Raj Pannu

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Raj Pannu
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Raj Pannu speaking at a rally at the Alberta Legislature, on June 11, 2007.
MLA for Edmonton-Strathcona
In office
1997–2008
Preceded by Al Zariwny
Succeeded by Rachel Notley
Leader of the Alberta New Democrats
In office
2000–2004
Preceded by Pam Barrett
Succeeded by Brian Mason
Personal details
Born Rajinder Singh Pannu[1]
(1934-01-12) January 12, 1934 (age 80)
Punjab, India
Political party New Democratic Party
Residence Edmonton, Alberta
Occupation University Professor, Teacher

Rajinder Singh "Raj" Pannu (born January 12, 1934) is a Canadian educator and politician, who led the Alberta New Democratic Party from 2000 to 2004.

Pannu was born in Punjab, India completing an undergraduate degree before immigrating to Canada in 1962. He settled in Whitecourt, Alberta, where he worked as a high school teacher until 1964.[2]

In 1964 he moved to Edmonton to work on a graduate program, completing a Ph.D. in sociology in 1973. He taught at York University for one year (1968–69) before returning to the University of Alberta, where he taught for 27 years until his retirement in 1996. He is Professor Emeritus at the University of Alberta.

He entered provincial politics in 1997 when he was first elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta representing the riding of Edmonton-Strathcona. Raj became leader in February 2000 after the previous leader, Pam Barrett, retired from politics.

Pannu ran a high-profile campaign in the 2001 Alberta election. T-shirts emblazoned with the slogan "Raj Against the Machine", as well as a reputation as a "likeable and honest politician" contributed to his popularity and made him a leader well respected by supporters and non-supporters alike.

He announced on July 13, 2004 that he was resigning as party leader. Fellow MLA Brian Mason, the deputy leader, became interim leader. Mason was formally elected leader in a leadership convention held on September 18. However, he sought re-election as an MLA in the 26th Alberta general election, and was re-elected by a wide margin.

On June 14, 2006, he announced his retirement from Alberta politics at the dissolution of the legislature, which took place in February 2008.

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  2. ^ "Raj Pannu fonds". Archives Canada. Retrieved 2012-09-23. 

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