A former federal Conservative cabinet minister from Alberta is back in the political game, hoping to take down the Liberal minister in charge of the nation’s energy industry, in the heart of the country’s oil patch.
Tim Uppal, who served as a minister of state in Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s cabinet for almost four years, is nominated to run again in Edmonton Mill Woods, a riding Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi nabbed from him in 2015 by just 92 votes.
With the issues facing Alberta’s economy, including a lack of pipeline capacity and low oil prices, Uppal said he felt drawn to jump back in.
“I’ve started to get excited about politics again,” said Uppal, 44. “There’s just a lot that needs to be done and I want to be part of that.”