Mr. Harry S. Lali
Elected: 1991, 1996
NEW DEMOCRATIC PARTY
Harry Lali served as Minister of Transportation
and Highways from February 1998 to February
2001. He was the longest serving Highways
Minister in the New Democrat Government. Previously,
he served as Parliamentary Secretary to the
Minister of Forests from June 1996 to February
He was first elected to the Legislative Assembly
to represent the constituency of Yale-Lillooet
in 1991 and was re-elected in 1996.
Harry was born in Jullundur, Punjab, and
currently lives in Merritt. He was educated
at the University of Victoria and the University
of British Columbia, where he obtained a Bachelor
of Arts Degree in History and South Asian
Studies. He is the founder of the group which
established a chair of Punjabi and Sikh Studies
at the University of British Columbia.
Before his election to the Legislature, Harry
was an employment counsellor for the federally-sponsored
Merritt Outreach Program, starting in 1986.
He has also worked at MOSAIC in Vancouver.
He spent 11 summers working in the sawmill
industry and three years as a retail business
Harry served two years as a Councillor for
the City of Merritt. His other community involvements
included membership in the Lions Club, the
Merritt Recreation Commission and the Merritt
Aquatic Facilities Committee.
Harry and Rani Lali have two children, a
son, Ajhmair and a daughter, Suman.