Darshan Kang at a Liberal Party of Canada rally for the 2008 federal election.
|Member of the Canadian Parliament for Calgary Skyview|
October 19, 2015
|Preceded by||new district|
|Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for Calgary-McCall|
March 3, 2008 – May 5, 2015
|Preceded by||Shiraz Shariff|
|Succeeded by||Irfan Sabir|
|Born||1951 (age 63–64)
|Political party||Liberal (also formerly provincial)|
|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.
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. Shiraz Shariff and the Progressive Conservatives challenged the vote in court claiming that the results of the advanced polling and special ballots was tainted. 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. He remained a provincial MLA until the 2015 provincial election in May 2015, at which point he did not seek reelection and retired.
In June 2014, Kang was acclaimed as the Liberal Party's candidate for the new Calgary Skyview federal riding in the 2015 federal election. He was subsequently elected, defeating serving MP Devinder Shory. He and Kent Hehr are the first federal Liberals elected from Calgary since Pat Mahoney in 1968.
|Canadian federal election, 2015: Calgary Skyview|
|Liberal||Darshan Singh Kang||20,664||–||–||–|
|New Democratic||Sahajvir Singh||3,605||–||–||–|
|Progressive Canadian||Najeeb Butt||957||–||–||–|
|Democratic Advancement||Stephen Garvey||786||–||–||–|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||–||100.0||$204,745.54|
|Total rejected ballots||–||–||–|
|Source: Elections Canada|
|Alberta general election, 2012: Calgary-McCall|
|Progressive Conservative||Muhammad Rasheed||3,085||29.29|
|New Democratic||Collette Singh||227||2.15|
|Alberta general election, 2008: Calgary-McCall|
|Progressive Conservative||Shiraz Shariff||4,161||43.16%||-0.44%|
|Wildrose Alliance||Ina Given||542||5.62%||-2.24%|
|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|
|Progressive Conservative||Shiraz Shariff||3,195||43.60%||-26.55%|
|Alberta Alliance||Ina Given||576||7.86%|
|New Democratic||Preet Sihota||328||4.48%||-0.32%|
|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.|
- Renata D'Aliesio (March 8, 2008). "It's official: Liberal wins cliffhanger in McCall". Calgary Herald.
- "Defeated Calgary-McCall candidate claims election tainted". CBC News. March 11, 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-13.
- "Liberal incumbent wins tight race in Calgary-McCall". Calgary Herald, April 24, 2012. Archived April 28, 2012 at the Wayback Machine
- Wood, James (June 4, 2014). "MLA Darshan Kang to Run Federally as Liberal Candidate in Calgary Skyview". Calgary Herald. Retrieved October 5, 2015.
- "After 47 years, Liberals finally win seat in Calgary", [Calgary Herald], October 20, 2015.
- Elections Canada – Confirmed candidates for Calgary Skyview, 30 September 2015
- Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates
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