Bob Saroya

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Bob Saroya

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Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Markham—Unionville
Assumed office
October 19, 2015
Preceded by John McCallum
Personal details
Born (1952-02-03) February 3, 1952 (age 66)
Punjab, India
Political party Conservative
Residence Markham, Ontario

Babar "Bob" Saroya MP (born February 3, 1952) is a Canadian politician, who was elected to represent the riding of Markham—Unionville in the House of Commons of Canada in the Canadian federal election, 2015.[1] During the 42nd Canadian Parliament he has been a member of the Conservative Party official opposition and sponsored one private member bill, C-338, An Act to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (punishment), which would have increased mandatory minimum sentences for those convicted of importing or exporting Schedule I and II controlled drugs and substances. The bill was debated at second reading but defeated in September 2017, with only the Conservative Party voting in favour.

His election in 2015 was unique, Markham—Unionville was originally held by John McCallum who Saroya came close to upsetting in 2011. After re-distribution, McCallum chose to run in the neighbouring riding of Markham—Thornhill. Saroya's election was considered to be an anomaly because he was the only candidate in Canada to pick up a seat from the Liberals.

Saroya immigrated to Canada from India in 1974. He eventually went on to own several Pizza Pizza restaurants and became a Sales Director with a multi-billion dollar Canadian company before first running for office in 2008.[2]

Electoral record

Canadian federal election, 2015
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Conservative Bob Saroya 24,605 49.37 +3.54 $148,191.54
Liberal Bang-Gu Jiang 21,596 43.33 +9.64 $105,134.99
New Democratic Colleen Zimmerman 2,528 5.07 -11.45 $3,111.82
Green Elvin Kao 1,110 2.23 -0.77 $4,322.49
Total valid votes/Expense limit 49,839 100.00   $218,774.36
Total rejected ballots 246 0.49
Turnout 50,085 60.68
Eligible voters 82,534
Conservative notional hold Swing -3.05
Source: Elections Canada[3][4]
Canadian federal election, 2011: Markham—Unionville
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal John McCallum 19,429 38.9 -16.0
Conservative Bob Saroya 17,734 35.5 +5.3
New Democratic Nadine Hawkins 10,897 21.8 +11.6
Green Adam Poon 1,597 3.2 -1.0
Libertarian Allen Small 231 0.5
Total valid votes 49,888 100.0
Total rejected ballots 290 0.6
Turnout 50,178 55.1 +2.8
Eligible voters 91,057
Canadian federal election, 2008: Etobicoke North
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Kirsty Duncan 15,244 48.6 -13.0 $54,827
Conservative Bob Saroya 9,436 30.1 +7.8 $64,024
New Democratic Ali Naqvi 4,940 15.7 +5.1 $35,653
Green Nigel Barriffe 1,460 4.7 +2.1 $2,242
Marxist–Leninist Anna Di Carlo 300 1.0 +0.4
Total valid votes/Expense limit 31,380 100.0 $79,011
Total rejected ballots 214 0.68
Turnout 31,594

References

  1. ^ https://www.thestar.com/news/federal-election/federal-ridings-toronto-gta/2015/10/20/conservative-candidate-bob-saroya-wins-in-markham-unionville.html
  2. ^ A look at the rookie MPs joining the ranks of Conservative, NDP benches Archived November 17, 2015, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Elections Canada – Confirmed candidates for Markham—Unionville, 30 September 2015
  4. ^ Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine.

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