|Member of the Ontario Provincial Parliament
for Brampton West
Brampton West—Mississauga (2003-2007)
October 2, 2003
|Preceded by||Tony Clement|
|Born||1969 (age 47–48)|
Dhillon has lived in Brampton, Ontario for most of his life. He has a degree in Business Administration from Lakehead University, and helped found a family-owned business in Mississauga after his graduation. He has done fundraising work for the Brampton Food Bank, and led a local initiative to send supplies to eastern Ontario during the ice storm of 1998. Dhillon worked as a constituency assistant to federal Liberal Member of Parliament (MP) Gurbax Singh Malhi for five months after the 1993 federal election, and then worked as an executive assistant to Liberal MP Colleen Beaumier for over nine years.
Dhillon ran in the 1999 provincial election as the Liberal candidate in the riding of Brampton West—Mississauga. He lost to high-profile Progressive Conservative cabinet minister Tony Clement by 8,310 votes. He ran again in the 2003 election and this time defeated Clement by 2,512 votes. Most political observers considered this to be a significant upset. Strong support from the riding's Indo-Canadian community was a factor, as was a provincial swing to the Liberals. He was elected without difficulty in 2007 in the new riding of Brampton West. He was re-elected in 2011, and 2014.
In 2004, Dhillon was credited by local residents with saving Knights Table, a non-profit diner that provides meals for Brampton's poor and homeless. According to a Toronto Star report, Dhillon introduced the diner's management to Jaswant Singh Birk, who in turn provided the establishment with a generous lease after its previous contract expired.
Dhillon supported Gerard Kennedy's bid to lead the Liberal Party of Canada in 2006. In December 2006, he introduced a private member's bill to protect transient workers from exploitation by hiring agencies. The bill was endorsed by the Toronto Star in the following week.
|Ontario general election, 2007: Brampton West|
|Progressive Conservative||Mark Beckles||15,111||33.7|
|New Democratic||Garth Bobb||4,893||10.9|
|Family Coalition||Norah Madden||487||1.1||–|
|Independent||Gurdial Singh Fiji||191||0.4|
|Total valid votes|
|Rejected, unmarked and declined ballots|
|Electors on the lists|
|Ontario general election, 2003: Brampton West—Mississauga|
|Progressive Conservative||Tony Clement||26,414||42.17||$108,691.97|
|New Democratic||Chris Moise||5,103||8.15||$7,336.30|
|Family Coalition||Paul Micelli||1,122||1.79||no report filed|
|Freedom||John G. Purdy||266||0.42||$0.00|
|Total valid votes||62,642||100.00|
|Rejected, unmarked and declined ballots||555|
|Electors on the lists||124,317|
|Ontario general election, 1999: Brampton West—Mississauga|
|Progressive Conservative||Tony Clement||24,909||55.87||$71,283.13|
|New Democratic||John Devries||2,824||6.33||$7,000.00|
|Natural Law||Mei Sze Viau||252||0.57||$0.00|
|Total valid votes||44,584||100.00|
|Rejected, unmarked and declined ballots||501|
|Electors on the lists||88,003|
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