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Prabhdeep Gill
ਪ੍ਰਭਦੀਪ ਗਿੱਲ

MLA
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for Calgary-Greenway
Assumed office
April 12, 2016
Preceded by Manmeet Bhullar
Personal details
Political party Independent
Other political
affiliations
United Conservative (2017–2018)
Residence Calgary, Alberta
Alma mater Guru Nanak Dev University
University of British Columbia
Occupation Real Estate Appraiser (AIC)

Prabhdeep Gill (Punjabi: ਪ੍ਰਭਦੀਪ ਗਿੱਲ) is a Canadian politician and a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. He was elected in the 2016 Calgary-Greenway by-election to replace Manmeet Bhullar, who had died in a car accident between Calgary and Edmonton.[1][2]

Background[edit]

Gill was a member of the Appeals Panel for Human Services Alberta, prior to being elected as a Member of the Legislative Assembly.[3]

Political career[edit]

Gill won the nomination for the PC candidate in the 2016 Calgary-Greenway byelection, after being first appointed by the party. The initial appointment drew controversy, as it appeared that the party establishment was preventing an open nomination process. As such, Gill's initial nomination was withdrawn by interim leader Ric McIver, though he won the nomination by election two days after.[4] Gill was elected in the by-election with 27.73% of the popular vote, finishing four points ahead of Devinder Toor, the Wildrose Party candidate, and almost 8 points ahead of Roop Rai, the New Democrat candidate, whose party held a majority in the Legislature at that time. Gill's by-election win allowed the PCs to maintain their legislative caucus of 9 members.[2]

Electoral history[edit]

2016 by-election[edit]

Alberta provincial by-election, March 22, 2016: Calgary-Greenway
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Prabhdeep Gill 2,292 27.73 -15.04
Wildrose Devinder Toor 1,957 23.68 +2.62
Liberal Khalil Karbani 1,870 22.63 -
New Democratic Roop Rai 1,667 20.17 -16.00
Green Thana Boonlert 166 2.01 -
Independent Said Hussein Abdulbaki 146 1.77 -
Independent Larry Heather 106 1.28 -
Independent Sukhi Rai 61 0.74 -
Total valid votes 8,265 100.00
Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots
Turnout 29.23
Eligible voters 28,278
Progressive Conservative hold Swing -8.83

References[edit]

  1. ^ "PCs name Prabhdeep Gill as Calgary-Greenway byelection candidate". CBC News. Feb 24, 2016. Retrieved 24 March 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Wood, James (23 March 2016). "Tories hold Calgary-Greenway riding after byelection". Calgary Herald. Retrieved 24 March 2016. 
  3. ^ "Appeal Panel Membership". Human Services Alberta. Government of Alberta. Retrieved 24 March 2016. 
  4. ^ Wood, Damien (February 27, 2016). "Prabhdeep Gill named PC candidate for Calgary-Greenway — again". Calgary Sun. Retrieved 24 March 2016.