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Tim Uppal 
MP

Incumbent
Assumed office 
2008
Preceded by Ken Epp

Born November 17, 1974 (1974-11-17) (age 35)
New Westminster, British Columbia
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Kiran Uppal
Children Kirpa Uppal
Residence Edmonton, Alberta
Profession banker

Tim Uppal (born November 17, 1974 in New Westminster, British Columbia) is a Canadian politician, who was elected as a Member of Parliament for Edmonton—Sherwood Park in the 2008 federal election. He represents the Conservative Party of Canada.

He is an Indo-Canadian of the Sikh faith.

Biography

He attended the University of Alberta but did not graduate.

From 1992 to 1997, he was executive producer and host of a radio show on CKER, Edmonton's multicultural radio station. In 2004, he became a residential mortgage manager at TD Canada Trust. He is the founder and president of the South Edmonton Youth Group and has been a member of the Capital Health Community Health Council since 2001.

Uppal ran for the Canadian Alliance in the 2000 federal election in Edmonton Southeast, where he lost to David Kilgour by less than 5,000 votes. In a re-match in the 2004 federal election in Edmonton—Beaumont, Kilgour defeated Uppal, who was now running for the Conservative Party of Canada, by just 134 votes. Uppal later requested a recount, as the number of rejected ballots was greater than Kilgour's margin of victory, but the recount ultimately confirmed Kilgour's victory.[1] Uppal subsequently lost the Conservative nomination for the 2006 election in Edmonton—Mill Woods—Beaumont to Mike Lake.

After Uppal won the nomination as the Conservative candidate for Edmonton—Sherwood Park in the 2008 election, several members of the riding association board quit in protest, alleging that party authorities had stacked the nomination meeting to ensure Uppal's victory over the board's own preferred candidate, Strathcona County councillor Jacquie Fenske.[2] The former board members instead backed James Ford, a Fenske supporter who subsequently filed as an independent candidate. On election night, Uppal and Ford seemed to trade the lead several times before Uppal was finally declared the winner by a margin of 1,668 votes.[3]

In December of 2008, Uppal was appointed to two standing committees, Health and Heritage[4].

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