- Uppal re-elected in 2011 and was first elected to the House of Commons in 2008.
He won his seat after facing another challenge from independent conservative James Ford.
Uppal wins in Edmonton-Sherwood Park.
Alberta, Oct. 14, 2008
Conservative Tim Uppal defeated independent candidate James Ford
in Edmonton-Sherwood Park.
"It was absolutely up and down all night long. We were leading,
then we were down. I'm just pleased that we pulled it through at
the end," Uppal said.
Ford is a long-time Conservative loyalist who decided to run as
an independent because he was unhappy with the way Uppal won the
Conservative nomination in the riding.
Tim, his wife Kiran, a Department of Justice lawyer, and their
daughter Kirpa live in Sherwood Park. Tim was born in British Columbia
in 1974 and has spent most of his life in Edmonton. He and his family
have strong ties to Sherwood Park, having run a family business
in Sherwood Park Mall.
In his professional career, Tim has served as a Senior Advisor for
the Conservative Party of Canada and previously was a Residential
Mortgage Manager for TD Canada Trust. He is also a successful property
investor and business owner in the Edmonton area.
Tim has a long history of community involvement, which was recognized
when he was named The Outstanding Young Edmontonian for 2005 by
the Junior Chamber of Commerce and when he was awarded an Alberta
Centennial Medallion from the Government of Alberta.
Tim's community involvement has included his passion for mentoring
youth, including youth at risk, with whom he has worked for well
over a decade. He coached soccer and kabaddi (wrestling) and was
significantly involved in the World Masters Games. Tim is an active
member of the Sherwood Park Centennial Rotary Club. He was also
a member of the Capital Health Community Council and the City of
Edmonton Chief of Police Advisory Council.
Tim comes from a very hardworking and proud Canadian family. His
family originally came from northern India, Punjab. In Canada, his
grandfather worked on the railroad system that helped build this
country and his father worked in coal mines and sawmills in Alberta
and British Columbia.
Tim is a long-time supporter of Prime Minister Stephen Harper,
having worked on his leadership campaign in 2004. Since then, he
has worked tirelessly to support Conservative candidates across
the country. He has sought public office before with the Conservative
Party of Canada and the Canadian Alliance. In 2004, Tim lost by
only 134 votes to a Liberal Cabinet Minister.