Ujjal Dosanjh was born and raised in India. He
emigrated to England at the age of 17 and, four years later, to Canada. He obtained
a Bachelor of Arts from Simon Fraser University followed by a law degree from the
University of British Columbia. He has been a long time human rights and community
Ujjal was first elected a Member of the Legislative
Assembly for Vancouver-Kensington in the 1991 provincial general election and re-elected
in 1996. Prior to being a Cabinet Minister, he twice served as Caucus Chair and
served on many Parliamentary committees. He was first appointed Attorney General in
August 1995, and before that served as Minister of Government Services and Minister
Responsible for Multiculturalism, Human Rights and Immigration.
Some of the Attorney General's responsibilities include criminal
prosecution, providing legal advice to the provincial government and its agencies and
administration of the province's court system. As well, he is the minister
responsible for the Police Act, a variety of community justice programs, corrections
programs (including provincial jails), and the Coroner's office.
Ujjal is also responsible for a wide range of multicultural programs
and the province's independent Human Rights Commission. The regulation of liquor
comes under his ministry, as well as the investigation of complaints about consumer
transactions, and the Provincial Emergency Program, which organizes responses to natural
disasters in the province.