Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi

Last updated
Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi

MP
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for National Party List
Assumed office
8 November 2008
Personal details
Born (1964-02-20) 20 February 1964 (age 55)
Delhi, India
Nationality India
New Zealand
Political party New Zealand National Party
Spouse(s)Irvinder Kaur
Alma mater University of Delhi

Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi (Punjabi: ਕੰਵਲਜੀਤ ਸਿੰਘ ਬਖ਼ਸ਼ੀ; born 20 February 1964) is an Indian-born-New Zealand politician and a member of the National Party. He was elected into the 49th New Zealand Parliament in 2008 by way of the party list.

Punjabi language Indo-Aryan language spoken in India and Pakistan

Punjabi is an Indo-Aryan language with more than 100 million native speakers in the Indian subcontinent and around the world. It is the native language of the Punjabi people, an ethnic group of the cultural region called the Punjab, which encompasses northwest India and eastern Pakistan.

New Zealand National Party Major New Zealand political party

The New Zealand National Party, shortened to National or the Nats, is a centre-right political party in New Zealand. It is one of two major parties that dominate contemporary New Zealand politics, alongside its traditional rival, the New Zealand Labour Party.

49th New Zealand Parliament

The 49th New Zealand Parliament was elected at the 2008 election. It comprised 122 members, including an overhang of two seats caused by the Māori Party having won two more electorate seats than its share of the party vote would otherwise have given it. The Parliament served from 2008 until the November 2011 election.

Contents

Early life

Bakshi was born in Delhi, India. He attended Guru Harkrishan Public School and acquired a degree in Commerce from the University of Delhi in 1989. His first job after graduation was in the family's freight business where he eventually became a marketing manager. His father was a politician. [1]

Delhi Megacity and union territory of India, containing the national capital

Delhi, officially the National Capital Territory of Delhi (NCT), is a city and a union territory of India containing New Delhi, the capital of India. It is bordered by Haryana on three sides and by Uttar Pradesh to the east. The NCT covers an area of 1,484 square kilometres (573 sq mi). According to the 2011 census, Delhi's city proper population was over 11 million, the second-highest in India after Mumbai, while the whole NCT's population was about 16.8 million. Delhi's urban area is now considered to extend beyond the NCT boundaries and include the neighboring satellite cities of Faridabad, Gurgaon, Sonipat, Ghaziabad and Noida in an area now called Central National Capital Region (CNCR) and had an estimated 2016 population of over 26 million people, making it the world's third-largest urban area according to United Nations. As of 2016, recent estimates of the metro economy of its urban area have ranked Delhi either the most or second-most productive metro area of India. Delhi is the second-wealthiest city in India after Mumbai, with a nominal economy of $110 billion for the entire Union Territory, and is home to 18 billionaires and 23,000 millionaires. Delhi ranks fifth among the Indian states and union territories in human development index.

Guru Harkrishan Public School

Guru Harkrishan Public School, New Delhi, India, is a co-educational, senior secondary school, affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). It imparts an education inspired by the life and teachings of the Sikh Gurus. It was among the first in the chain of schools established by the Gurudwara Management Committee in 1965, which today has 12 branches in Delhi, giving education to more than 20,000 students.

University of Delhi Central university located in New Delhi, India

The University of Delhi, informally known as Delhi University (DU), is a collegiate public central university, located in New Delhi, India. It was founded in 1922 by an Act of the Central Legislative Assembly. As a collegiate university, its main functions are divided between the academic departments of the university and affiliated colleges. Consisting of three colleges, two faculties, and 750 students at its founding, the University of Delhi has since become India's largest institution of higher learning and among the largest in the world. The university currently consists of 16 faculties and 86 departments distributed across its North and South campuses. It has 77 affiliated colleges and 5 other institutes with an enrollment of over 132,000 regular students and 261,000 non-formal students. The Vice-President of India serves as the University's chancellor.

Bakshi married Irvinder Kaur in 1989 and moved to New Zealand in 2001.[ citation needed ]

Member of Parliament

New Zealand Parliament
YearsTermElectorateListParty
2008 2011 49th List 38 National
2011 2014 50th List 35 National
2014 2017 51st List 32 National
2017 present 52nd List 32 National

Bakshi is both New Zealand's first Indian and first Sikh Member of Parliament. [2] He was elected in the 2008 election by way of the party list. [3] He is the Chairperson of the Law and Order Select Committee and a member of Commerce Select Committee. [4]

2008 New Zealand general election election

The 2008 New Zealand general election was held on 8 November 2008 to determine the composition of the 49th New Zealand parliament. The conservative National Party, headed by its parliamentary leader John Key, won the largest share of votes and seats, ending nine years of government by the social-democratic Labour Party, led by Helen Clark. Key announced a week later that he would lead a National minority government with confidence-and-supply support from the ACT, United Future and Māori parties. The Governor-General swore Key in as New Zealand's 38th Prime Minister on 19 November 2008. This marked an end to nine years of Labour Party government, and the beginning of the Fifth National Government of New Zealand which would govern for 9 years, until its loss to the Labour Party in the 2017 general election.

In early 2009 and again in August 2009, he was investigated by police and Immigration New Zealand over a scheme where he allegedly made false job offers to Indian people wishing to enter New Zealand. [5] Bakshi was later cleared by the police of wrongdoing without an interview of the main complainant who had left the country. [6]

Immigration New Zealand, formerly the New Zealand Immigration Service, is the agency within the New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) that is responsible for border control, issuing travel visas and managing immigration to New Zealand.

In June 2010, his Military Manoeuvres Act Repeal Bill was drawn from the member's ballot. [7] The bill passed into law in April 2012.

Kanwaljit accompanied New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key on his visit to India in June 2011. [8] He has been recognised for fostering ties between New Zealand and India. [9] Bakshi has also assisted the New Zealand Government in publishing their policies in Indian languages such as Hindi, Gujrati and Punjabi for the benefit of Indian Community. [10] He also received the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award at a ceremony in India in January 2015 for building a positive profile of people of Indian Origin in New Zealand and South Pacific. [11]

Bakshi voted against the first reading of Louisa Wall's same-sex marriage bill in August 2012. [12] Bakshi later attended a protest against Louisa Wall's bill stating to the crowd of around 250: "We understand that God made us and we are firm believers (that) marriage is between a man and woman, I tell you, the majority of the National Party MPs voted against this bill. There were only three Labour party MPs who voted against this bill. So you can understand who believes in Christianity, who believes in this bill. It is the National Party." Bakshi later conceded that in fact a majority of National MP's had voted for the bill. [13]

Related Research Articles

Ujjal Dosanjh Canadian politician

Ujjal Dev Singh Dosanjh,, is a Canadian lawyer and politician. He served as 33rd Premier of British Columbia from 2000 to 2001 and as a Liberal Party of Canada Member of Parliament from 2004 to 2011, including a period as Minister of Health from 2004 until 2006, when the party lost government. As a member of the Official Opposition from January 2006 until 2011, Dosanjh was variously the critic of National Defence, Public Safety, and Foreign Affairs, and sat on the Standing Committee on National Defence, the Committee on Public Safety and National Security, the Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development, the Committee on the Canadian Mission in Afghanistan and the Committee on Justice and Human Rights. Dosanjh was one of four Visible Minorities to serve in Paul Martin's Ministry.

New Zealand First, commonly abbreviated to NZ First, is a nationalist and populist political party in New Zealand. It was founded in July 1993, following the resignation on 19 March 1993 of its leader and founder, Winston Peters, from the then-governing National Party. It has formed governments with both major parties in New Zealand, first with the National Party from 1996 to 1998 and then with the Labour Party from 2005 to 2008 and from 2017 to present.

Nick Smith (New Zealand politician) New Zealand politician

Nicolas Rex Smith is a New Zealand politician and a member of the New Zealand Parliament as a National Party member of parliament. Smith has represented the Nelson electorate since 1996, and was the Member for Tasman before that, from 1990-1996.

Lindsay Tisch New Zealand politician

William Lindsay Tisch, known as Lindsay Tisch, is a New Zealand politician, and member of the National Party.

Damien OConnor New Zealand politician

Damien Peter O'Connor is a New Zealand politician from the West Coast of the South Island. He is a member of the Labour Party, Member of Parliament and a cabinet minister.

Murray McCully New Zealand politician

Murray Stuart McCully is a former New Zealand politician. He is a member of the National Party, and served as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2008 to 2017.

United Progressive Alliance (UPA) is a coalition of left and centre-left political parties in India formed after the 2004 general election. The largest member party of the UPA is the INC, whose Former National President Sonia Gandhi is chairperson of the UPA. It formed a government with support from some other left-aligned parties in 2004.

Varun Gandhi Indian politician,Son of Sanjay Gandhi

Feroze Varun Gandhi is an Indian politician, and a member of Parliament for Lok Sabha from the Pilibhit constituency. He is also member of the Bharatiya Janata Party and was inducted into Rajnath Singh's team in March 2012 as General Secretary. He hails from the Nehru-Gandhi family, which has occupied a prominent place in the politics of India ever since the country gained independence in 1947.

Same-sex marriage in New Zealand has been legal since 19 August 2013. A bill for legalisation was passed by the New Zealand House of Representatives on 17 April 2013 by 77 votes to 44 and received royal assent on 19 April. It entered into force on 19 August, to allow time for the Department of Internal Affairs to make the necessary changes for marriage licensing and related documentation. New Zealand became the first country in Oceania, the fourth in the Southern Hemisphere, and the fifteenth overall to allow same-sex couples to marry.

Colin McDonald King is a New Zealand politician who first entered Parliament in 2005. In late 2013, he lost the National Party selection process for the Kaikōura electorate for the 2014 general election.

Nathan Guy New Zealand politician

Allen Nathan Guy is a New Zealand politician, and currently serves as a member of Parliament representing the National Party.

S. Tarlochan Singh is an Indian politician. He is a Member of the Parliament of India, representing Haryana. He served as Chairman National Commission for Minorities from 2003 to 2006, was member, National Human Rights Commission of India, Govt. of India, 2003 to 2006. He served as Vice Chairman, National Commission for Minorities from 2000 to 2003.

2008 Lok Sabha vote of confidence

The United Progressive Alliance (UPA), the governing alliance in India elected in 2004, faced its first confidence vote in the Lok Sabha on 22 July 2008 after the Communist Party of India (Marxist)-led Left Front withdrew support over India approaching the IAEA for the Indo-US nuclear deal. The vote was so crucial that the UPA and the opposition parties summoned MPs from their sick beds and even from prison cells to take part in the vote, which was eventually won by the Government.

Melissa Lee New Zealand politician

Melissa Ji-Yun Lee is a New Zealand politician. She was elected to the House of Representatives as a list MP for the National Party in the 2008 election. As of 2018 she is the National Party's spokesperson for broadcasting, communications, digital media, and ethnic affairs.

John Boscawen New Zealand politician

John Spencer Boscawen is a former ACT New Zealand member of the New Zealand House of Representatives and as of May 2011, ACT's Parliamentary Leader and former Minister of Consumer Affairs of New Zealand. He came to parliament in the 2008 general election as a list MP, having been ranked fourth. Before entering parliament he was best known for his campaign against the Electoral Finance Act. He sat on the Finance and Expenditure, Commerce, and Parliamentary Service select committees, and is ACT's spokesperson for a range of issues including Housing, Transport, Energy and Economic Development.

Gareth Hughes (politician) New Zealand politician

Gareth Thomas Llewelyn Hughes is a New Zealand politician and member of the Green Party. He took a seat in Parliament as the next person on the Green party list following the retirement of Jeanette Fitzsimons in February 2010.

Jagmeet Singh Leader of the New Democratic Party

Jagmeet Singh Jimmy Dhaliwal, professionally known as Jagmeet Singh, is a Canadian lawyer and politician serving as leader of the New Democratic Party since 2017 and as the Member of parliament (MP) for the riding of Burnaby South since 2019. He was previously an Ontario New Democratic Party Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) for Bramalea—Gore—Malton in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 2011 to 2017.

Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Act 2013 law passed by the New Zealand House of Representatives legalizing gay marriage

The Marriage Amendment Act 2013 is an Act of Parliament in New Zealand, which since 19 August 2013, allows same-sex couples to legally marry.

Preet Gill Labour Party MP for Birmingham Edgbaston, elected June 2017

Preet Kaur Gill is a British Labour Co-operative politician serving as Member of Parliament (MP) for Birmingham Edgbaston since 2017. She is the first female British Sikh MP.

References

  1. "Here is a little further information about me –". Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi. Retrieved 2 September 2014.
  2. "New Zealand Parliament Gets First Sikh MP". Hindustan Times. 10 November 2008. Archived from the original on 21 September 2014. Retrieved 20 July 2012.
  3. 2008 Election Results
  4. NZ Parliament website – Current MPs – KS Bakshi
  5. Gower, Patrick (19 August 2009). "National MP faces police probe on jobs". The New Zealand Herald . Retrieved 19 August 2009.
  6. Gower, Patrick (16 October 2009). "Bakshi cleared of scam". The New Zealand Herald . Retrieved 28 January 2013.
  7. "Military Manoeuvres Act Repeal Bill". Parliament of New Zealand. Retrieved 18 June 2010.
  8. "New Zealand PM embarks on first visit to India". 25 June 2011. Retrieved 26 February 2015.
  9. "Another first for the first inductee of the Kiwi-Indian Hall of Fame". 16 January 2015. Retrieved 27 February 2015.
  10. "Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi". 12 August 2009. Retrieved 27 February 2015.
  11. "National MP receives prestigious Pravasi Bhartiya Award". 13 January 2015. Retrieved 27 February 2015.
  12. "Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill — First Reading". New Zealand Parliament – Hansard. 29 August 2012. Retrieved 28 January 2013.
  13. Weekes, John (28 October 2012). "MPs attend protest against gay marriage". The New Zealand Herald . Retrieved 28 January 2013.