Tim Uppal

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The Honourable
Tim Uppal
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Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Edmonton—Sherwood Park
Assumed office
Preceded by Ken Epp
Personal details
Born (1974-11-14) November 14, 1974 (age 40)
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, MP (born November 14, 1974) is a Canadian politician, banker, and radio host. He was elected as a Member of Parliament for Edmonton—Sherwood Park in the 2008 federal election. He represents the Conservative Party of Canada. On July 15, 2013, Uppal was moved from Minister of State for Democratic Reform to the portfolio of Minister of State (Multiculturalism).

Early life[edit]

The Minister 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 less 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] Uppal was promoted to acting chair of the Health Committee in 2010. The role of the Health Committee is to oversee and study various health agencies, including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Patented Medicine Prices Review Board (PMPRB), Hazardous Materials Information Review Commission (HMIRC), Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), and the Assisted Human Reproduction Agency of Canada (AHRAC).[2]

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.[3] Speaking in the House of Commons, Uppal noted that Canada was the only allied nation without a National Holocaust Memorial.[4] 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.[5]

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.


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28th Ministry – Cabinet of Stephen Harper
Cabinet Post (1)
Predecessor Office Successor
Steven Fletcher Minister for Democratic Reform
Pierre Poilievre
Cabinet Post (1)
Predecessor Office Successor
Steven Fletcher Minister of State (Multiculturalism)
Pierre Poilievre