Tim Uppal

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The Honourable
Tim Uppal
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Tim Singh Uppal
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Edmonton—Sherwood Park
In office
October 14, 2008 – October 19, 2015
Preceded by Ken Epp
Personal details
Born (1974-11-14) November 14, 1974 (age 42)
New Westminster, British Columbia
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Kiran Uppal
Children Kirpa Uppal, Nihal Uppal, Faujna Uppal
Residence Edmonton, Alberta
Profession Banker, politician, radio host
Religion Sikhism

Tim Uppal, PC (born November 14, 1974) is a Canadian politician, banker, and radio host. He served as the Conservative Member of Parliament for Edmonton—Sherwood Park from 2008 to 2015. On July 15, 2013, Uppal was moved from Minister of State for Democratic Reform to the portfolio of Minister of State (Multiculturalism). He was defeated by Liberal candidate Amarjeet Sohi in the riding of Edmonton Mill Woods in the 2015 election.

Early life[edit]

Uppal was born in New Westminster, British Columbia. From 1992 to 1997, he was executive producer and host of a radio show on CKER in Edmonton. In 2004, he became a residential mortgage manager at TD Canada Trust. He is the founder and president of the South Edmonton Youth Group and has been a member of the Capital Health, Community Health Council since 2001. For several years Uppal was an active member of the Sherwood Park Chamber of Commerce and the Sherwood Park Rotary Club. He was also a founding member of the Edmonton Police Community Advisory Council.

Member of Parliament[edit]

In the 2000 federal election, Uppal ran for the Canadian Alliance in the riding of Edmonton Southeast, where he lost by fewer than 5,000 votes. In the 2004 federal election, he was defeated again, but only by 134 votes. And in the 2008 federal election, Uppal won the riding of Edmonton-Sherwood Park, becoming Member of Parliament for the Alberta riding.

In December 2008, Uppal was appointed to the Standing Committee on Health and the Standing Committee on Heritage.[1] He was promoted to acting chair of the Health Committee in 2010.

Private Member's Bill[edit]

Uppal introduced his first private member’s bill in 2010. The National Holocaust Monument Act (Bill C-442) seeks to establish a national Holocaust monument in Canada.[2] Speaking in the House of Commons, Uppal noted that Canada was the only allied nation without a National Holocaust Memorial.[3] Bill C-442 was passed in the House of Commons with unanimous support from all Parties. The bill received Royal Assent in March 2011. Construction on the monument is set to begin in 2015.[4]

Minister of State (Democratic Reform)[edit]

In 2011, Uppal was appointed Minister of State (Democratic Reform). Uppal is the first Turban-wearing Sikh to be appointed to the Canadian Cabinet, one of five Visible Minorities serving as Ministers in the Harper government. During his time as Minister of State for Democratic Reform, Uppal focused on the issue of over-populated constituencies and redistribution of federal riding borders.

Minister of State (Multiculturalism)[edit]

In July 2013, Uppal was appointed Minister of State (Multiculturalism).[5]

Electoral Record[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2015: Edmonton Mill Woods
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Amarjeet Sohi 20,423 41.22 +29.49
Conservative Tim Uppal 20,331 41.06 -17.88
New Democratic Jasvir Deol 6,330 12.78 -12.62
Green Ralph McLean 1,096 2.03 -0.96
Independent Colin Stubbs 560 1.13
Libertarian Allen K.W. Paley 396 0.80
Christian Heritage Peter Downing 285 0.57
Communist Naomi Rankin 96 0.19
Total valid votes/Expense limit 49,517 100.0     $205,073.43
Total rejected ballots 227
Turnout 49,744 67.8
Eligible voters 73,323
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing +23.69
These results were subject to a judicial recount,[6] and modified from the validated results in accordance with the Judge's rulings. The margin of Sohi over Uppal increased from 79 votes to 92 votes as a result of the recount.[7]
Source: Elections Canada[8][9]
Canadian federal election, 2011: Edmonton—Sherwood Park
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative Tim Uppal 24,623 44.66 +8.82 $92,544
Independent James Ford 16,263 29.50 -2.95 $43,356
New Democratic Mike Scott 7,971 14.46 +1.57 $61
Liberal Rick Szostak 4,131 7.49 -3.85 $21,455
Green Chris Vallee 1,926 3.49 -3.99 $1,475
Western Block Paul St. Laurent 222 0.40 * $1,689
Total valid votes/Expense limit 55,136 100.00
Total rejected ballots 148 0.27 -0.01
Turnout 55,284 59.14 +4.05
Eligible voters 93,478
Canadian federal election, 2008: Edmonton—Sherwood Park
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative Tim Uppal 17,628 35.84 -28.13 $85,943
Independent James Ford 15,960 32.45 $34,907
New Democratic Brian LaBelle 6,339 12.89 -1.42 $110
Liberal Rick Szostak 5,575 11.34 -3.02 $24,297
Green Nina Erfani 3,678 7.48 +0.13 $3,171
Total valid votes/Expense limit 49,180 100.00 $90,906
Total rejected ballots 139 0.28
Turnout 49,319 55.09
Canadian federal election, 2004: Edmonton—Beaumont
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal David Kilgour 17,555 42.82 $65,152
Conservative Tim Uppal 17,421 42.49 $66,701
New Democratic Paul Reikie 3,975 9.70 $4,138
Green Michael Garfinkle 1,911 4.65 $788
Communist Naomi Rankin 135 0.33 $751
Total valid votes 40,997 100.00
Total rejected ballots 181 0.44
Turnout 41,178 59.67

Canadian federal election, 2000: Edmonton Southeast
Party Candidate Votes % Expenditures
Liberal David Kilgour 21,109 50.87 $59,600
Alliance Tim Uppal 16,392 39.50 $59,294
Progressive Conservative Allan Ryan 2,269 5.46 $870
New Democratic Joginder Kandola 1,285 3.09 $7,150
Natural Law Richard Shelford 187 0.45
Canadian Action Michael Sekuloff 154 0.37 $1,475
Communist Matthew James 97 0.23 $238
Total valid votes 41,493
Total rejected ballots 139 0.33
Turnout 41,632 61.83


External links[edit]

28th Ministry – Cabinet of Stephen Harper
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Predecessor Office Successor
Steven Fletcher Minister for Democratic Reform
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Predecessor Office Successor
Steven Fletcher Minister of State (Multiculturalism)
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