| Canada | 24 Nov 2015 | Asia Samachar |
By Inderjeet Singh
What a loss to his family, community, province and country. He stopped to help a stranger, who had skidded of the road, but was killed by an out-of-control truck.
Canada has lost a great son in Manmeet Singh Bhullar, a Progressive Conservative MLA for Calgary-Greenway.
The 35-year old lawmaker was killed Monday (21 Nov 2015) by an out-of-control semi-trailer on the highway between Edmonton and Calgary after he pulled over to help a motorist who had lost control on the snowy road.
“The light in our lives went dark today,” his family said in a statement. “Manmeet Singh left us while he was doing what he loved more than anything — helping someone else.”
Manmeet was first elected to the Alberta legislature in 2008 and served as a cabinet minister in various roles, including infrastructure, human services, and Service Alberta.
Colleagues, friends and family of the 35-year old lawmaker are remembering him fondly for the sincerity he brought to public service throughout his relatively short yet accomplished life, reports CBC.
“It’s devastating for everyone who knew Manmeet and knew what he did and his sense of spirituality and public service and what a fine person he was,” CBC quoted former premier Jim Prentice.
“You really could not go anywhere in Alberta without being struck by the sense of admiration and affection and love that people in this province had for Manmeet as a political leader. This was a man who was in politics for all of the right reasons.”
[ASIA SAMACHAR is an online newspaper for Sikhs in Southeast Asia and surrounding countries. We have a Facebook page, do give it a LIKE. Follow us on Twitter. Visit our website: www.asiasamachar.com]
4 Sikhs take up Cabinet berth in Canada (Asia Samachar, 5 Nov 2015)
Punjabi now third language in the Canadian parliament (Asia Samachar, 3 Nov 2015)
Canada politics changed forever from personal to community perspective (Asia Samachar, 30 Oct 2015)
Canadistan goes red, liberal (Asia Samachar, 21 Oct 2015)
5 Sikh women, 5 turbaned Sikhs among 19 Indo-Canadians elected MPs (Asia Samachar, 21 Oct 2015)