Popular PC MLA Manmeet Bhullar killed in tragic accident

Toronto, November 28 (CINEWS):  The large South Asian immigrant population in Alberta as well as Albertans in general received the news of Alberta Progressive Conservative MLA Manmeet Bhullar’s tragic death with great sadness. How he died was heartbreaking and it represented the way he lived his life. He was killed Monday afternoon after he got out of his car in an attempt to aid another motorist on a snowy highway. manmeet
RCMP said a vehicle skidded off the Queen Elizabeth II Highway north of Red Deer and rolled onto the median.
Bhullar was one of two drivers who pulled over and got out of their vehicles to help.
But just moments later, a semi-truck lost control on the same stretch of highway, hit one of the parked vehicles and careened into the median, striking Bhullar as he was walking between his vehicle and the rollover.
Bhullar was rushed to hospital, but later died. No one else was hurt in the incident.
“The light in our lives went dark today,” his family said in a statement Monday evening.
“Manmeet Singh left us while he was doing what he loved more than anything — helping someone else.”
Premier Rachel Notley, who was in Ottawa for the first ministers meetings, said in a statement that all Albertans should be proud of Bhullar’s “significant” contributions to public life.
“This is a terrible tragedy, and our first thoughts are for Mr. Bhullar’s family and loved ones, as well as his constituents, his caucus colleagues, members of the legislature and the people of Alberta,” 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.”
Minutes after the news story was posted on the CBC Edmonton website, people across the province began to respond on Twitter.
“Saddened to hear of Manmeet’s passing,” Finance Minister Joe Ceci wrote in a tweet. “Condolences to the Bhullars, #pcaa and all that he touched. He had so much more good to achieve.”
Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi said in a statement he was “utterly gutted” by the news of Bhullar’s death.
“A public servant, a true warrior for fairness and justice, a big man with a giant heart, a friend,” Nenshi said.
The member for Calgary-Greenway was first elected to the Alberta Legislature in March 2008.
After a dispute between the party and the local constituency association in the run-up to that election, Bhullar was appointed by then premier Ed Stelmach to carry the Tory banner in the riding of Calgary Montrose.
“I know the issues of the riding,” Bhullar, then a 27-year-old law student said at the time. “I’ve been working in east Calgary for 10 years now, working with young people at risk, working on issues that affect people’s lives there.”
Redford first named Bhullar to cabinet in 2011, when he was appointed as Service Alberta minister.
In December 2013, Redford moved Bhullar to replace veteran minister Dave Hancock as human services minister.
While he headed that department, Bhullar helped rewrite a law that placed an automatic ban on the release of the names of children who died in provincial care.
That controversial ban had prevented even parents from speaking out.
In September 2014, he became infrastructure minister in the short-lived Prentice government.
Bhullar was re-elected twice and narrowly avoided being caught up in the NDP tide that swept the province in May, winning his riding by about 800 votes.
Born in Calgary, he earned a bachelor of arts from Athabasca University and a bachelor of laws from the University of Windsor.
Before running for office, he founded the Inspire Youth Development Society, which works with at-risk youth, and worked on several political campaigns. He was active in the Sikh community.
When Prentice ran for the Conservative leadership in 2014, Bhullar chaired his campaign.
He was at work on issues that were very close to him, which included the plight of Sikhs seeking to escape Afghanistan. Ꮠ

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