CALGARY, Canada—Manmeet Singh Bhullar, a Sikh Canadian politician and Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta who represented the constituency of Calgary-Greenway as a Progressive Conservative passed away today after a tragic accident. Bhullar died in a motor vehicle collision while driving from Calgary to Edmonton on the Queen Elizabeth II highway.
Bhullar had served as a cabinet minister from 2011 until the defeat of the Progressive Conservative government in 2015. He was widely seen as a rising star in the Progressive Conservative caucus.
Manmeet Singh Bhullar was appointed to Cabinet as Minister of Service Alberta in October 2011. He was the first turbaned Sikh to hold a ministerial position.
Earlier today, Manmeet Singh participated in the results launch of Alberta Men’s Survey at the University of Calgary. On Twitter, he posted –
Childhood/past Trauma is a major barrier to healthy relationships. The world needs more healing pic.twitter.com/e0Vj0EvfrA
— Manmeet S. Bhullar (@manmeetsbhullar) November 23, 2015
Manmeet Singh’s sudden demise has been mourned by friends and family alike. Several of Bhullar’s colleagues have also released statements after his demise.
Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi released a statement shortly after the accident –
“I am utterly gutted to hear of the sudden passing of Manmeet Singh Bhullar. A public servant, a true warrior for fairness and justice, a big man with a giant heart, a friend.
Manmeet’s accomplishments are well-known. 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.”
Manmeet Singh Bhullar Died While Trying to Save Another Life
Bhullar’s accident took place when he stopped on the Queen Elizabeth II highway to assist another vehicle that had rolled off the road. As Bhullar was trying to help, he got hit while standing in the median.
Details of Manmeet Singh’s final services will be shared shortly.