Manmeet Bhullar

Manmeet Bhullar
ਮਨਮੀਤ ਭੁੱਲਰ
Member of the Alberta Legislative Assembly
for Calgary-Greenway
In office
March 3, 2008  November 23, 2015
Preceded by Hung Pham
Succeeded by Prabhdeep Gill
Minister of Human Services
In office
December 13, 2013  May 24, 2015
Preceded by Dave Hancock
Succeeded by Irfan Sabir
Minister of Service Alberta
In office
October 12, 2011  December 13, 2013
Preceded by Heather Klimchuk
Succeeded by Doug Griffiths
Personal details
Born March 1, 1980
Calgary, Alberta
Died November 23, 2015(2015-11-23) (aged 35)
Red Deer County, Alberta
Political party Progressive Conservative
Residence Calgary
Alma mater University of Windsor
Profession Lawyer
Religion Sikhism

Manmeet Singh Bhullar (Punjabi: ਮਨਮੀਤ ਭੁੱਲਰ) (March 1, 1980 – November 23, 2015) was a Canadian politician and Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta who represented the constituency of Calgary-Greenway as a Progressive Conservative. He served as a cabinet minister from 2011 until the defeat of the Progressive Conservative government in 2015. He was widely seen as a rising star in the Progressive Conservative caucus. Bhullar was killed when he was struck by a tractor trailer on a road when he went to help a stranded motorist on November 23, 2015.

Early life

Bhullar was born March 1, 1980 in the community of Penbrooke in Calgary. His family then moved to the community of Whitehorn where he attended Chief Justice Milvain School and Annie Gale Junior High School. Manmeet then attended Lester B. Pearson High School in Pineridge, where he was a member of the school’s football team.


Bhullar earned his Bachelor of Arts with a Sociology concentration from Athabasca University in 2005. Bhullar also attended Mount Royal University as part of his post-secondary education. In 2011, Bhullar received his Bachelor of Laws from the University of Windsor.

Community involvement

Manmeet became very active in the community early on. Bhullar was the founder of a youth organization called "Inspire." Bhullar co-ordinated the Walking Hunger Away campaign in Calgary and led a team of volunteers to raise money on behalf of the Calgary Health Region. Bhullar also worked with other youth groups in that time. Because of his community work Bhullar was a recipient of the Alberta Centennial Medal, the Centennial Medallion, and the Athabasca University Leadership Award. Bhullar has been a strong advocate for the issues of East Calgarians in the Alberta legislature.

Political life

Bhullar became active in politics early on by helping Rick D. Orman, the first MLA for Calgary-Montrose, in his re-election campaign. While seeking his post-secondary education, Bhullar was an organizer for Jim Prentice’s leadership campaign for the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada in 2003.

Bhullar then worked with Jim Prentice when he was MP for Calgary Centre-North, aiding him with his role as Regional Minister for Alberta and the Territories.

Bhullar first sought public office in the 2008 provincial election in the constituency of Calgary-Montrose. At 28 years of age, he became the youngest member elected to Alberta's 27th legislature. He was appointed to the position of Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Advanced Education and Technology on March 12, 2008, making him the youngest politician to serve as a parliamentary assistant or secretary in Canada at the time.[1] In January 2010 he was made Parliamentary Assistant to Municipal Affairs.

Minister of Service Alberta

On October 12, 2011 Bhullar was appointed to Cabinet as Minister of Service Alberta making him the first turbaned Sikh to hold a ministerial position. In this portfolio, Bhullar oversaw the province's vast network of registry agents, led Alberta's open government initiative and was the lead consumer advocate in government.[2] He is credited with finishing the "final mile" that has connected 98% of Albertans to high-speed internet[3] and for pushing the CRTC to implement a national wireless code to protect mobile phone users.[4] Bhullar also received accolades for his work to crack down on unscrupulous contractors taking advantage of citizens after Alberta's flooding in 2012[5] and for laying the groundwork for a stronger condominium act, including a new dispute resolution system for condominium owners.[6]

Minister of Human Services

On December 13, 2013 Bhullar was promoted to the position of Minister of Human Services putting him in charge of the third largest ministry by expenditures in government and overseeing more than 4,000 employees.[7] There he has been credited with fixing Alberta's child intervention system.[8][9][10] He changed the law to empower families to speak up about their experiences with the system,[11] made new investments in mental health supports for families involved in child intervention,[12] hosted the first ever Alberta Minister's Forum on Child Sexual Abuse[13] and began a campaign to find a mentor for every child in care in the province.[14]

Minister of Infrastructure

Bhullar was appointed as Minister of Infrastructure in Fall 2014 by newly elected premier Jim Prentice. He held the position until dissolution of the Legislature in 2015.


Bhullar was one of only 10 Progressive Conservative MLAs who were returned in the 2015 provincial election that defeated the Prentice government. He sat on the opposition benches in the Alberta legislature until his death.


Bhullar died in a motor vehicle collision north of Red Deer, Alberta while driving from Calgary to Edmonton in bad weather on the Queen Elizabeth II highway, on November 23, 2015. Bhullar had stopped to assist a driver involved in a collision and sustained fatal injuries after he was struck by a semi truck that had lost control descending a hill.[15]

Election results

Alberta general election, 2008: Calgary-Montrose
Party Candidate Votes%∆%
Progressive ConservativeManmeet Bhullar 2,627 34.45% -16.85%
IndependentRon Leech 2,010 26.36%
LiberalMichael Embaie 1,396 18.31% -7.79%
Wildrose AllianceSaid Abdulbaki 818 10.73% 0.09%
New DemocraticAl Brown 512 6.71% 0.23%
GreenFred Clemens 262 3.44% 2.04%
Total 7,625
Rejected, spoiled, and declined 66
Eligible electors / Turnout 27,176 28.30%
Progressive Conservative hold Swing -21.61%
Source: The Report on the March 3, 2008 Provincial General Election of the Twenty-seventh Legislative Assembly. Elections Alberta. July 28, 2008. pp. 234–237. 
Alberta general election, 2012: Calgary-Greenway
Party Candidate Votes%
Progressive ConservativeManmeet Bhullar 6,538 54.08
WildroseRon Leech 3,893 32.21
LiberalIqtidar Awan 1,249 10.33
New DemocraticAl Brown 409 3.38
Total valid votes 12,090100.00
Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots 1611.31
Turnout 12,25145.68
Eligible voters 26,817
Progressive Conservative pickup new district.
Alberta general election, 2015
Party Candidate Votes%∆%Expenditures
Progressive ConservativeManmeet Bhullar 5,351 43.0% -5.54% $117,909
New DemocraticDon Monroe 4,507 36.2% +32.12% $680
WildroseDevinder Toor 2,595 20.8% -15.2% $54,944
Progressive Conservative hold Swing -5.54%


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  10. "Alberta lifts publication ban on deaths of children in care". Edmonton Sun.
  11. "Alberta sets aside $5-million to help children get mental-health services faster". The Globe and Mail.
  12. Melissa Ramsay (8 May 2014). "Experts gather at Calgary forum with aim of ending child sexual abuse". Global News.
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  14. "Alberta Conservative MLA Manmeet Bhullar killed in car crash". Retrieved 2015-11-24.
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