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Former MLA Manmeet Bhullar to be honoured with riding name change

Manmeet Bhullar (Photo from GTEC Flickr)

Alberta's Government House Leader Jason Nixon announced that the government would like to see the constituency of Calgary-McCall renamed to Calgary-Bhullar-McCall

The name change is to reflect the service of former MLA Manmeet Bhullar, who was killed in a traffic accident in November 2015. Bhullar was struck by a vehicle while helping another driver on the QEII Highway.

Nixon said that former MLA was a tireless advocate, "It is our privilege to honour Manmeet, who touched so many lives with his passion and commitment to advocating for the vulnerable and empowering Albertans. He was a dedicated public servant, and gave his life helping someone in need. Alberta lost a great man with his passing, but we will never forget the legacy he left behind.

First elected in 2008 in the riding of Calgary-Montrose, Bhullar was appointed by then Premier Alison Redford as Minister of Service Alberta, before being promoted to Minister of Human Services under then Premier Jim Prentice.

Bhullar broke two milestones during his brief tenure as an MLA, at 27 years of age Bhullar was at the time the youngest MLA to be elected in Albertas History, and when appointed to cabinet in 2008 he was first turbaned Sikh to hold a ministerial position.

The new riding name will continue to commemorate the contributions of First World War veteran Frederick McCall.


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