Gurbax Singh Malhi (Punjabi: ਗੁਰਬਖਸ਼ ਸਿੰਘ ਮੱਲ੍ਹੀ) PC, (born October 12, 1949) is an Indian Canadian politician. He was the first ever turbaned politician to be elected anywhere in the western world. A Liberal, he was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Bramalea—Gore—Malton in 1993, and served as its representative in the House of Commons for 18 consecutive years. In the 2011 election, he was defeated by Conservative candidate Bal Gosal.
Gurbax Singh Malhi
ਗੁਰਬਖਸ਼ ਸਿੰਘ ਮੱਲ੍ਹੀ
|Member of the Canadian Parliament
|Preceded by||Harry Chadwick|
|Succeeded by||Bal Gosal|
|Born||October 12, 1949
Chugha Kalan, India
|Political party||Liberal Party of Canada|
Member of Parliament
Malhi was first elected to the House of Commons in the federal election of 1993, defeating Progressive Conservative incumbent Harry Chadwick and Reformer Darlene Florence in Bramalea-Gore-Malton. Prior to 1993, Canadian law prohibited members of Parliament from wearing headgear of any sort in the House of Commons. Malhi’s insistence on wearing a turban caused the law to be changed shortly after the election.
Malhi was re-elected in the 1997 election over Reform candidate Darlene Florence and Progressive Conservative candidate Beryl Ford. He was re-elected with the greatest majority of his career in the 2000 federal election over Canadian Alliance candidate Gurdish Mangat and Progressive Conservative candidate Danny Varaich. He was re-elected again with a significant plurality over Conservative Raminder Singh Gill in the 2004 election, despite the fact that his riding was a key Conservative target. In the 2006 federal election, Malhi was elected over Conservative candidate John Sprovieri and New Democrat candidate Cesar Martello. Malhi was elected for the sixth time in the 2008 election over Conservative candidate Stella Ambler and New Democrat candidate Jash Puniya.
In 2002, he became the recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for his commitment and contributions to Canadian society. In 2003, he was appointed for life to the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada by Prime Minister Paul Martin.
Gurbax Singh Malhi served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Labour from 2001 to 2003. From 2003 to 2004, Malhi served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Industry with special emphasis on Entrepreneurs and New Canadians. In 2004 he was named Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and he served in this capacity until 2005. In 2005, Gurbax Singh Malhi also acted as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and Minister responsible for Democratic Renewal. From 2005 to 2006, he also served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Revenue.
Malhi sat on, and has served as Chair and Vice-Chair of the Standing Joint Committee on the Library of Parliament. He has also served as member of the Standing Joint Committee on Scrutiny of Regulations and the Standing Committees on: Industry, Science and Technology; Citizenship and Immigration; Industry; Justice and Human Rights; Government Operations; Human Resources, Skills Development, Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities; Human Resources Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities; Procedure and House Affairs.
He has also served as a member of the following subcommittees: Human Rights and International Development of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade; Business of Supply of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs; Agenda and Procedure of the Standing Joint Committee on the Library of Parliament; Agenda and Procedure of the Standing Committee on Human Resources Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities.
Malhi was the member of the following Parliamentary Associations: Canada-United Kingdom Inter-Parliamentary Association, Canada-Africa Parliamentary Association, Canada-China Legislative Association, Canada-Japan Inter-Parliamentary Association, and the Canadian Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association. He has been a member of the following Friendship groups: Canada-Germany, Canada-Israel, and Canada-Italy. Malhi is also the founder of the Canada-South Asian Friendship Group.
During the 2014 Ontario general election, he campaigned for his daughter Harinder Malhi, who contested and won the seat for Brampton—Springdale for the Ontario Liberal Party, becoming a Member of Provincial Parliament in the 41st Legislative Assembly of Ontario.
|[hide]Canadian federal election, 2011|
|Conservative||Baljit (Bal) Gosal||19,907||34.44%||-2.68%||–|
|New Democratic||Jagmeet Singh Dhaliwal||19,368||33.51%||+24.49%||–|
|Liberal||Gurbax Singh Malhi||16,402||29.40%||-15.65%||–|
|Total valid votes||57,796||100.00%||–|
|Total rejected ballots||–||–||–|
Source: Elections Canada
|Canadian federal election, 2008|
|New Democratic||Jash Puniya||5,935||12.0%||-0.8%||$21,613|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||29,353||100.0%||$97,671|
|Canadian federal election, 2006|
|New Democratic||Cesar Martello||6,400||12.8%||-2.1%|
|Total valid votes||50,013||100.0%|
|Canadian federal election, 2004|
|New Democratic||Fernando Miranda||6,113||14.95%||10.0%|
|Total valid votes||41,170||100.0%|
Note: Conservative vote is compared to the total of the Canadian Alliance vote and Progressive Conservative vote in 2000 election.
|Canadian federal election, 2000|
|Progressive Conservative||Danny Varaich||6,019||15.7%||-10.4%|
|New Democratic||Vishnu Roche||1,864||4.9%||-0.7%|
|Communist||Jim R. Bridgewood||350||0.9%|
|Total valid votes||38,416||100.0%|
Note: Canadian Alliance vote is compared to the Reform vote in 1997 election.
|Canadian federal election, 1997|
|Progressive Conservative||Beryl Ford||10,655||26.1%||+7.1%|
|New Democratic||Abdul Majeed||2,281||5.6%||+0.5%|
|Total valid votes||40,833||100.0%|
|Canadian federal election, 1993|
|Progressive Conservative||Harry Chadwick||7,338||19.0%||-22.5%|
|New Democratic||Paul Ledgister||1,977||5.1%||-17.3%|
|Natural Law||Bill Davies||279||0.7%|
|Independent||John E. Maxwell||261||0.7%|
|Total valid votes||38,545||100.0%|
Note that all electoral information is taken from Elections Canada.