Jagrup Brar

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Jagrup Brar
MLA
Jagrup Brar.jpg
Member of the British Columbia Legislative Assembly
for Surrey-Fleetwood
Assumed office
May 9, 2017
Preceded by Peter Fassbender
In office
May 12, 2009 – May 14, 2013
Preceded by Riding Established
Succeeded by Peter Fassbender
Member of the British Columbia Legislative Assembly
for Surrey-Panorama Ridge
In office
October 28, 2004 – May 12, 2009
Preceded by Gulzar Cheema
Succeeded by Stephanie Cadieux[1]
Personal details
Born 1957/1958 (age 58–59)[2]
Political party New Democrat

Jagrup Brar is a Canadian politician. He is a former Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) in British Columbia, Canada. He represented the ridings of Surrey-Panorama Ridge from 2004 to 2009 and Surrey-Fleetwood from 2009 to 2013 and since 2017 as a member of the New Democratic Party of British Columbia.

Background[edit]

Born in India,[citation needed] Brar moved to Canada for his studies at the University of Manitoba where he received a Master's degree in Public Administration.[citation needed] In 1994 he moved to Surrey.[citation needed]

For over a decade, Brar worked in both the public and non-profit sectors, helping professionals develop their careers, and working with employers to develop strategies meant for recruiting a highly skilled as well as multicultural workforce.[3] As the former executive director of the Surrey Self Employment and Entrepreneur Development Society (SEEDS), he helped trained new entrepreneurs in developing and launching successful small business ventures.

Political career[edit]

He was first elected in October 2004 during a by-election with 6,740 votes (53.59%) [4] He then became a member of British Columbia's 37th Legislative Assembly.[5] He was also a member of BC's 38th Legislative Assembly [6] after being elected in 2005 with 11,553 votes (53.17%).[7]

In early 2012 Brar participated in the Raise the Rates MLA Welfare Challenge by living on $610 for one month, the standard wage given to welfare recipients in B.C. at the time. Brar lived in a small room in Vancouver's notorious Downtown Eastside for part of the month-long challenge. He lost 26 pounds during the event and reported feeling constantly hungry and his mind "fuzzy" due to a lack of adequate nutrition and sleep. He kept a blog of his experiences and the media exposure surrounding the event significantly raised public awareness of welfare rates in B.C.[8]

In August 2012, Brar was criticized by B.C.'s Liberal Party for praising Cuba's health and education system on a Punjabi radio station after a holiday in the communist country.[9]

He was defeated in the 2013 provincial election by BC Liberal candidate Peter Fassbender. In the 2017 provincial election Brar defeated Fassbender in a re-match.

Electoral record[edit]

British Columbia general election, 2017: Surrey-Fleetwood
** Preliminary results — Not yet official **
Party Candidate Votes %
New Democratic Jagrup Brar 9,951 53.42
Liberal Peter Fassbender 6,659 35.75
Green Tim Binnema 2,018 10.83
Total valid votes 18,628 100.00
Source: Elections BC[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Surrey-Panorama
  2. ^ NDP's Jagrup Brar identifies health as top issue The Leader [Surrey, B.C] 22 Oct 2004: 16.
  3. ^ [1] - New Democrats
  4. ^ [2] - 2004 By-election results
  5. ^ [3] 37th Legislative Assembly
  6. ^ [4] 38th Legislative Assembly
  7. ^ [5] BC elections
  8. ^ NDP MLA Jagrup Brar prepares to bring welfare lessons back to B.C. legislature. The Georgia Straight, January 25, 2012.
  9. ^ "Liberal accuses B.C. NDP MLA of pushing communism". CBC News, August 28, 2012.
  10. ^ "2017 Provincial General Election Preliminary Voting Results". Elections BC. Retrieved 11 May 2017.