Darshan Kang

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Darshan Kang
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Darshan Kang at a Liberal Party of Canada rally for the 2008 federal election.
Member of the Canadian Parliament for Calgary Skyview
Assumed office
October 19, 2015
Preceded by new district
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for Calgary-McCall
In office
March 3, 2008 – May 5, 2015
Preceded by Shiraz Shariff
Succeeded by Irfan Sabir
Personal details
Born 1951 (age 65–66)
Political party Liberal (also formerly provincial)
Spouse(s) Sharanjit
Residence Chestermere, Alberta
Alma mater University of Indore
Occupation Real estate agent

Darshan Singh Kang (born 1951) is a Canadian politician, currently serving in the Canadian House of Commons as the Member of Parliament for Calgary Skyview as a member of the Liberal Party of Canada. He previously served as a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for Calgary-McCall from 2008 to 2015, representing the Alberta Liberal Party. Prior to his political career, he was a welder and a real estate agent.[1]

Political career[edit]

Provincial politics[edit]

Kang ran for office for the first time in Calgary-McCall in the 2004 Alberta general election. He was defeated in a closely contested race by incumbent Progressive Conservative MLA 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 of the same candidates running. 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 challenged the vote in court, claiming that the results of the advanced polling and special ballots was tainted, but the challenge was unsuccessful.[3]

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] He remained a provincial MLA until the 2015 provincial election in May 2015, at which point he did not seek reelection and retired.

Federal politics[edit]

In June 2014, Kang was acclaimed as the Liberal Party's candidate for the riding of Calgary Skyview in the 2015 federal election.[5] The riding had previously been Calgary Northeast, represented by sitting Conservative Devinder Shory.

Kang ultimately won, narrowly defeating Shory. He and Kent Hehr are the first federal Liberals elected from Calgary since Pat Mahoney in 1968.[6]

Electoral record[edit]

2015 federal election[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2015: Calgary Skyview
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Darshan Singh Kang 20,664
Conservative Devinder Shory 17,885
New Democratic Sahajvir Singh 3,605
Progressive Canadian Najeeb Butt 957
Green Ed Reddy 851
Democratic Advancement Stephen Garvey 786
Independent Joseph Young 182
Marxist–Leninist Daniel Blanchard 88
Total valid votes/Expense limit 100.0     $204,745.54
Total rejected ballots
Eligible voters 71,741
Source: Elections Canada[7][8]

2012 Alberta general election[edit]

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
Liberal hold Swing -7.59%

2008 Alberta general election[edit]

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. 

2004 Alberta general election[edit]

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.