|Member of the Canadian Parliament
|Preceded by||Ruby Dhalla|
May 17, 1974 |
Puranewala, near Moga district, Punjab, India
Paramjit Gill (born May 17, 1974) is an elected member of the Canadian Parliament, representing the riding of Brampton—Springdale in Ontario. He is a member of the Conservative Party. In the 2011 election, he defeated Liberal incumbent Ruby Dhalla.
Gill was born in India and moved to Canada at age fourteen. He has a diploma in Private Investigation and was the senior vice-president of Paramount Manufacturing during his first run for public office in 2006. In 2008, he ran a family-owned business in the hospitality sector. He has volunteered with the Malaysian Singapore Cultural Association and the Peel Regional Police.
Shortly after his narrow defeat to Dhalla in the 2008 election, Gill accompanied Immigration Minister Jason Kenney on a trip to India. While in Punjab, he told reporters that the Conservatives would reduce the immigration rejection rate for Punjabi youths. Some speculated that this announcement had less to do with promoting skilled immigration than with garnering political support from Punjabi-Canadians, who often solicit assistance from their Members of Parliament with issues related to their relatives' Canadian visa applications. During the 2011 election, Gill was accused by Dhalla, who was struggling to recover from her "nannygate" scandal, of exploiting his special relationship with the immigration minister to expedite visa applications for her constituents to win votes. He would go on to defeat her on election night.
Regarding the justice system, Gill has said "The system of justice in Canada is lenient and it is like a revolving door, where criminals enter from one side and move out from the other. The judicial system needs to be toughened."
|Canadian federal election, 2011|
|New Democratic||Manjit Grewal||9,963||19.6%||–||–|
|Total valid votes||50,956||100.0%||–|
|Canadian federal election, 2008: Brampton—Springdale|
|New Democratic Party||Mani Singh||5,238||11.57||-6.1||$21,152|
|Total valid votes/Expense Limit||45,270||100.0||–||$87,594|
|Total rejected ballots||419||0.92|
|Electors on the lists||84,239|
|Canadian federal election, 2006: York West|
|New Democratic Party||Sandra Romano Anthony||4,724||14.07||$8,845.73|
|Total valid votes||33,580||100.00|
|Total rejected ballots||261|
|Electors on the lists||58,450|
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- Parlement du Canada page d'accueil officiel de Parm Gill
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