Pannu of Alberta is the oldest MLA in Canada!
Professor in Educational Policy Studies and Sociology
at the University of Alberta for 27 years.
* First elected as MLA for Edmonton Strathcona in
* Served as leader of the Alberta NDP from 2000 to
* Led the fight against the government's plans to
establish private, for-profit hospitals in 2000.
* Served in the Legislature as a member of the Standing
Committee on Public Accounts and the Special Standing
Committee on Members' Services, as well as Standing
Committees on Private Bills, and Privileges and Elections,
Standing Orders and Printing.
* Member of an all-party committee that held public
consultations across the province to review the justice
system in 1998.
* Served on the Health Information Act Review Committee
in 2004. Issued a minority report to address concerns
about outsourcing of Albertans' medical information
to U.S.-based companies.
* Critic portfolios include Learning, Seniors and
Housing, Justice, Environment, Aboriginal Affairs
and Northern Development, and Children's Services
and Women's Equality.
* Taught high school in Whitecourt, 1962 to 1965.
* A resident and active member of the Strathcona
area of Edmonton for over 30 years.
* Served as a member of the Fort Edmonton Park Management
Committee and, in 1996, worked with Citizens for Quality
Communities in Edmonton.
* Married to Swinder. They have one adult daughter.
* Named one of Alberta's 50 Most Influential People
by Alberta Venture magazine in 2001 and 2004.
"(Raj) has restored the New Democrats as the
chief tormentor for Alberta's Tories."
Alberta Venture, July 2004
"Pannu's grasp of policy and his refusal to
resort to cheap shots or cynicism gave credibility
to the party far beyond its tiny numbers. His personal
style - to attack substance, not personality - helped
raise the level of public debate on many issues during
the later years of the government."
Full Name: Raj Pannu
Birth Sign: Capricorn
Profession: M.L.A. and Retired University Professor
City & Country of birth: India
Family/Children: Married to Swinder for nearly 45
happy years We have one daughter, Savi who has recently
Languages you speak: English, Punjabi, Hindi, Urdu.
Hockey or Football? Hockey
Best place to eat (in your city): Upper Crust
Last book you read: Gore Vidal's Empire
Movie you have seen at least 3 times: Fiddler on the
Word you wish you could use more often: No.
First job: House painter
Favourite Author(s): Pierre Burton and Margaret Atwood
First car: 1962 Corvair
What are you terrible at cooking? I make a great cheesecake,
but despite my wife's best efforts to teach me, I
can't get much else right.