Prasad Panda

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Prasad Panda

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Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for Calgary-Edgemont
Assumed office
April 16, 2019
Preceded bynew district
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for Calgary-Foothills
In office
September 3, 2015 – April 16, 2019
Preceded byJim Prentice
Succeeded byJason Luan
Personal details
Born1962/1963 (age 56–57)
Sangam Jagarlamudi, Guntur District, Andhra Pradesh, India
Political partyUnited Conservative
Other political
affiliations
Wildrose (until 2017)
ResidenceCalgary
OccupationProfessional Engineer

Prasad Panda is a Canadian politician who was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta in a 2015 by-election, replacing former Alberta Premier Jim Prentice, and the 2019 Alberta general elections to represent the electoral district of Calgary-Foothills.[1] He is a member of the United Conservative Party. With his party forming majority government Panda joined the Executive Council of Alberta as the Minister of Infrastructure beginning on April 30, 2019.

In the by-election to the 29th Alberta Legislature, Panda was a member of the Wildrose Party and defeated former Calgary city councillor and Alberta NDP MLA Bob Hawkesworth by 1598 votes, winning 38.3% of all votes cast.[2][3] In 2017, joined the United Conservative Party and became the party's energy critic.[4] Panda introduced Motion 505, a resolution calling on the federal government to ban the import of oil from countries with a poor human rights or environmental record, and to facilitate pipelines within Canada to ensure better prices for Alberta oil.[5]


Electoral history[edit]

Calgary-Foothills[edit]

Alberta provincial by-election, September 3, 2015: Calgary-Foothills
Voiding of general election results due to Jim Prentice disclaiming his seat
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Wildrose Prasad Panda 4,877 38.35 +20.24
New Democratic Bob Hawkesworth 3,270 25.71 -6.65
Progressive Conservative Blair Houston 2,746 21.59 -18.74
Liberal Ali Bin Zahid 791 6.22 -0.94
Alberta Party Mark Taylor 610 4.80 +4.80
Green Janet Keeping 377 2.96 +0.92
Independent Antoni Grochowski 46 0.36
Total valid votes 12,717
Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots
Turnout 39.48
Eligible voters 32,212
Wildrose gain from Progressive Conservative Swing +19.49

Calgary-Northern Hills[edit]

2015 Alberta general election: Calgary-Northern Hills
Party Candidate Votes %
New Democratic Jamie Kleinsteuber 6,641 38.2
Progressive Conservative Teresa Woo-Paw 5,343 30.7
Wildrose Prasad Panda 4,392 25.3
Liberal Harry Lin 1,000 5.8
Total valid votes 17,376 100.0
Rejected, spoiled and declined 160
Turnout 17,536 46.1
Eligible voters 38,004
Source: Elections Alberta[6]
2012 Alberta general election: Calgary-Northern Hills
Party Candidate Votes %
Progressive Conservative Teresa Woo-Paw 6,144 49.02%
Wildrose Prasad Panda 4,637 37.00%
Liberal Kirstin Morrell 1,058 8.44%
New Democratic Stephanie Westlund 694 5.54%
Alberta Provincial Government of Jason Kenney
Cabinet post (1)
Predecessor Office Successor
Sandra Jansen Minister of Infrastructure
April 30, 2019–
Incumbent

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wildrose's Panda defeats NDP in Calgary-Foothills byelection battle". Calgary Herald, September 4, 2015.
  2. ^ "Report on 2015 Calgary-Foothills and 2016 Calgary-Greenway By-elections". Elections Alberta, November 15, 2016.
  3. ^ Passifiume,Bryan:'Panda beats Hawkesworth as Wildrose wins Calgary provincial byelection' Calgary Sun, September 3, 2015.
  4. ^ David Thurton,'It takes forever': Another delay hits proposed Fort McMurray oilsands mine'. CBC News, November 9, 2017.
  5. ^ "Breakenridge: Governments should stand back and let energy economy take its course". Calgary Herald, June 6, 2017.
  6. ^ "2015 Provincial General Election Results". Elections Alberta. Archived from the original on 2017-08-01. Retrieved 2017-08-01.