Born in 1947 in Punjab, India, Ujjal Dosanjh immigrated to England at the age of 17, and came to Canada four years later. Dosanjh has a B.A. in political science from Simon Fraser University, and a law degree from UBC. Along the way, he was a millworker and the assistant editor of a Punjabi newspaper.
He established his own law practice in Vancouver in 1979. He has a long track record as a human rights activist. After he spoke out against Sikh extremism and violence in 1985, he was attacked and beaten with an iron bar in the parking lot outside his law office. His injuries were serious — requiring 80 stitches. He became the premier of British Columbia on 21st February, 2000, Canada’s first Indo-Canadian provincial leader. He was elected as MP from 2004 to 2011 in Vancouver South riding and had been the Minister of Health from 2004 to 2006.