NRIs in Canadian general elections (MP) poll on June 28

British Columbia




Ujjal Dosanjh , Liberal, Member of Parliament from Vancouver South

Former Premier of British Columbia

Nationally-respected Attorney General, lawyer and defender of human rights
Recognized community activist on social justice and equality issues


Ujjal Dosanjh is a distinguished British Columbian with a national reputation. His commitment to making a difference and his energy and passion in working for our priorities will:

Build new bridges between BC and Ottawa to put key Western concerns at the top of the national agenda;
Protect and improve our universal health care with an immediate focus on providing resources to shorten patient wait-times;
Take full advantage of the skills and knowledge of immigrants with improved accreditation of foreign training and enhanced community support programs for new Canadians.
Crack down on crime and causes of crime with strengthened resources for policing, tracking sex offenders and safer neighbourhood initiatives;
Build on the government's commitment to education to provide our future generations with the best opportunities;
Support and enhance programs for seniors and youth and for improving relations among communities; and
Maintain British Columbia's unique gateway position and strong cultural ties with Asia for the economic well-being of all. ......more


Narinder (Nina) Grewal , Conservative, Member of Parliament from Fleetwood - Port Kells

Narinder (Nina) Grewal----->ELECTED

I am a proud Canadian, wife, and mother of two who understands the challenges and concerns faced by ordinary citizens in their daily lives. I am not a seasoned politician. I am simply a person with deep values who cares about her community and the people in it, and who would like to make this country a safer and more prosperous place for us and for future generations. I also believe in a government that’s accountable to the people it represents, and not to friends and cronies.........more

Gurmant Grewal, Conservative, Member of Parliament from Newton - North Delta

Gurmant Grewal is the Member of Parliament (MP) ----->ELECTED
for Surrey Central. Surrey , B.C., Canada


Born: 1957, India
Education: Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) 1981
B. Sc. Agriculture (Honours) 1979
Personal: Married for 19 years to Nina; father of two sons.
Career: Over 20 years of experience as a realtor, entrepreneur, manager and Assistant Professor of Management at University of Liberia and a Member of Parliament since 1997.


The following candidates---> NOT ELECTED:


MOE GILL, Liberal, Member of Parliament from Abbotsford

MOE GILL,born in Punjab , India , arrived in Canada in 1955, and moved to Abbotsford in 1975. Moe has served on Abbotsford Council since 1996. He currently sits on nine committees: Agricultural Select Committee; Greater Vancouver Regional District Parks Board; Matsqui Dyking, Drainage, and Irrigation Committee; Sumas Dyking, Drainage, and Irrigation Committee; Parks and Recreation Commission; Abbotsford-Mission Joint Transit Committee; Abbotsford Downtown Business Association; AgriFair Board; and Canada Day Committee. Moe has served with many organizations, including: Fraser Valley Cole Crop Growers’ Association; Fraser Valley Strawberry Growers’ Association; B.C. Raspberry Growers’ Association; Federal Agricultural Employment Services; MSA Museum Society; Fraser Valley Indo-Canadian Business Association; Abbotsford-Matsqui Rotary; Dashmesh Punjabi School ; and Abbotsford Foundation.

Moe Gill lives the motto of the Rotary Club The 4-Way Test:
1. Is it the TRUTH?
2. Is It FAIR to all concerned?
4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

Moe Gill feels that Abbotsford is a beautiful City with much growth potential, and is grateful to have the opportunity to serve the community.
His success in public life is mirrored on his personal side. Through hard work, Moe is a past title winner of the British Columbia Seniors Champion in amateur wrestling.
Moe and his wife Jagdish have two children a son and a daughter and now a grandson.

Gurbux Saini , Liberal, Member of Parliament from Cariboo - Prince George

“Let’s have a representative in Ottawa that can help MAKE legislation for a change, rather than just criticize it. Cariboo-Prince George deserves a representative who will be the region’s voice in government for the next four years. I promise to work hard and generate new opportunities for success in our region. I ask the people of Cariboo-Prince George to cast their vote for a new voice and new approach to government. I ask for your support.”....... more


Dr. Gulzar Cheema , Liberal, Member of Parliament from Fleetwood - Port Kells

Dr. Gulzar Cheema became the MLA for the riding of Surrey-Panorama Ridge in the 2001 provincial general election. He served as the Minister of State for Immigration and Multicultural Services and as Minister of State for Mental Health.
Dr. Cheema was elected in 2001 to represent the riding of Surrey-Panorama Ridge. He was also a member of the Legislative Assembly in Manitoba for five years and served as critic for health, labour, housing, native affairs, sport and co-operatives, and consumer and corporate affairs.

Before his election to the British Columbia Legislative Assembly, Dr. Cheema was a family doctor in Surrey. He has practised medicine in rural Manitoba and in Winnipeg, and was a clinical instructor in the Punjab before coming to Canada in 1979. His special interests include neonatology, psychiatry, psycho-geriatrics and geriatrics. ..........more



Sukh Dhaliwal, Liberal, Member of Parliament from Newton - North Delta

Sukh Dhaliwal, born in 1960, is a very active member of our community who has worked hard to make Surrey a stronger and more vital place for all of us. He delivers on his commitment to our community. He is a volunteer member of the Surrey Memorial Hospital Foundation's 'Emergency Campaign Cabinet' that will raise millions of dollars to assist in the construction of an expanded emergency ward at the hospital. He is also committed to our business community being an active member of the Surrey Chamber of Commerce.

Sukh Dhaliwal is a strong advocate on issues such as youth violence, affordable post secondary education, health care, human rights and transportation. Multiculturalism and immigration are also issues that benefit our community and have Sukh's active involvement.

Sukh is a professional engineer. He completed his studies at the University of Calgary and at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. Sukh is a small business owner, based in Surrey, and directly employs 15 people in a successful land surveying enterprise.

Sukh Dhaliwal has been a supporter of Paul Martin since 1990. That support continued as he assisted Paul in British Columbia during the 2003 Liberal Leadership contest and at the Leadership convention in Toronto.

Sukh Dhaliwal remains filled with a strong sense of hope, of opportunity and full ambition that he had when he arrived in Canada twenty years ago. In seeking to be our Member of Parliament, he dedicates himself to creating opportunity and hope for our community and our youth, now and for the years ahead.

Sukh is married to Roni, they have two school-aged children and a newborn, and together they look after his mom and dad.

Jasbir S. Cheema , Conservative, Member of Parliament from Surrey North

Jasbir S. Cheema was born in a remote village in Punjab, India. His family migrated to India during the 1947 bloody partition of the country, abandoning their home, family, and friends in the newly created Pakistan. While in school, Jasbir spent most of his spare time helping at the family farm. He had a lot of chores, as he hoed, ploughed, took care of the animals, and helped his family irrigate the farm. With his chores and his school, Jasbir often to stayed up late in the evening to finish his homework for school.

Hard work finally paid off, he completed both his Bachelor's and Master's in Science in 1982 at PAU, one of India's most prestigious universities. That same year, Jasbir migrated to Canada, where he continued his academic pursuits at the Humber College of Applied Arts and Technology. Jasbir graduated from Humber College in 1986 as a recipient of one of the school's awards for academic excellence.

Upon graduation, Jasbir applied his academic training towards a position at Corporate Foods research (Dempster's Bread), where he conducted research on food science and development at their laboratories in Ontario.

Following his employment with Dempster's, Jasbir went on to become a small business owner, first as the operator of a successful mobile food catering business, and subsequently as the owner of a driving school, a company he continues to manage to this day.

Jasbir has maintained a strong profile in his community, having served as a weekly host on CJMR 1190 Radio for four years, and also as a host and co-producer for a weekly program with City TV, in Toronto. Most recently, Jasbir became the first live news anchor on Channel M, Vancouver's first mainstream multicultural station, where he has received accolades for his dedication and skill in investigating and reporting current events to the multicultural communities of the Lower Mainland.

Jasbir and his wife Sue are happily married and have four young children all attending local schools.

Hira Chopra , Liberal, Member of Parliament from Nanaimo-Alberni

Hira Chopra’s roots in Port Alberni are deep and strong. He was born in India and went to the Punjabi University graduating with a Masters Degree in History and a Diploma in Physical Education. Hira has been a resident of Port Alberni for 24 years, he and his wife Narinder have raised two children here.

Hira has been involved in a wide range of community organizations and is deeply committed to a healthy and vibrant community. He supports several amateur sports teams in the region.

Hira is a member of IWA Canada Local 185, Rotary Club of Port Alberni and serves as a director on the Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce.

His work experience is wide-ranging, he is a small business owner in Port Alberni and works at the Alberni Pacific Division sawmill.

Hira also has extensive political experience. He has served three terms (8 years) on Port Alberni City Council and is currently Chair of the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District. Hira was your candidate in the last election and a long term liberal member for over 20 years.

H. Pummy Kaur, NDP