|Member of the Alberta Legislative Assembly
March 3, 2008 – November 23, 2015
|Preceded by||Hung Pham|
|Minister of Human Services|
December 13, 2013 – May 24, 2015
|Preceded by||Dave Hancock|
|Succeeded by||Irfan Sabir|
|Minister of Service Alberta|
October 12, 2011 – December 13, 2013
|Preceded by||Heather Klimchuk|
|Succeeded by||Doug Griffiths|
|Born||March 1, 1980
|Died||November 23, 2015 (aged 35)
Red Deer County, Alberta
|Political party||Progressive Conservative|
|Alma mater||University of Windsor|
Manmeet Singh Bhullar (March 1, 1980 – November 23, 2015) was a Canadian politician and Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta who represented the constituency of Calgary-Greenway as a Progressive Conservative. He served as a cabinet minister from 2011 until the defeat of the Progressive Conservative government in 2015. He was widely seen as a rising star in the Progressive Conservative caucus. Bhullar was killed when he was struck by a tractor trailer on a road when he went to help a stranded motorist on November 23, 2015.
Bhullar was born March 1, 1980 in the community of Penbrooke in Calgary. His family then moved to the community of Whitehorn where he attended Chief Justice Milvain School and Annie Gale Junior High School. Manmeet then attended Lester B. Pearson High School in Pineridge, where he was a member of the school’s football team.
Bhullar earned his Bachelor of Arts with a Sociology concentration from Athabasca University in 2005. Bhullar also attended Mount Royal University as part of his post-secondary education. In 2011, Bhullar received his Bachelor of Laws from the University of Windsor.
Manmeet became very active in the community early on. Bhullar was the founder of a youth organization called "Inspire." Bhullar co-ordinated the Walking Hunger Away campaign in Calgary and led a team of volunteers to raise money on behalf of the Calgary Health Region. Bhullar also worked with other youth groups in that time. Because of his community work Bhullar was a recipient of the Alberta Centennial Medal, the Centennial Medallion, and the Athabasca University Leadership Award. Bhullar has been a strong advocate for the issues of East Calgarians in the Alberta legislature.
Bhullar became active in politics early on by helping Rick D. Orman, the first MLA for Calgary-Montrose, in his re-election campaign. While seeking his post-secondary education, Bhullar was an organizer for Jim Prentice’s leadership campaign for the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada in 2003.
Bhullar first sought public office in the 2008 provincial election in the constituency of Calgary-Montrose. At 28 years of age, he became the youngest member elected to Alberta's 27th legislature. He was appointed to the position of Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Advanced Education and Technology on March 12, 2008, making him the youngest politician to serve as a parliamentary assistant or secretary in Canada at the time. In January 2010 he was made Parliamentary Assistant to Municipal Affairs.
Minister of Service Alberta
On October 12, 2011 Bhullar was appointed to Cabinet as Minister of Service Alberta making him the first turbaned Sikh to hold a ministerial position. In this portfolio, Bhullar oversaw the province's vast network of registry agents, led Alberta's open government initiative and was the lead consumer advocate in government. He is credited with finishing the "final mile" that has connected 98% of Albertans to high-speed internet and for pushing the CRTC to implement a national wireless code to protect mobile phone users. Bhullar also received accolades for his work to crack down on unscrupulous contractors taking advantage of citizens after Alberta's flooding in 2012 and for laying the groundwork for a stronger condominium act, including a new dispute resolution system for condominium owners.
Minister of Human Services
On December 13, 2013 Bhullar was promoted to the position of Minister of Human Services putting him in charge of the third largest ministry by expenditures in government and overseeing more than 4,000 employees. There he has been credited with fixing Alberta's child intervention system. He changed the law to empower families to speak up about their experiences with the system, made new investments in mental health supports for families involved in child intervention, hosted the first ever Alberta Minister's Forum on Child Sexual Abuse and began a campaign to find a mentor for every child in care in the province.
Minister of Infrastructure
Bhullar was appointed as Minister of Infrastructure in Fall 2014 by newly elected premier Jim Prentice. He held the position until dissolution of the Legislature in 2015.
Bhullar was one of only 10 Progressive Conservative MLAs who were returned in the 2015 provincial election that defeated the Prentice government. He sat on the opposition benches in the Alberta legislature until his death.
Bhullar died in a motor vehicle collision north of Red Deer, Alberta while driving from Calgary to Edmonton in bad weather on the Queen Elizabeth II highway, on November 23, 2015. Bhullar had stopped to assist a driver involved in a collision and sustained fatal injuries after he was struck by a semi truck that had lost control descending a hill.
|Alberta general election, 2008: Calgary-Montrose|
|Progressive Conservative||Manmeet Bhullar||2,627||34.45%||-16.85%|
|Wildrose Alliance||Said Abdulbaki||818||10.73%||0.09%|
|New Democratic||Al Brown||512||6.71%||0.23%|
|Rejected, spoiled, and declined||66|
|Eligible electors / Turnout||27,176||28.30%|
|Progressive Conservative hold||Swing||-21.61%|
|Source: The Report on the March 3, 2008 Provincial General Election of the Twenty-seventh Legislative Assembly. Elections Alberta. July 28, 2008. pp. 234–237.|
|Alberta general election, 2012: Calgary-Greenway|
|Progressive Conservative||Manmeet Bhullar||3,976||48.54%|
|New Democratic||Al Brown||334||4.08%|
|Alberta general election, 2015|
|Progressive Conservative||Manmeet Bhullar||5,351||43.0%||-5.54%||$117,909|
|New Democratic||Don Monroe||4,507||36.2%||+32.12%||$680|
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