Alberta MLA Man­meet Bhullar killed in road accident

Asian Journal - - Nation - By Gur­mukh Singh

Toronto: Man­meet Bhullar, a for­mer min­is­ter in Canada’s Alberta prov­ince who at the age of 28 be­came the youngest In­dian Cana­dian to get elected as an MLA, was killed in a road accident near Red Deer city. Bhullar, 35, who was a sit­ting Calgary MLA, died when he was hit by a ve­hi­cle on Queen El­iz­a­beth II High­way. He was on his way from Calgary to Ed­mon­ton. Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, Bhullar and an­other ve­hi­cle stopped on the high­way near Red Deer to help pas­sen­gers of a ve­hi­cle that had skid­ded off the icy high­way and rolled into the me­dian. Bhullar was stand­ing out­side his ve­hi­cle when an­other pass­ing ve­hi­cle lost con­trol and struck the me­dian and hit him. Bhullar was rushed to a hos­pi­tal where he suc­cumbed to his in­juries. Mourn­ing his death, Alberta Premier Rachel Not­ley said: “We have lost our col­league, Calgary-Green­way has lost a friend and ef­fec­tive voice in the leg­is­la­ture, and most of all, we have all lost a pas­sion­ate ad­vo­cate for Alberta.” “All Al­ber­tans should be proud of his sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tions to pub­lic life,” he said. Calgary Mayor Na­heed Nen­shi said he was “ut­terly gut­ted” by the news. In a state­ment, Nen­shi said : “He was a pow­er­ful com­mu­nity ad­vo­cate from a young age and first elected to the Alberta leg­is­la­ture at 28. He was brave and un­re­lent­ing in his role, par­tic­u­larly when it came to force­fully ad­vo­cat­ing for chil­dren in care -- the least pow­er­ful peo­ple in our so­ci­ety.”

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