Darshan Kang

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Darshan Kang
Darshan Kang (crop).jpg
Darshan Kang at a Liberal Party of Canada rally for the 2008 federal election.
MLA for Calgary-McCall
In office
March 3, 2008 – May 5, 2015
Preceded by Shiraz Shariff
Succeeded by Irfan Sabir
Personal details
Born 1951 (age 63–64)
Political party Liberal
Occupation Real Estate Agent

Darshan Singh Kang (born 1951) is a Canadian politician who served as a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for Calgary-McCall from 2008 to 2015. Prior to his political career he was a welder and a real estate agent.[1]

Political career[edit]

Kang ran for office for the first time in Calgary-McCall in the 2004 Alberta general election. He was defeated in a hotly contested race by incumbent Shiraz Shariff.

Darshan Kang (third from right) attends a news conference with Kevin Taft (third from left) in Calgary, as part of the 2008 provincial election campaign.

Kang won his second bid for office in the 2008 Alberta general election. The election was a virtual rematch of 2004 with all candidates being the same. Kang defeated Shariff by 98 votes after returns in the advanced polls showed he had won overwhelming victories. Kang's numbers increased upon the official recount to 118 votes.[2] Shiraz Shariff and the Progressive Conservatives challenged the vote in court claiming that the results of the advanced polling and special ballots was tainted.[3] The challenge was unsuccessful.

In the 2012 provincial election, Kang was initially declared to have been defeated by Wildrose candidate Grant Galpin, but was later declared re-elected after all polling stations, special ballots and advance polls were counted.[4]

In June 2014, Kang was acclaimed as the Liberal Party's candidate for the new Calgary Skyview federal riding in the upcoming 2015 federal election.[5] He remained a provincial MLA until the 2015 provincial election in May 2015.

Electoral record[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2015: Calgary Skyview
The 2015 general election will be held on October 19.
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Marxist–Leninist Daniel Blanchard
Progressive Canadian Najeeb Butt
Democratic Advancement Stephen Garvey
Liberal Darshan Singh Kang
Green Ed Reddy
Conservative Devinder Shory
New Democratic Sahajvir Singh
Independent Joseph Young
Total valid votes/Expense limit 100.0     $204,745.54
Total rejected ballots
Eligible voters 71,741
Source: Elections Canada[6][7]

Alberta general election, 2012: Calgary-McCall
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal Darshan Kang 3,865 36.69
Wildrose Grant Galpin 3,185 30.24
Progressive Conservative Muhammad Rasheed 3,085 29.29
New Democratic Collette Singh 227 2.15
Evergreen Heather Brocklesby 137 1.30
Independent Tanveer Taj 35 0.33
Total 10,534
Alberta general election, 2008: Calgary-McCall
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Darshan Kang 4,279 44.38% 4.93%
Progressive Conservative Shiraz Shariff 4,161 43.16% -0.44%
Wildrose Alliance Ina Given 542 5.62% -2.24%
Green Heather Brocklesby 385 3.99% -0.62%
New Democratic Preet Sihota 275 2.85% -1.63%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 68
Eligible electors / turnout 32,531 31.69%
Liberal gain from Progressive Conservative Swing 2.69%
The Report on the March 3, 2008 Provincial General Election of the Twenty-seventh Legislative Assembly. Elections Alberta. July 28, 2008. pp. 230–233. 
Alberta general election, 2004: Calgary-McCall
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative Shiraz Shariff 3,195 43.60% -26.55%
Liberal Darshan Kang 2,891 39.45% 17.18%
Alberta Alliance Ina Given 576 7.86%
Green Sean Brocklesby 338 4.61%
New Democratic Preet Sihota 328 4.48% -0.32%
Total 7,328
Rejected, spoiled and declined 86
Eligible electors / Turnout 21,831 33.96%
Progressive Conservative hold Swing -21.87%
"Calgary-McCall Statement of Official Results 2004 Alberta general election" (PDF). Elections Alberta. Retrieved March 3, 2012.