|Member of the Canadian Parliament|
|Assumed office |
October 19, 2015
|Preceded by||John McCallum|
|Born||February 3, 1952|
Babar "Bob" Saroya MP (born February 3, 1952) is a Canadian politician, who was elected to represent the riding of Markham—Unionville in the House of Commons of Canada in the 2015 Canadian federal election. During the 42nd Canadian Parliament he has been a member of the Conservative Party official opposition and sponsored one private member bill, C-338, An Act to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (punishment), which would have increased mandatory minimum sentences for those convicted of importing controlled drugs and substances. The bill was debated at second reading but defeated by the Liberals; only members from the Conservative Party voted in favour.
His election in 2015 was unique, Markham—Unionville was originally held by John McCallum who Saroya came close to upsetting in 2011. After re-distribution, McCallum chose to run in the neighbouring riding of Markham—Thornhill. Saroya's election was considered to be an anomaly because he was the only candidate in Canada to pick up a seat from the Liberals. Saroya was re-elected in the 2019 Canadian federal election.
Saroya immigrated to Canada from India in 1974. He eventually went on to own several restaurants and became a Director with a multi-billion dollar Canadian company before first running for office in 2008.
|2015 Canadian federal election|
|New Democratic||Colleen Zimmerman||2,528||5.07||-11.45||$3,111.82|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||49,839||100.00||$218,774.36|
|Total rejected ballots||246||0.49|
|Conservative notional hold||Swing||-3.05|
|Source: Elections Canada|
|2011 Canadian federal election: Markham—Unionville|
|New Democratic||Nadine Hawkins||10,897||21.8||+11.6|
|Total valid votes||49,888||100.0|
|Total rejected ballots||290||0.6||–|
|2008 Canadian federal election: Etobicoke North|
|New Democratic||Ali Naqvi||4,940||15.7||+5.1||$35,653|
|Marxist–Leninist||Anna Di Carlo||300||1.0||+0.4|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||31,380||100.0||$79,011|
|Total rejected ballots||214||0.68|
- Miller, Jason (October 21, 2019). "Conservative MP Bob Saroya re-elected in Markham-Unionville". The Star. Retrieved October 26, 2019.
- A look at the rookie MPs joining the ranks of Conservative, NDP benches Archived November 17, 2015, at the Wayback Machine
- Elections Canada – Confirmed candidates for Markham—Unionville, 30 September 2015
- Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine