Gurbax Singh Malhi

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The Honourable
Gurbax Singh Malhi
ਗੁਰਬਖਸ਼ ਸਿੰਘ ਮੱਲ੍ਹੀ

Hon. Gurbax Malhi.jpg
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Bramalea—Gore—Malton
In office
Preceded by Harry Chadwick
Succeeded by Bal Gosal
Personal details
Born ( 1949-10-12) October 12, 1949 (age 67)
Chugha Kalan, India
Political party Liberal Party of Canada
Spouse(s) Devinder Malhi
Children Harinder Malhi
Gurinder Malhi
Residence Brampton, Ontario
Profession Realtor
Religion Sikhism

Gurbax Singh Malhi[pronunciation?] (Punjabi: ਗੁਰਬਖਸ਼ ਸਿੰਘ ਮੱਲ੍ਹੀ) PC, (born October 12, 1949) is an Indian Canadian politician. He was the first ever turbaned politician to be elected anywhere in the western world.[1] A Liberal, he was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Bramalea—Gore—Malton in 1993, and served as its representative in the House of Commons for 18 consecutive years. In the 2011 election, he was defeated by Conservative candidate Bal Gosal.

Member of Parliament[edit]

Malhi was first elected to the House of Commons in the federal election of 1993, defeating Progressive Conservative incumbent Harry Chadwick and Reformer Darlene Florence in Bramalea-Gore-Malton. Prior to 1993, Canadian law prohibited members of Parliament from wearing headgear of any sort in the House of Commons. Malhi's insistence on wearing a turban caused the law to be changed shortly after the election.

Malhi was re-elected in the 1997 election over Reform candidate Darlene Florence and Progressive Conservative candidate Beryl Ford. He was re-elected with the greatest majority of his career in the 2000 federal election over Canadian Alliance candidate Gurdish Mangat and Progressive Conservative candidate Danny Varaich. He was re-elected again with a significant plurality over Conservative Raminder Singh Gill in the 2004 election, despite the fact that his riding was a key Conservative target. In the 2006 federal election, Malhi was elected over Conservative candidate John Sprovieri and New Democrat candidate Cesar Martello. Malhi was elected for the sixth time in the 2008 election over Conservative candidate Stella Ambler and New Democrat candidate Jash Puniya.

In 2002, he became the recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for his commitment and contributions to Canadian society. In 2003, he was appointed for life to the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada by Prime Minister Paul Martin.

Gurbax Singh Malhi served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Labour from 2001 to 2003. From 2003 to 2004, Malhi served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Industry with special emphasis on Entrepreneurs and New Canadians. In 2004 he was named Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and he served in this capacity until 2005. In 2005, Gurbax Singh Malhi also acted as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and Minister responsible for Democratic Renewal. From 2005 to 2006, he also served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Revenue.

Malhi sat on, and has served as Chair and Vice-Chair of the Standing Joint Committee on the Library of Parliament. He has also served as member of the Standing Joint Committee on Scrutiny of Regulations and the Standing Committees on: Industry, Science and Technology; Citizenship and Immigration; Industry; Justice and Human Rights; Government Operations; Human Resources, Skills Development, Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities; Human Resources Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities; Procedure and House Affairs.

He has also served as a member of the following subcommittees: Human Rights and International Development of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade; Business of Supply of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs; Agenda and Procedure of the Standing Joint Committee on the Library of Parliament; Agenda and Procedure of the Standing Committee on Human Resources Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities.

Malhi was the member of the following Parliamentary Associations: Canada-United Kingdom Inter-Parliamentary Association, Canada-Africa Parliamentary Association, Canada-China Legislative Association, Canada-Japan Inter-Parliamentary Association, and the Canadian Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association. He has been a member of the following Friendship groups: Canada-Germany, Canada-Israel, and Canada-Italy. Malhi is also the founder of the Canada-South Asian Friendship Group.

During the 2014 Ontario general election, he campaigned for his daughter Harinder Malhi, who contested and won the seat for Brampton—Springdale for the Ontario Liberal Party, becoming a Member of Provincial Parliament in the 41st Legislative Assembly of Ontario.[2]

Electoral record[edit]


Canadian federal election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative Baljit (Bal) Gosal 19,907 34.44% -2.68%
New Democratic Jagmeet Singh Dhaliwal 19,368 33.51% +24.49%
Liberal Gurbax Singh Malhi 16,402 29.40% -15.65%
Green John Moulton 1,748 3.02% -2.14%
Marxist–Leninist Frank Chilelli 371 0.64% +0.02%
Total valid votes 57,796 100.00%
Total rejected ballots

Source: Elections Canada

Canadian federal election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Gurbax Malhi 22,214 45.0% -5.7% $85,496
Conservative Stella Ambler 18,350 37.2% +4.6% $91,704
New Democratic Jash Puniya 5,935 12.0% -0.8% $21,613
Green Mark Pajot 2,545 5.2% +1.8% $869
Marxist–Leninist Frank Chilelli 309 0.6% +0.1%
Total valid votes/Expense limit 29,353 100.0% $97,671
Canadian federal election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Gurbax Malhi 25,349 50.7% +1.2%
Conservative John Sprovieri 16,310 32.6% +2.0%
New Democratic Cesar Martello 6,400 12.8% -2.1%
Green Ernst Braendli 1,721 3.4% -1.1%
Marxist–Leninist Frank Chilelli 233 0.5% -0.1%
Total valid votes 50,013 100.0%
Canadian federal election, 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Gurbax Malhi 20,394 49.5% -7.5%
Conservative Raminder Gill 12,594 30.6% -3.9%
New Democratic Fernando Miranda 6,113 14.95% 10.0%
Green Sharleen McDowall 1,832 4.5%
Marxist–Leninist Frank Chilelli 237 0.6% -0.1%
Total valid votes 41,170 100.0%

Note: Conservative vote is compared to the total of the Canadian Alliance vote and Progressive Conservative vote in 2000 election.


Canadian federal election, 2000
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Gurbax Malhi 21,917 57.1% +10.7%
Alliance Gurdish Mangat 7,214 18.8% -2.5%
Progressive Conservative Danny Varaich 6,019 15.7% -10.4%
New Democratic Vishnu Roche 1,864 4.9% -0.7%
Independent Gurinder Malhi 783 2.0%
Communist Jim R. Bridgewood 350 0.9%
Marxist–Leninist David Greig 269 0.7% 0.0%
Total valid votes 38,416 100.0%

Note: Canadian Alliance vote is compared to the Reform vote in 1997 election.


Canadian federal election, 1997
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Gurbax Malhi 18,933 46.4% +3.5%
Progressive Conservative Beryl Ford 10,655 26.1% +7.1%
Reform Darlene Florence 8,685 21.3% -8.2%
New Democratic Abdul Majeed 2,281 5.6% +0.5%
Marxist–Leninist Philip Fernandez 279 0.7% +0.5%
Total valid votes 40,833 100.0%
Canadian federal election, 1993
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Gurbax Malhi 16,530 42.9% +8.5%
Reform Darlene Florence 11,376 29.5%
Progressive Conservative Harry Chadwick 7,338 19.0% -22.5%
New Democratic Paul Ledgister 1,977 5.1% -17.3%
National Jack Ardis 480 1.2%
Natural Law Bill Davies 279 0.7%
Independent John E. Maxwell 261 0.7%
Green Bill Emms 215 0.6%
Marxist–Leninist Iqbai Sumbal 89 0.2% -0.1%
Total valid votes 38,545 100.0%

Note that all electoral information is taken from Elections Canada.


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