- Minister of Housing and Community Development
- First elected in 2007
- Longtime resident of The Maples and committed activist for immigration and the recognition of foreign credentials
Mohinder Saran is a well-known community activist who was elected to represent the people of The Maples in the provincial election of 2007 and was re-elected in 2011. In 2009 he became a Legislative Assistant responsible for the premier’s office and the Deputy Chairperson of the Committees of the Whole House. He was first appointed to cabinet on April 29, 2015 to serve as the Minister of Housing and Community Development.
The former Chief Power Engineer for Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation at Red River College, Mohinder was also a member of the Power Engineering Advisory Committee, as well as the former president of the Sikh Society of Manitoba and helped establish the first Gurdwara in the province. Further, he is a former director and vice-president of the India Association, and was active in Folklorama during that time.
Mohinder was born in a small village in the Punjab (India) and first moved to Canada in 1970 where he resided in the province of British Columbia. Moving to Manitoba in 1971 in order to take advantage of the economic opportunities offered in his new home, Mohinder has been a long term resident of The Maples where he lives with his wife Kuldip and where they raised three children.
Living in The Maples for the last thirty years, Mohinder is acutely aware of the issues of top concern to his constituents. As such, he is committed to keeping health care a top priority and building on improvements to our health care system, such as the $14 million redevelopment of Seven Oaks Hospital which has increased emergency room space and other patient services. Ensuring that construction on the Access Northwest health centre is completed has also been a priority.
Mohinder is deeply committed to issues concerned with immigration and the recognition of foreign credentials. Over the years his office has assisted hundreds of people and their families through the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP). In 2010 the Legislative Assembly passed his resolution encouraging the Federal Government to recognize the MPNP and to remove the cap on nominees. He has also worked with the Government of Manitoba to remove restrictive conditions for people from skilled professions applying to the MPNP.
Mohinder’s work in the community includes securing funding for recreation activities at Maples Collegiate and the Maples Community Centre, as well as encouraging the Manitoba government to implement a fitness tax credit for young people. He also worked with the community to approve a new elementary school with daycare in Amber Trails, due to open in September 2013.
With his background and life experiences, Mohinder is well positioned to serve as an able representative for The Maples.