister of Human Services for Alberta and Provincial Co-Chair of Canada's Federal, Provincial and Territorial Ministers Responsible for Social Services

Early life[edit]

Bhullar was born March 1, 1980 in the community of Penbrooke in Calgary. His family then moved to the community of Whitehorn where he attended Chief Justice Milvain School and Annie Gale Junior High School. Manmeet then attended Lester B. Pearson High School in Pineridge, where he was a member of the school’s football team.

Education[edit]

Bhullar earned his Bachelor of Arts with a Sociology concentration from Athabasca University in 2005. Bhullar also attended Mount Royal University as part of his post-secondary education. In 2011, Bhullar received his Bachelor of Laws from the University of Windsor.

Community involvement[edit]

Manmeet became very active in the community early on. Bhullar was the founder of a youth organization called "Inspire." Bhullar co-ordinated the Walking Hunger Away campaign in Calgary and led a team of volunteers to raise money on behalf of the Calgary Health Region. Bhullar also worked with other youth groups in that time. Because of his community work Bhullar was a recipient of the Alberta Centennial Medal, the Centennial Medallion, and the Athabasca University Leadership Award. Bhullar has been a strong advocate for the issues of East Calgarians in the Alberta legislature.

Political life[edit]

Bhullar became active in politics early on by helping Rick D. Orman, the first MLA for Calgary-Montrose, in his re-election campaign. While seeking his post-secondary education, Bhullar was an organizer for Jim Prentice’s leadership campaign for the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada in 2003.

Bhullar then worked with the Hon. Jim Prentice, MP for Calgary Centre-North, aiding him with his role as Regional Minister for Alberta and the Territories.

Bhullar first sought public office in the 2008 provincial election in the constituency of Calgary-Montrose. At 28 years of age, he became the youngest member elected to Alberta's 27th legislature. He was appointed to the position of Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Advanced Education and Technology on March 12, 2008, making him the youngest politician to serve as a parliamentary assistant or secretary in Canada at the time.[1] In January 2010 he was made Parliamentary Assistant to Municipal Affairs.

Minister of Service Alberta[edit]

On October 12, 2011 Bhullar was apppointed to Cabinet as Minister of Service Alberta making him the first turbaned Sikh to hold a ministerial position. In this portfolio, Bhullar oversaw the provinces vast network of registry agents, led Alberta's open government initiative and was the lead consumer advocate in government.[2] He is credited with finishing the "final mile" that has connected 98% of Albertans to high-speed internet[3] and for pushing the CRTC to implement a national wireless code to protect mobile phone users.[4] Bhullar also received acolades for his work to crack down on unscrupulous contractors taking advantage of citizens after Alberta's flooding in 2012 [5] and for laying the groundwork for a stronger condominium act, including a new dispute resolution system for condominium owners.[6]

Minister of Human Services[edit]

On December 13, 2013 Bhullar was promoted to the position of Minister of Human Services putting him in charge of the third largest ministry by expenditures in government and overseeing more than 4,000 employees.[7] There he has been credited with fixing Alberta's child intervention system.[8][9][10] He changed the law to empower families to speak up about their experiences with the system,[11] made new investments in mental health supports for families involved in child intervention,[12] hosted the first ever Alberta Minister's Forum on Child Sexual Abuse[13] and began a campaign to find a mentor for every child in care in the province.[14]

Election results[edit]

2012 general election[edit]

2012 Alberta general election Turnout % Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Progressive Conservative Manmeet Bhullar 3,976 48.54% %
     Wildrose Ron Leech 2,951 36.02%
     Liberal Iqtidar Awan 931 11.36% %
     NDP Al Brown 334 4.08% % *
Total ' 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined '
Eligible Electors
     Swing %

2008 general election[edit]

2008 Alberta general election results ( Calgary-Montrose ) Turnout 30.6%
Affiliation Candidate Votes %
     Progressive Conservative Manmeet Bhullar 2627 35%
     Independent Ron Leech 2010 26%
     Liberal Michael Embaie 1396 18%
     Wildrose Alliance Said Abdulbaki 818 11%
     NDP Al Brown 512 7%
Greens Fred Clemens 262 3%
Total 7631 100%

References[edit]

Order of precedence
Preceded by
Heather Klimchuk
Order of precedence in Alberta
as of 2013
Succeeded by
Wayne Drysdale