Sukh Dhaliwal

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Sukh Dhaliwal

ਸੁਖ ਧਾਲੀਵਾਲ
Sukh Dhaliwal.jpg
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Surrey—Newton
Assumed office
October 19, 2015
Preceded by Jinny Sims
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Newton—North Delta
In office
January 23, 2006 – May 2, 2011
Preceded by Gurmant Grewal
Succeeded by Jinny Sims
Personal details
Born (1960-10-01) October 1, 1960 (age 58)
Sujapur, Ludhiana, Punjab
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Balwinder "Roni" Kaur Dhaliwal
Residence Surrey, British Columbia
Profession Businessman, politician

Sukh Minder "Sukh" Singh Dhaliwal MP (Punjabi: ਸੁਖ ਧਾਲੀਵਾਲ) (born September 17, 1960) is a Canadian businessman and politician, who has served as the Liberal Member of Parliament for Surrey—Newton since 2015. He was previously the Member of Parliament for Newton—North Delta from 2006 to 2011.

Early life

Born in Punjab, India, Dhaliwal emigrated from India in 1984 and became a Canadian citizen three years later. As a businessman, he founded a successful land surveying company and played an important role in the municipal politics of Surrey where he is said to have dominated the Surrey Electors Team membership list by signing up over 2,600 new party members. This represented over half the total number of members. However, in the November 1999 municipal elections, Dhaliwal lost his own bid for a seat on city council.

Federal politics

Dhaliwal was the federal Liberal candidate for the Newton-North Delta riding in 2004, but lost to Conservative Gurmant Grewal by just over 500 votes. Grewal decided to not seek re-election and, in 2006, Dhaliwal faced Conservative newcomer Phil Eidsvik. The NDP was also strong in the riding and 2004 candidate Nancy Clegg also ran again. Dhaliwal succeeded in winning the seat by exactly 1,000 votes.

In the 2006 Liberal leadership campaign, Dhaliwal initially indicated support for Joe Volpe, but soon moved to support Michael Ignatieff. Dhaliwal was instrumental in building support for Ignatieff's campaign in the Sikh community. Dhaliwal played a key role in Ignatieff’s short-lived, but successful, second leadership campaign in 2008.

In 2008, Dhaliwal wrote to a U.S. District Court judge on official House of Commons stationery in support of convicted international drug trafficker Ranjit Singh Cheema.[1]

On October 14, 2008, Dhaliwal was re-elected to Parliament by nearly 2,500 votes. Following the election, Dhaliwal was elected as the Chair of the Northern and Western Caucus of the Official Opposition, and served as the critic for the Asia Pacific Gateway and Western Economic Diversification Canada.

Dhaliwal has served on several House of Commons Committees: International Trade; Transportation, Infrastructure and Communities; and Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics. The Ethics Committee attracted high profile attention when it investigated allegations surrounding Karlheinz Schreiber’s dealings with former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney.

Dhaliwal lost his seat to Jinny Sims of the New Democratic Party in the 2011 federal election.

On October 15, 2012, Dhaliwal was charged with six counts of tax evasion for failing to file returns for a company that he ran with his wife, Roni Dhaliwal.[2] Two weeks later, the BC Liberal Party announced that Dhaliwal would be their candidate for Surrey-Panorama Ridge in the 2013 BC Election.[3] The seat was held by Stephanie Cadieux, who was moving to Surrey-Cloverdale after incumbent MLA Kevin Falcon announced he was not seeking re-election.[4] After a BC Liberal Party review of his candidacy, however, Dhaliwal withdrew from the election race. He and his wife later pleaded guilty to three and five counts of tax evasion, respectively, and they were ordered to pay a total of $8,000 in fines.[5]

In December 2014, Dhaliwal won the Liberal nomination in newly-formed riding of Surrey—Newton ahead of the 2015 election. He defeated NDP incumbent Jinny Sims and won the seat with 56 per cent of the vote.[6]

Electoral record

Canadian federal election, 2015: Surrey—Newton
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Sukh Dhaliwal 24,869 55.98 +21.90
New Democratic Jinny Sims 11,604 26.12 -9.17
Conservative Harpreet Singh 6,976 15.70 -11.72
Green Pamela Sangha 975 2.2 -0.40
Total valid votes/Expense limit 44,424 100.0     $197,640.76
Total rejected ballots
Turnout 44,424 68.55
Eligible voters 64,798
Liberal notional gain from New Democratic Swing +15.54
Source: Elections Canada[7][8]
Canadian federal election, 2011: Newton—North Delta
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
New Democratic Jinny Sims 15,413 33.42 +7.29
Liberal Sukh Dhaliwal 14,510 31.46 -4.96
Conservative Mani Kaur Fallon 14,437 31.30 +0.39
Green Liz Walker 1,520 3.30 -2.30
Independent Ravi S. Gill 123 0.27
Communist Sam Hammond 116 0.25 -0.02
Total valid votes/Expense limit 46,119 100.00
Total rejected ballots 294 0.63 +0.07
Turnout 46,413 62.59 +0.52
New Democratic gain from Liberal Swing +5.79
Canadian federal election, 2008: Newton—North Delta
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Sukh Dhaliwal 16,481 36.42 +2.17 $79,459
Conservative Sandeep Pandher 13,988 30.91 +0.29 $79,709
New Democratic Teresa Townsley 11,824 26.13 -5.83 $41,739
Green Liz Walker 2,533 5.60 +3.65 $2,243
Independent James W. Miller-Cousineau 179 0.40
Independent John Shavluk 126 0.28
Communist Harjit Daudharia 121 0.27 +0.01 $377
Total valid votes/Expense limit 45,252 100.00 $81,605
Total rejected ballots 255 0.56 +0.16
Turnout 45,507 62.07 -1.02
Liberal hold Swing +4.00
Canadian federal election, 2006: Newton—North Delta
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Sukh Dhaliwal 15,006 34.25 +2.70 $76,831
New Democratic Nancy Clegg 14,006 31.96 +2.76 $50,542
Conservative Phil Eidsvik 13,416 30.62 -2.20 $76,831
Green Sunny Athwal 853 1.95 -4.25 $12,622
Independent Rob Girn 319 0.73
Communist Harjit Daudharia 112 0.26 +0.02 $379
Independent Mike Saifie 106 0.24
Total valid votes 43,818 100.00
Total rejected ballots 174 0.40 -0.12
Turnout 43,992 63.09 0
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing +2.45
Canadian federal election, 2004: Newton—North Delta
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Conservative Gurmant Grewal 13,529 32.82 $72,183
Liberal Sukh Dhaliwal 13,009 31.55 $64,449
New Democratic Nancy Clegg 12,037 29.20 $28,384
Green John Hague 2,535 6.20 $3,135
Communist Nazir Rizvi 98 0.24 $389
Total valid votes 41,228 100.0
Total rejected ballots 216 0.52
Turnout 41,444 63


  1. ^ "Ranjit Cheema gunned down". Retrieved 27 September 2016.
  2. ^ "B.C. Liberal Sukh Dhaliwal faces tax-evasion charges". Retrieved 27 September 2016.
  3. ^ Fowlie, Jonathan (October 31, 2012). "Former MP Dhaliwal to run for B.C. Liberals". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved August 30, 2018.
  4. ^ Fowlie, Jonathan (August 30, 2012). "Kevin Falcon announces retirement; steps down as finance minister". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved August 30, 2018.
  5. ^ "Former Liberal MP pleads guilty to failing to file tax returns". Vancouver Sun. March 11, 2014. Retrieved August 30, 2018.
  6. ^ Eagland, Nick (October 20, 2015). "Surrey-Newton: Sukh Dhaliwal takes new seat for Liberals". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved August 30, 2018.
  7. ^ Elections Canada – Confirmed candidates for Surrey—Newton, 30 September 2015
  8. ^ Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates

External links

  • Sukh Dhaliwal
  • Sukh Dhaliwal – Parliament of Canada biography
  • Vancouver Sun International Drug Trafficker Letter
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