Kamal Khera

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Kamal Khera
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Minister of Seniors
Assumed office
October 26, 2021
Prime MinisterJustin Trudeau
Preceded byDeb Schulte
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Development
In office
August 31, 2018 – January 31, 2021
MinisterKarina Gould
Preceded byCelina Caesar-Chavannes
Succeeded byVacant
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Revenue
In office
January 30, 2017 – August 31, 2018
MinisterDiane Lebouthillier
Preceded byEmmanuel Dubourg
Succeeded byDeb Schulte
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health
In office
December 2, 2015 – January 27, 2017
MinisterJane Philpott
Preceded byCathy McLeod
Succeeded byDarren Fisher
Member of Parliament
for Brampton West
Assumed office
October 19, 2015
Preceded byKyle Seeback
Personal details
Born (1989-02-04) February 4, 1989 (age 34)[1]
Delhi, India
Political partyLiberal
Residence(s)Brampton, Ontario
Alma materYork University (BSN)
Occupation
  • Registered nurse
  • politician

Kamalpreet Khera PC MP (born February 4, 1989) is a Canadian politician who has been the minister of seniors since October 26, 2021.[2] A member of the Liberal Party, Khera was elected to represent the riding of Brampton West in the House of Commons following the 2015 federal election.

Career[edit]

Kamal Khera is a registered nurse. She attended York University where she earned an Honours Bachelors of Science in Nursing. Prior to politics, she worked as a registered nurse in the oncology unit at St. Joseph’s Health Centre Toronto.[3]

Federal politics[edit]

Khera was nominated as the Liberal Party's candidate in Brampton West in December 2014, and won the seat in the federal election in the following October.[4][5][6] When first elected in 2015, Khera was the youngest Liberal MP in the House, and the second-youngest overall behind the NDP's Pierre-Luc Dusseault.[7] She was re-elected in the 2019 federal election,[8] and in 2021.

Parliamentary Secretary

On December 2, 2015, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appointed Khera as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health, then as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Revenue (January 2017 – August 2018) and from August 2018 to January 2021, Khera served as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Development.[9]

Khera stepped down from her role as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Development in January 2021, after having travelled to Seattle in December for a memorial service for her uncle despite the border between the United States and Canada being closed to all nonessential travel at the time due to the coronavirus pandemic.[10]

On September 20, 2021, Khera was re-elected as the Member of Parliament for the riding of Brampton West.

On October 26, 2021, Khera was promoted to the position of Minister of Seniors in Justin Trudeau's cabinet, succeeding Deb Schulte, the outgoing Minister of Seniors who lost re-election in the riding of King-Vaughan. She is amongst the youngest members of the cabinet and the Privy Council of Canada.[11]

Electoral record[edit]

2019 Canadian federal election: Brampton West
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Kamal Khera 28,743 53.5 -2.39 $109,585.64
Conservative Murarilal Thapliyal 12,824 23.9 -6.21 $110,270.48
New Democratic Navjit Kaur 9,855 18.4 +5.96 $74,444.87
Green Jane Davidson 1,271 2.4 +0.85 $683.08
People's Roger Sampson 505 0.9 $3,955.00
Christian Heritage Paul Tannahill 319 0.6 none listed
Communist Harinderpal Hundal 97 0.2 $476.56
Canada's Fourth Front Anjum Malik 69 0.1 $0.00
Total valid votes/expense limit 53,683 100.0
Total rejected ballots 735
Turnout 54,418 62.6
Eligible voters 86,912
Liberal hold Swing +1.91
Source: Elections Canada[12][13]
2015 Canadian federal election: Brampton West
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Kamal Khera 24,256 55.89 +19.81 $186,667.41
Conservative Ninder Thind 13,068 30.11 -11.90 $179,464.92
New Democratic Adaoma Patterson 5,400 12.44 -7.18 $29,137.39
Green Karthika Gobinath 674 1.55 -0.02 $702.19
Total valid votes/expense limit 43,398 100.00   $203,918.62
Total rejected ballots 245 0.56
Turnout 43,643 61.70
Eligible voters 70,734
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing +15.86
Source: Elections Canada[14][15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "David Akin 🇨🇦 on Twitter: "Happy 30th birthday to Brampton West MP @KamalKheraLib 1"". twitter.com. Twitter. February 4, 2019. Retrieved February 12, 2019.
  2. ^ "The Honourable Kamal Khera". Prime Minister of Canada. 2021-10-23. Retrieved 2021-10-27.
  3. ^ "Kamal Khera". Prime Minister of Canada. 2015-12-02. Retrieved 2021-03-01.
  4. ^ Liberals find candidate in Brampton West for next federal election, The Brampton Guardian, December 10, 2014.
  5. ^ Liberal Kamal Khera wins Brampton West, The Brampton Guardian, October 20, 2015.
  6. ^ "19 Indian-Canadians elected to Canadian parliament". The Economic Times. 20 October 2015. Retrieved 20 October 2015.
  7. ^ John Paul Tasker, Meet the Class of 2015: Notable Rookies headed to Parliament Hill, CBC.ca, October 22, 2015.
  8. ^ Gamrot, Sabrina (21 October 2019). "Brampton West re-elects Liberal Kamal Khera". The Brampton Guardian. Brampton ON: Metroland Media Group. Retrieved 7 January 2021.
  9. ^ She was later appointment parliamentary secretary to the Minister of National Revenue (2016-2018) and in September 2018,she was appointed parliamentary secretary to the minister of International Development.[1]
  10. ^ DeClerq, Katherine (3 January 2021). "Brampton West MP to step aside from parliamentary role after travelling to U.S. for memorial". CTV News. Toronto ON. Retrieved 3 January 2021.
  11. ^ "The Honourable Kamal Khera". Prime Minister of Canada. 2021-10-23. Retrieved 2021-10-27.
  12. ^ "List of confirmed candidates". Elections Canada. Retrieved October 4, 2019.
  13. ^ "Election Night Results". Elections Canada. Retrieved November 3, 2019.
  14. ^ Elections Canada – Confirmed candidates for Brampton West, 30 September 2015
  15. ^ Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine

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