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Harinder Jeet Singh Takhar is a politician in Ontario, Canada. Takhar was born to a Sikh family in the Indian state of Punjab, with a background in farming and civil service work. He moved to Canada in 1974, and arrived in Mississauga, Ontario in 1977. Motto: Ut Incepit Fidelis Sic Permanet (Latin: Loyal she began, loyal she remains) Official languages English Capital Toronto Largest city Toronto Lieutenant-Governor James K. Bartleman Premier Dalton McGuinty (Liberal) Parliamentary representation  - House seat  - Senate seats 106 24 Area Total  â€¢ Land  â€¢ Water    (% of total)  Ranked 4th 1,076,395 km... A Sikh man wearing a turban A Sikh is a follower of Sikhism, a religious faith originating in the Punjab. ... This article details the Indian state of Punjab. ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1974 calendar). ... Template:Hide = Motto: Template:Unhide = Pride in our past, Faith in our future Established: 1974 Area: 288. ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ...


Political career

Harinder Takhar was elected to the Ontario Legislature as a Liberal in the 2003 provincial election, and was appointed Minister of Transportation on October 23, 2003, by Premier Dalton McGuinty. He is the first Indo-Canadian to hold a cabinet post in Ontario. The Ontario Legislature Building at Queens Park The Legislative Assembly of Ontario, is the legislature of the Canadian province of Ontario. ... The Ontario Liberal Party is a center-right provincial political party in the province of Ontario, Canada. ... Map of Ontarios ridings and their popular vote for their party elected The Ontario general election of 2003 was held on October 2, 2003, to elect the 103 members of the Legislative Assembly (Members of Provincial Parliament, or MPPs) of the Province of Ontario, Canada. ... Dalton McGuinty The Premier of Ontario is the first minister for the Canadian province of Ontario. ... Dalton James Patrick McGuinty Jr. ...


In June, 2005, Takhar faced criticism after the Toronto Sun caught him visiting his company despite it having been placed in a blind trust when he joined the cabinet. Cabinet ministers are required to keep an arms length relationship with any business they own in order to avoid being placed in a conflict of interest. Premier McGuinty refused to bow to opposition demands for Thakar's resignation but conceded that the minister had shown poor judgement[1]. Thakar insisted he was visiting the company in order to speak with his wife who is the company's CEO. The matter was sent to the province's Integrity Commissioner who issued a decision on January 4, 2006 that Thakar had violated the province's integrity guidelines by failing to maintain an arms-length relationship with the trustee of his blind trust. McGuinty issued a statement following the release of the decision stating he would not be firing Takhar from cabinet. The Toronto Sun is an English language daily newspaper published in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ... A Blind trust is a trust in which the executors or those who have been given power of attorney have full discretion over the assets, and the trust beneficiaries have no knowledge of the holdings of the trust. ... A conflict of interest is a situation in which someone in a position of trust, such as a lawyer, a politician, or an executive or director of a corporation, has competing professional and/or personal interests. ... January 4 is the 4th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Takhar has been unable to secure promised toll reductions on the privately-owned Highway 407. In December 2005, the consortium that operates the highway announced a fare increase effective January 2006. He has won some funding for public transit, and he has identified transit in the Greater Toronto Area as his ministry's key priority. Highway 407, officially called the 407 Express Toll Route (ETR), is a pay-per-use freeway located in south-central Ontario, Canadas Greater Toronto Area. ... A taxi serving as a bus Public transport comprises all transport systems in which the passengers do not travel in their own vehicles. ... The Greater Toronto Area (called the GTA by local residents) is the largest metropolitan area in Canada. ...


Takhar was reassigned to the new position of Minister of Small Business and Entrepreneurship on May 23, 2006.


Business background

Takhar has held leadership positions with several Canadian companies, including AGRA Industries Limited, Linear Technology Inc./Gennum Corporation and Timex Canada Inc. He served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Chalmers Group of Companies until his election to the Ontario Legislature in October, 2003.


In 1995, the Financial Post recognized the company among Canada's top 100 best-managed private companies. In 1999, Chalmers received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, as well as the Award of Excellence from the Mississauga Board of Trade. The National Post is a large Canadian English language national newspaper based in Toronto. ...


Takhar received the 2001 Community Service Award from the Society of Management Accountants of Ontario for "demonstrating selflessness and kindness for the benefit of society."


Takhar holds a Master's degree in economics and political science, and an undergraduate degree in English, economics and political science. Takhar has been designated a Certified Management Accountant and professional administrator. He has also taken a number of leadership courses at the University of Toronto and York University, and taught CMA and CGA accredited courses at Sheridan College for thirteen years. He is also a Fellow of the Society of Management Accountants of Canada.

Provincial Government of Dalton McGuinty
Cabinet Posts (2)
Predecessor Office Successor
Frank Klees Minister of Transportation
(2003-2006)
Donna Cansfield
new post Minister of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (Ontario)
(20052006)
incumbent

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Harinder Takhar - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (542 words)
Harinder Jeet Singh Takhar is a politician in Ontario, Canada.
Takhar was born to a Sikh family in the Indian state of Punjab, with a background in farming and civil service work.
Harinder Takhar was elected to the Ontario Legislature as a Liberal in the 2003 provincial election, and was appointed Minister of Transportation on October 23, 2003, by Premier Dalton McGuinty.
Harinder S. Takhar - definition of Harinder S. Takhar in Encyclopedia (389 words)
Takhar is the first Indo-Canadian to hold a cabinet position in Ontario.
Takhar has served as Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Credit Valley Hospital, was Chair of the Board of Directors of the Peel Region United Way, eliminating the organization's debt, and is a founding member and President of the International Punjabi Chamber of Commerce.
Takhar was elected to the Ontario legislature in the provincial election of 2003, defeating incumbent Progressive Conservative cabinet minister Rob Sampson by 2621 votes in the riding of Mississauga Centre.
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