Jag Bhaduria

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Jag Bhaduria
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Markham—Whitchurch-Stouffville
In office
October 25, 1993 – June 2, 1997
Preceded by Bill Attewell
Succeeded by Jim Jones
Personal details
Born (1940-01-23) January 23, 1940 (age 77)
New Delhi, Punjab Province British India
Political party Liberal 1993-1994
Independent Liberal 1994-1997
Residence Markham, Ontario
Occupation Teacher
Profession Teacher

Jagdish Singh (Jag) Bhaduria (also variously spelled Badauria or Bhadauria) (born January 23, 1940 in New Delhi, India) is a former Canadian politician.

After an unsuccessful attempt to win election to the Canadian House of Commons in Markham riding in the 1988 election, Bhaduria was elected in the 1993 federal election as the Liberal Member of Parliament for Markham—Whitchurch—Stouffville. In 1993, Bhaduia won the Liberal nomination under very controversial circumstances[1]. It was later discovered that he got people to vote for him who were proven to be ineligible to vote, people listed at addresses that were unknown, people who were listed as party members but did not know they were, and members who had not paid membership fees.

He was expelled from the Liberal caucus in early 1994 after concerns that he had embellished his resume attracted considerable adverse publicity to Bhaduria. In seeking the Liberal nomination, he had claimed an "LL.B. (Int.)" Many were under the impression that this was a claim to a Bachelor of Laws in international law. Bhaduria, in fact, possessed no bachelor of law degree, and argued that the Int. referred to the intermediate examinations he had taken towards an unfinished LL.B. from the University of London.

Bhaduria had already come under fire weeks earlier when it came to light that, in 1990, he had been fired from his position as a teacher with the Toronto Board of Education for writing threatening letters to school administrators. From February 17–20, 2003 and on March 5, 2003 a public hearing was conducted by the Ontario College of Teachers Discipline Committee into allegations of professional misconduct against Bhadauria by issuing documents that he knew or ought to have known contained false, improper or misleading statements. The panel found Bhadauria guilty of professional misconduct and ordered his Certificates of Qualification and Registration suspended for a period of 18 months, including eight months already served when the board suspended him. The panel also ordered Bhadauria reprimanded and stated that if Bhadauria presented himself to be reprimanded by the committee, the remainder of the penalty would be suspended. Bhadauria did not attend the session scheduled for the reprimand and the remainder of the suspension will be served. [2]

In the wake of the scandals, over 35,000 of Bhaduria's constituents signed a petition demanding his recall. However, as no process exists to recall Members of Parliament, Bhaduria was able to remain in Parliament until the 1997 federal election when he ran as an independent candidate and was defeated.

Electoral History[edit]

Canadian federal election, 1997: Markham
Party Candidate Votes %
Progressive Conservative Jim Jones 20,449 44.7
Liberal Gobinder Randhawa 16,810 36.7
Reform John Paloc 4,947 10.8
Independent Jag Bhaduria 1,584 3.5
New Democratic Bhanu Gaunt 1,482 3.2
Natural Law Stephen R. Porter 258 0.6
Canadian Action Jeff Baulch 218 0.5
Total valid votes 45,748 100.0
Canadian federal election, 1993: Markham—Whitchurch-Stouffville
Party Candidate Votes
Liberal Jag Bhaduria 34,263
Progressive Conservative Bill Attewell 18,414
Reform Joe Sherren 16,965
New Democratic Jack Grant 1,600
National Sheldon Bergson 927
Natural Law Stephen R. Porter 449
Independent Paul Wang 444
Abolitionist Dean Papadopoulos 83
Canadian federal election, 1988: Markham
Party Candidate Votes
Progressive Conservative Bill Attewell 36,673
Liberal Jag Bhaduria 21,973
New Democratic Susan Krone 6,209
Not affiliated John A. Gamble 3,643
Libertarian Ian Hutchison 568