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Ravinder "Ravi" Kahlon (born May 15, 1979 in Victoria, British Columbia) is a Canadian politician and field hockey player.

Ravi Kahlon

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Parliamentary Secretary for Sport and Multiculturalism of British Columbia
Assumed office
July 18, 2017
Preceded bySam Sullivan (As Minister of Sport)
Member of the British Columbia Legislative Assembly
for Delta North
Assumed office
May 9, 2017
Preceded byScott Hamilton
Personal details
Born (1979-05-15) May 15, 1979 (age 40)
Victoria, British Columbia
Political partyNew Democratic
OccupationMLA

Kahlon began playing field hockey as a defender in the Victoria League at age twelve; he was selected to the Junior National Team in 1999 and was named team captain. Kahlon was a student at Camosun College in Victoria, British Columbia at the time. He earned his first international senior cap for the Men's National Team in 2000 against Malaysia in Brussels.

Eventually competing at every level of international competition, Kahlon's career would include playing three times in Hockey World Cup qualifying tournaments, representing Canada at the Commonwealth Games and Pan American Games, and a tenth-place finish at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. In 2013, Kahlon was inducted into the Delta Sports Hall of Fame.[1]

In October 2016, Kahlon announced he would be running for office in the 2017 British Columbia provincial election with the British Columbia New Democratic Party (BC NDP).[2] Kahlon won the NDP nomination in Delta North, an electoral district in Delta, British Columbia, a suburban city in Metro Vancouver. Delta North is considered a swing district, having been won three times each by the BC NDP and British Columbia Liberal Party in the six elections prior to 2017. When the election was held on May 9, 2017, Kahlon defeated Liberal incumbent Scott Hamilton by a margin of 9.14 percentage points.

The 2017 British Columbia election resulted in a hung parliament, with no party controlling a majority of seats in the Legislative Assembly. However, the NDP was eventually able to form a minority government with the support of the Green Party of British Columbia. The NDP government was sworn in on July 18, 2017, with new Premier John Horgan naming Kahlon as Parliamentary Secretary for Sport and Multiculturalism.[3]

Kahlon supported eventual winner Jagmeet Singh for leader of the federal New Democratic Party in that party's 2017 leadership election.[4]

Electoral recordEdit

British Columbia general election, 2017: Delta North
Party Candidate Votes %
New Democratic Ravi Kahlon 11,465 48.83
Liberal Scott Hamilton 9,319 39.69
Green Jacquie Miller 2,697 11.49
Total valid votes 23,604 100.00
Source: Elections BC[5]

International senior competitionsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Ravi Kahlon - Delta Sports Hall of Fame". Delta Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved 22 October 2016.
  2. ^ Kahlon, Ravi. "Community leader and Olympian Ravi Kahlon seeks North Delta seat for BC NDP". ravikahlon.ca. Retrieved 22 October 2016.
  3. ^ Shaw, Rob (July 18, 2017). "B.C. NDP Cabinet 2017: Metro Vancouver MLAs handed key cabinet roles". Vancouver Sun. Vancouver. Retrieved March 1, 2018.
  4. ^ Forrest, Maura (July 11, 2017). "NDP leadership tracker: Wab Kinew endorses Jagmeet Singh". National Post. Retrieved March 1, 2018. “Jagmeet, like many of B.C.’s newly elected MLAs, represents a new energy that is the future of our party. I’ve seen Jagmeet in action here in BC and watched him connect with people. Jagmeet is the leader our federal party needs,” said Ravi Kahlon, the MLA for Delta North, in a statement.
  5. ^ "2017 Provincial General Election Preliminary Voting Results". Elections BC. Retrieved 11 May 2017.