Tim Uppal

Tim Uppal PC MP (born November 14, 1974) is a Canadian politician, banker, and radio host who is the member-elect for Edmonton Mill Woods in the Parliament of Canada[2]. 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, but won the seat from Sohi in the 2019 election.


Tim Uppal

Tim Singh Uppal
Minister for Democratic Reform
In office
May 18, 2011  July 15, 2013
Prime MinisterStephen Harper
Preceded bySteven Fletcher
Succeeded byPierre Poilievre
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Edmonton Mill Woods
Assumed office
October 21, 2019
Preceded byAmarjeet Sohi
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Edmonton—Sherwood Park
In office
October 14, 2008  October 19, 2015
Preceded byKen Epp
Succeeded byZiad Aboultaif
(Edmonton Manning)

Garnett Genuis
(Sherwood Park—Fort Saskatchewan)
Personal details
Born (1974-11-14) November 14, 1974
New Westminster, British Columbia
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)Kiran Uppal
Children3
ResidenceOttawa, Ontario
Alma materIvey Business School (MBA '17)[1]
ProfessionBanker, politician, radio host

Early life

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.[3] 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.[4] Speaking in the House of Commons, Uppal noted that Canada was the only allied nation without a National Holocaust Memorial.[5] Bill C-442 was passed in the House of Commons with unanimous support from all Parties. The bill received Royal Assent in March 2011. The National Holocaust Monument was officially unveiled in Ottawa on September 27, 2017.

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 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)

In July 2013, Uppal was appointed Minister of State (Multiculturalism).[6]

He was defeated in the 2015 federal election.

He re-contested the riding in the 2019 federal election and was elected.

Electoral record

2019 Canadian federal election: Edmonton Mill Woods
** Preliminary results — Not yet official **
Party Candidate Votes%±%Expenditures
ConservativeTim Uppal26,73650.3%+9.24
LiberalAmarjeet Sohi17,87933.6%-7.64
New DemocraticNigel Logan6,42212.1%-0.68
GreenTanya Herbert9681.8%-0.41
People'sAnnie Young9531.8%-
Christian HeritageDon Melanson2190.4%-0.18
Total valid votes/Expense limit 53,177100.0
Total rejected ballots 342
Turnout 53,51969.0
Eligible voters 77,610
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing +8.49
Source: Elections Canada[7][8]
2015 Canadian federal election: Edmonton Mill Woods
Party Candidate Votes%±%Expenditures
LiberalAmarjeet Sohi20,42341.24+29.52$136,379.94
ConservativeTim Uppal20,33141.06-17.88$126,472.41
New DemocraticJasvir Deol6,33012.78-12.61$55,302.53
GreenRalph McLean1,0962.21-0.78$1,671.63
IndependentColin Stubbs5601.13$5,091.44
LibertarianAllen K.W. Paley3960.80
Christian HeritagePeter Downing2850.58$3,798.53
CommunistNaomi Rankin960.19
Total valid votes/Expense limit 49,51799.54 $206,234.63
Total rejected ballots 2270.46
Turnout 49,74467.84
Eligible voters 73,323
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing +23.70
These results were subject to a judicial recount,[9] 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.[10]
Source: Elections Canada[11][12]
2011 Canadian federal election: Edmonton—Sherwood Park
Party Candidate Votes%±%Expenditures
ConservativeTim Uppal24,62344.66+8.82$92,544
IndependentJames Ford16,26329.50-2.95$43,356
New DemocraticMike Scott7,97114.46+1.57$61
LiberalRick Szostak4,1317.49-3.85$21,455
GreenChris Vallee1,9263.49-3.99$1,475
Western BlockPaul St. Laurent2220.40*$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
2008 Canadian federal election: Edmonton—Sherwood Park
Party Candidate Votes%±%Expenditures
ConservativeTim Uppal17,62835.84-28.13$85,943
IndependentJames Ford15,96032.45$34,907
New DemocraticBrian LaBelle6,33912.89-1.42$110
LiberalRick Szostak5,57511.34-3.02$24,297
GreenNina Erfani3,6787.48+0.13$3,171
Total valid votes/Expense limit 49,180100.00 $90,906
Total rejected ballots 139 0.28
Turnout 49,319 55.09
2004 Canadian federal election: Edmonton—Beaumont
Party Candidate Votes%±%Expenditures
LiberalDavid Kilgour17,55542.82$65,152
ConservativeTim Uppal17,42142.49$66,701
New DemocraticPaul Reikie3,9759.70$4,138
GreenMichael Garfinkle1,9114.65$788
CommunistNaomi Rankin1350.33$751
Total valid votes 40,997100.00
Total rejected ballots 1810.44
Turnout 41,17859.67
2000 Canadian federal election: Edmonton Southeast
Party Candidate Votes%Expenditures
LiberalDavid Kilgour21,10950.87$59,600
AllianceTim Uppal16,39239.50$59,294
Progressive ConservativeAllan Ryan2,2695.46$870
New DemocraticJoginder Kandola1,2853.09$7,150
Natural LawRichard Shelford1870.45
Canadian ActionMichael Sekuloff1540.37$1,475
CommunistMatthew James970.23$238
Total valid votes 41,493
Total rejected ballots 1390.33
Turnout 41,63261.83

References

28th Ministry – Cabinet of Stephen Harper
Cabinet post (1)
Predecessor Office Successor
Steven Fletcher Minister for Democratic Reform
2011–2013
Pierre Poilievre
Cabinet post (1)
Predecessor Office Successor
Steven Fletcher Minister of State (Multiculturalism)
2013–2015
Pierre Poilievre
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