Kuldip Kular

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Kuldip Kular
Ontario MPP
In office
2007–2011
Preceded by New riding
Succeeded by Jagmeet Singh
Constituency Bramalea—Gore—Malton
In office
2003–2007
Preceded by Raminder Gill
Succeeded by Riding abolished
Constituency Bramalea—Gore—Malton—Springdale
Personal details
Born Kuldip Singh Kular
(1948-12-12) December 12, 1948 (age 68)
Ludhiana, Punjab
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Jaswant Kular
Residence Brampton, Ontario
Profession Doctor
Religion Sikhism

Kuldip Singh Kular, (born December 12, 1948) is a former MPP in Ontario, Canada. He was a Liberal member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 2003 to 2011 representing the riding of Bramalea—Gore—Malton.

Background[edit]

Kular was born to a Sikh family in Punjab, and received a medical degree from Guru Nanak Dev University. He moved to Canada in 1974, and completed two years of residency training in paediatrics at the IWK Health Centre at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia. He then worked for two years at the Canadian Armed Forces Hospital in Halifax, Nova Scotia before starting a family practice in Campbellton, New Brunswick in 1978.

In 1986, Kular founded a family and sports medicine clinic in Brampton, Ontario, a city which has a large number of recent Indo-Canadian immigrants. He was also a founding member of the Northern Indian Medical and Dental Association of Canada.

Politics[edit]

In the 2003 election, Kular ran as the Liberal candidate in the riding of Bramalea-Gore-Malton-Springdale. During the campaign, it came to light that Kular had previously been disciplined by the Physician's Board.[1] Despite the news, he defeated incumbent Progressive Conservative Raminder Singh Gill by 3,765 votes.[2][3] In June 2005, he was a member of the Speaker of the Ontario Legislature’s multi-party delegation in to the 43rd Canadian Regional Conference for the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association in St. John's, Newfoundland.

In the 2007 election Kular was re-elected in the redistributed riding of Bramalea—Gore—Malton, defeating the closest candidate, Progressive Conservative Pam Hundal, by about 6,000 votes.[4]

In January, 2009, Kular was a member of the Premier's delegation of government and business leaders who went on a trade mission to India to develop stronger ties with this emerging market.[5]

In October 2009, Kular was involved in an incident where he allegedly hit a pedestrian while driving in Brampton. He was charged with leaving the scene of the accident.[6] A month later Kular resigned as parliamentary assistant to the minister of Health and Long-Term Care.[7] In June 2010, Kular was acquitted due to contradictory evidence from witnesses.[8] Kular was subsequently reappointed to his old post as parliamentary assistant.[9]

In the 2011 election he was defeated by New Democratic Party candidate Jagmeet Singh by 2,120 votes.[10] He ran again in the 2014 election, again losing to Singh.[11]

During his tenure he served as parliamentary assistant to several ministers including Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Minister Responsible for Democratic Renewal, and to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Douglas, Pam (21 September 2003). "Candidate once disciplined by physician board". The Brampton Guardian. p. 1. 
  2. ^ "Ontario election results by riding". The Record. 3 October 2003. p. A6. 
  3. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate". Elections Ontario. October 2, 2003. 
  4. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots Cast for Each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. October 10, 2007. p. 2 (xi). 
  5. ^ "Ontario Business Mission arrives in the Punjab". Province of Ontario Newsroom. 19 January 2007. 
  6. ^ "Liberal MPP to face charges". Toronto Star. 26 October 2009. 
  7. ^ Criscione, Peter (24 November 2009). "Brampton MPP steps down from post as legal troubles heat up". The Brampton Guardian. p. 1. 
  8. ^ Douglas, Pam (22 July 2010). "MPP acquitted of hit-and-run". The Brampton Guardian. p. 1. 
  9. ^ "Kular named parliamentary assistant". The Brampton Guardian. 4 September 2010. p. 1. 
  10. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots Cast for Each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. October 6, 2011. p. 2. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  11. ^ "General Elections by District: Brampton-Gore-Malton". Elections Ontario. June 12, 2014. 

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