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Manmeet Bhullar state memorial service to be held Sunday in Calgary

After several days of emotional tributes to the popular Calgary MLA, Manmeet Bhullar will receive a state memorial service in Calgary on Sunday. Bhullar died while trying to help another motorist on a snowy highway.

Following tearful tributes across political spectrum, popular Calgary MLA to receive state memorial service

Manmeet Bhullar's state memorial service will be open to the public Sunday in Calgary. (CBC)

After several days of emotional tributes to the popular Calgary MLA, Manmeet Bhullar will receive a state memorial service in Calgary on Sunday.

Bhullar, 35, was killed Monday afternoon after he got out of his car in an attempt to aid another motorist on a snowy highway.  

RCMP said a vehicle skidded off the Queen Elizabeth II Highway north of Red Deer and rolled onto the median. Bhullar was one of two motorists who tried to help. 

A semi-truck on the same stretch of highway lost control, hitting one of the parked vehicles and careening into the median. Bhullar was struck as he was walked between his vehicle and the rollover.

He was rushed to hospital, but later died. No one else was hurt in the incident.

The Progressive Conservative MLA for Calgary-Greenway will be memorialized Sunday at the Jubilee Auditorium.

A viewing begins at 9 a.m. and the service, which is open to the public, starts at noon.

Conservative MLAs gather around a flag and flowers set on Manmeet Bhullar's desk at the Alberta Legislature. The 35-year-old, who had represented Calgary-Greenway, once served as infrastructure minister under former premier Jim Prentice and was human services minister and Service Alberta minister in the Alison Redford government. (Jason Franson/Canadian Press)
Conservative MLA Rick Fraser breaks down as Manmeet Bhullar was mourned by his colleagues on Wednesday. Many said they would remember the big man with the big heart, and his sincerity to public service. (Jason Franson/Canadian Press)
Premier Rachel Notley shakes hands with Conservative MLA Ric McIver during the tribute to Manmeet Bhullar. She said she was 'deeply saddened' by the loss of an effective voice in the Alberta Legislature. (Jason Franson/Canadian Press)
Conservative MLA Michael Ellis wipes away tears during the tribute to Manmeet Bhullar on Wednesday. Bhullar's family issued a written statement following his death saying he "left us while he was doing what he loved more than anything — helping someone else." (Jason Franson/Canadian Press)

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