Harry Lali

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Harry Lali
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Member of the British Columbia Legislative Assembly
for Fraser-Nicola
In office
May 12, 2009 – May 14, 2013
Preceded byRiding established
Succeeded byJackie Tegart
Member of the British Columbia Legislative Assembly
for Yale-Lillooet
In office
May 17, 2005 – May 12, 2009
Preceded byDavid Chutter
Succeeded byRiding dissolved
In office
October 17, 1991 – May 16, 2001
Preceded byJames Rabbitt
Succeeded byDavid Chutter
Minister of Transportation and Highways of British Columbia
In office
February 18, 1998 – February 15, 2001
PremierGlen Clark
Dan Miller
Ujjal Dosanjh
Preceded byLois Boone
Succeeded byHelmut Giesbrecht
Merritt City Councillor
In office
December 1988 – October 17, 1991
Personal details
Born
Harbhajan Singh Lali

(1955-08-10) August 10, 1955 (age 67)
Jullundur, Punjab, India
Political partyBritish Columbia New Democratic Party
Residence(s)Merritt, British Columbia

Harbhajan Singh "Harry" Lali (born August 10, 1955) is a former MLA in the Canadian province of British Columbia.

Biography[edit]

Lali spent eleven summers working in the forestry industry, and obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and South Asia Area Studies from the University of Victoria and the University of British Columbia, where he helped establish the Chair of Punjabi and Sikh Studies. He served one term as City Councillor in Merritt starting in 1988, and was an employment counsellor for the Merritt Outreach Program from 1986 until 1991.[1]

He is a member of the British Columbia New Democratic Party and the longest serving South Asian Member of a Legislative Assembly in Canadian history, surpassing his former colleague Moe Sihota in June 2010.[2][3][4]

First term in the Legislative Assembly[edit]

In the 1991 election he was elected to the Legislative Assembly as MLA for Yale-Lillooet, and was re-elected in 1996. Lali served as the Minister of Transportation and Highways from 1998 to 2001 under three different Premiers.[3] For the 2001 election, he chose not to run for re-election.

Second term in the Legislative Assembly[edit]

He returned to the Assembly by winning his riding in the 2005 election ahead of BC Liberal Party candidate Lloyd Forman and Green Party candidate Michael McLean. Lali ran again elected in the newly created riding of Fraser-Nicola in the 2009 election and was re-elected over BC Liberal Party candidate Ella Brown.

Leadership bid[edit]

In December 2010, following a BC NDP caucus revolt of which Lali was a part of, BC NDP Leader Carole James announced she would step down as Leader of the NDP. On January 7, 2011, Lali announced he was running to be leader of the opposition.[5] But less than a month later, Lali dropped out of the race saying that he was unable to come up with the funds necessary to mount a credible campaign.[6]

Defeat[edit]

Lali ran for re-election but suffered a surprising defeat to BC Liberal Candidate Jackie Tegart in his riding of Fraser-Nicola in the 2013 election, Lali blamed his defeat on a poorly run provincial campaign and a dearth of NDP supporters showing up at the polls because he was considered a shoo-in cost him the riding.[7]

Attempt to return to the Legislative Assembly[edit]

On May 17, 2016, Lali announced he would again run for the British Columbia New Democratic Party nomination for Fraser-Nicola in a bid to reclaim his seat.[8] He was challenged by Aaron Sam, a Lower Nicola Indian Band chief. Lali ended up winning the nomination but losing his re-match to Tegart.

Electoral record[edit]

2017 British Columbia general election: Fraser-Nicola
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Jackie Tegart 6,597 41.79 −2.35 $47,914
New Democratic Harry Lali 6,073 38.47 −1.15 $51,363
Green Arthur Alexander Green 2,519 15.96 +6.30 $17,214
Social Credit Michael Henshall 596 3.78 $5,848
Total valid votes 15,785 100.00
Total rejected ballots 69 0.44
Turnout 15,854 64.04
Source: Elections BC[9]
2013 British Columbia general election: Fraser-Nicola
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Jackie Tegart 6,002 44.14 +1.42 $87,325
New Democratic Harry Lali 5,388 39.62 −9.5 $79,802
Green John Kidder 1,314 9.66 +3.13 $2,035
Conservative Michael Beauclair 895 6.58 $2,628
Total valid votes 13,599 100.00
Total rejected ballots 51 0.37
Turnout 13,650 61.52
Source: Elections BC[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "39th Parliament Members at dissolution on April 16, 2013". Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. Retrieved 21 January 2017.
  2. ^ Guide Parlementaire Canadien. 1994. ISBN 9780921925545.
  3. ^ a b "MLA: Harry Lali". Member Biography. Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. Retrieved 11 May 2010.
  4. ^ "Lali, longest-serving South Asian MLA". Merritt Herald. 15 June 2010. Retrieved 20 January 2017.
  5. ^ Fortems, Cam (7 January 2011). "Lali to run for Opposition leader". Kamloops Daily News. Retrieved 20 January 2017.
  6. ^ "B.C. MLA Harry Lali drops out of NDP race". CBC.ca. The Canadian Press. Retrieved 19 January 2017.
  7. ^ Potestio, Michael (4 May 2016). "Lali Seeking NDP Nomination". Retrieved 20 January 2017.
  8. ^ Roden, Barbara (26 May 2016). "Harry Lali to seek NDP nomination". Ashcroft Cache Creek Journal. Retrieved 20 January 2017.
  9. ^ "Statement of Votes – 41st Provincial General Election – May 9, 2017" (PDF). Elections BC. Retrieved 7 December 2019.
  10. ^ "Statement of Votes - 40th Provincial General Election" (PDF). Elections BC. Retrieved 17 May 2017.
British Columbia provincial government of Ujjal Dosanjh
Cabinet post (1)
Predecessor Office Successor
cont'd from Miller Ministry Minister of Transportation and Highways
February 29, 2000 – February 15, 2001
Helmut Giesbrecht
British Columbia provincial government of Dan Miller
Cabinet post (1)
Predecessor Office Successor
cont'd from Clark Ministry Minister of Transportation and Highways
August 25, 1999 – February 24, 2000
cont'd into Dosanjh Ministry
British Columbia provincial government of Glen Clark
Cabinet post (1)
Predecessor Office Successor
Lois Boone Minister of Transportation and Highways
February 18, 1996 – August 25, 1999
cont'd into Miller Ministry