Wallace Oppal, Q.C. (born 1940 in Vancouver, British
Columbia) is a
Canadian lawyer, former judge and provincial politician, who was
first elected to the Legislative
Assembly of British Columbia in 2005 as a BC Liberal
MLA for Vancouver-Fraserview.
Born in the Fraserview precinct of south Vancouver, Oppal is a
graduate of the University of
British Columbia law school
and operated his own law practice
before going to the Bench. He was appointed to the County Court of
Vancouver in 1981 and to the Supreme Court of British
in 1985. In 2003, he was appointed to the British Columbia Court of
where he served until he resigned to seek election to
the provincial legislature. He is the second Indo-Canadian
Attorney-General of British
Oppal served in the provincial cabinet as Attorney General of British
and Minister responsible for Multiculturalism. He is
also known as the author of the report of the Independent
Commission of Inquiry into Policing in British Columbia (the Oppal
Oppal announced in March 2007 that he was undergoing treatment for
. By the end of the
month, his doctor declared Oppal cancer free.
For the 2009
, Oppal switched to the riding of Delta South
. In initial results on election
night, Oppal led in Delta South by a margin of just two votes over
independent candidate Vicki
. On May 26, 2009, a recount revealed that Huntington
had defeated Oppal by 32 votes. A judicial recount on June 2
confirmed Huntington's victory.
- "B.C. attorney general to be treated for prostate
cancer". cbc.ca, March
- "Oppal clinging to a two-vote lead".
The Globe and Mail, May 13,
- "Huntington defeats Oppal in B.C. election
recount". cbc.ca, May
- "Huntington win over Oppal upheld by judicial
recount". Vancouver Sun, June 2, 2009.