Vic Dhillon

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Vic Dhillon
Ontario MPP
Incumbent
Assumed office
2007
Preceded by New riding
Constituency Brampton West
In office
2003–2007
Preceded by Tony Clement
Succeeded by Riding abolished
Constituency Brampton West—Mississauga
Personal details
Born 1969 (age 45–46)
Political party Liberal
Residence Brampton, Ontario

Vic Dhillon (born c. 1969) is a politician in Ontario, Canada. He is a Liberal member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario who was elected in 2003. He represents the riding of Brampton West.

Background[edit]

Dhillon has lived in Brampton, Ontario for most of his life. He has a degree in Business Administration from Lakehead University, and helped found a family-owned business in Mississauga after his graduation. He has done fundraising work for the Brampton Food Bank, and led a local initiative to send supplies to eastern Ontario during the ice storm of 1998. Dhillon worked as a constituency assistant to federal Liberal Member of Parliament (MP) Gurbax Singh Malhi for five months after the 1993 federal election, and then worked as an executive assistant to Liberal MP Colleen Beaumier for over nine years.[1][2]

Politics[edit]

Dhillon ran in the 1999 provincial election as the Liberal candidate in the riding of Brampton West—Mississauga. He lost to high-profile Progressive Conservative cabinet minister Tony Clement by 8,310 votes.[3] He ran again in the 2003 election and this time defeated Clement by 2,512 votes.[4] Most political observers considered this to be a significant upset. Strong support from the riding's Indo-Canadian community was a factor, as was a provincial swing to the Liberals. He was elected without difficulty in 2007 in the neww riding of Brampton West.[5] He was re-elected in 2011, and 2014.[6][7]

In 2004, Dhillon was credited by local residents with saving Knights Table, a non-profit diner that provides meals for Brampton's poor and homeless. According to a Toronto Star report, Dhillon introduced the diner's management to Jaswant Singh Birk, who in turn provided the establishment with a generous lease after its previous contract expired.[8]

He was appointed as parliamentary assistant to the Minister of Government Services on September 20, 2006.[9]

Dhillon supported Gerard Kennedy's bid to lead the Liberal Party of Canada in 2006.[10] In December 2006, he introduced a private member's bill to protect transient workers from exploitation by hiring agencies.[11] The bill was endorsed by the Toronto Star in the following week.[12]

Dhillon took part in an Ontario government business mission to India in January 2007.[13]

As of June 2014, Dhillon serves as a Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs.

Electoral record[edit]

Ontario general election, 2007: Brampton West
Party Candidate Votes % Expenditures
Liberal Vic Dhillon 20,730 46.2
     Progressive Conservative Mark Beckles 15,111 33.7
     New Democratic Party Garth Bobb 4,893 10.9
Green Sanjeev Goel 3,472 7.7
Family Coalition Norah Madden 487 1.1
     Independent Gurdial Singh Fiji 191 0.4
Total valid votes
Rejected, unmarked and declined ballots
Turnout 44,884 44.4
Electors on the lists
Ontario general election, 2003: Brampton West—Mississauga
Party Candidate Votes % Expenditures
Liberal Vic Dhillon 28,926 46.18 $84,782.33
Progressive Conservative Tony Clement 26,414 42.17 $108,691.97
New Democratic Chris Moise 5,103 8.15 $7,336.30
Family Coalition Paul Micelli 1,122 1.79 no report filed
Green Paul Simas 811 1.29 $1,000.06
Freedom John G. Purdy 266 0.42 $0.00
Total valid votes 62,642 100.00
Rejected, unmarked and declined ballots 555
Turnout 63,197 50.84
Electors on the lists 124,317
Ontario general election, 1999: Brampton West—Mississauga
Party Candidate Votes % Expenditures
     Progressive Conservative Tony Clement 24,909 55.87 $71,283.13
Liberal Vic Dhillon 16,599 37.23 $70,662.58
     New Democratic Party John Devries 2,824 6.33 $7,000.00
     Natural Law Party Mei Sze Viau 252 0.57 $0.00
Total valid votes 44,584 100.00
Rejected, unmarked and declined ballots 501
Turnout 45,085 51.23
Electors on the lists 88,003

References[edit]

  1. ^ Williams, Natalia (May 26, 1999). "Bill Davis country hit by aggressive campaigning". Toronto Star. p. 1. 
  2. ^ Mitchell, Bob (December 23, 2003). "Rookie MPP is ready to work 24/7". Toronto Star. p. B3. 
  3. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate". Elections Ontario. June 3, 1999. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  4. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate". Elections Ontario. October 2, 2003. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  5. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots Cast for Each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. October 10, 2007. p. 2 (xi). Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  6. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots Cast for Each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. October 6, 2011. p. 2. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  7. ^ "General Election by District: Brampton West". Elections Ontario. June 12, 2014. 
  8. ^ Sossi, Dino (December 29, 2004). "Too many cooks save the broth". Toronto Star. p. B2. 
  9. ^ "Premier McGuinty shuffles parliamentary assistants". Canada NewsWire. September 20, 2006. 
  10. ^ "Kennedy team discloses list of MPP supporters". Toronto Star. June 22, 2006. p. A2. 
  11. ^ Daly, Rita (December 8, 2006). "MPPs target 'temp' boom". Toronto Star. p. A1. 
  12. ^ "License 'temp' agencies". Toronto Star. December 11, 2006. p. A18. 
  13. ^ "Premier Kicks Off Business Mission To India". Canada NewsWire. January 14, 2007. 

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