EDMONTON: Manmeet Bhullar, the first-ever Indo-Canadian minister in Alberta, has been assigned the new portfolio of Human Services.
Bhullar, who represents the riding of Calgary-Greenway in the Alberta assembly, took the oath of office in a special ceremony with the Premier and Lieutenant Governor on Friday.
Till now, Bhullar was Minister of Service Alberta.
His new assignment has been rightly called a “super ministry” because it includes services pertaining to child and family services, Alberta works, and many others.
But his elevation to the very important ministry has drawn criticism from some quarters who question whether he can handle the difficult job. “It is a very big promotion for Minister Bhullar and it is going to be a monumental task to keep that ministry functioning at a high level,” said Jeff Wilson, MLA of the opposition Wildrose Party.
The 33-year-old Bhullar was one of the youngest members to enter a legislature in Canadian history when he was elected first in 2008 at the age of 26. But in Alberta, Bhullar was the youngest ever to be elected as an MLA and appointed a minister.
Bhullar got his law degree from the University of Windsor in Ontario in 2011.