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.
Tim Singh Uppal
|Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Edmonton—Sherwood Park
October 14, 2008 – October 19, 2015
|Preceded by||Ken Epp|
|Born||November 14, 1974
New Westminster, British Columbia
|Children||Kirpa Uppal, Nihal Uppal, Faujna Uppal|
|Profession||Banker, politician, radio host|
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
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. He was promoted to acting chair of the Health Committee in 2010.
Private Member’s Bill
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. Speaking in the House of Commons, Uppal noted that Canada was the only allied nation without a National Holocaust Memorial. 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.
Minister of State (Democratic Reform)
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 Minoritiesserving 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)
In July 2013, Uppal was appointed Minister of State (Multiculturalism).
|[hide]Canadian federal election, 2015: Edmonton Mill Woods|
|New Democratic||Jasvir Deol||6,330||12.78||-12.62||–|
|Libertarian||Allen K.W. Paley||396||0.80||–||–|
|Christian Heritage||Peter Downing||285||0.57||–||–|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||49,517||100.0||$205,073.43|
|Total rejected ballots||227||–||–|
|Liberal gain from Conservative||Swing||+23.69|
|These results were subject to a judicial recount, 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.|
|Source: Elections Canada|
|Canadian federal election, 2011: Edmonton—Sherwood Park|
|New Democratic||Mike Scott||7,971||14.46||+1.57||$61|
|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|
|Canadian federal election, 2008: Edmonton—Sherwood Park|
|New Democratic||Brian LaBelle||6,339||12.89||-1.42||$110|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||49,180||100.00||$90,906|
|Total rejected ballots||139||0.28|
|Canadian federal election, 2004: Edmonton—Beaumont|
|New Democratic||Paul Reikie||3,975||9.70||–||$4,138|
|Total valid votes||40,997||100.00|
|Total rejected ballots||181||0.44|
Canadian federal election, 2000: Edmonton Southeast
|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|
|Total valid votes||41,493|
|Total rejected ballots||139||0.33%|