Navdeep Bains

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The Honourable
Navdeep Bains
ਨਵਦੀਪ ਬੈਂਸ

PC MP CMA
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Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development
Assumed office
November 4, 2015
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
Preceded by James Moore
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Mississauga—Malton
Assumed office
October 19, 2015
Preceded by new riding
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Mississauga—Brampton South
In office
June 28, 2004 – May 2, 2011
Preceded by new riding
Succeeded by Eve Adams
Personal details
Born Navdeep Singh Bains
(1977-06-16) June 16, 1977 (age 39)
Toronto, Ontario
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Brahamjot Bains
Residence Mississauga, Ontario
Profession Certified management accountant, financial analyst
Religion Sikhism

Navdeep Singh Bains (Punjabi: ਨਵਦੀਪ ਸਿੰਘ ਬੈਂਸ, PC MP; born June 16, 1977) is a Canadian politician who is the current Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development. Bains, a Liberal, represents the riding of Mississauga—Malton in the House of Commons after his election in 2015. He previously represented the riding of Mississauga—Brampton South from 2004 to 2011. On November 4, 2015, he was appointed the Minister of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development in the 29th Canadian Ministry, headed by Justin Trudeau.

Early life and career[edit]

Bains was born in Toronto, Ontario on June 16, 1977 to Harminder and Balwinder, entrepreneur Sikh immigrant parents.[1][2]

Bains graduated from Turner Fenton Secondary School in Brampton.[3] After completing high school, Bains attended York University where he received his Bachelor of Administrative Studies.[4] He then went on to finish his Masters in Business Administration from the University of Windsor.[4] He has also received his Certified Management Accounting designation.[2] In 2016, he was awarded the prestigious FCPA designation by CPA Ontario for his “outstanding achievements including community leadership”.[5]

Bains worked as a financial processing analyst at Nike Canada from 2000 to 2001.[6] He also worked for the Ford Motor Company as a revenue and costing analyst from 2000 until 2004.[7]

Political career[edit]

38th Parliament[edit]

In his first election in 2004, Bains won the Liberal nomination for the riding of Mississauga—Brampton South, and won the seat with over 57% of the total vote; beating his next nearest opponent by over 33%, or over 14,000 votes.[8] At that time, Bains was only 26 years old and the youngest Liberal MP in Parliament.[9]

Bains was elected chair of the Subcommittee on Human Rights and International Development of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade in April 2005, and held it until October 7, 2005, when he became Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, which at the time was Paul Martin.[10] As Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, Bains was sworn in as a Privy Councillor, and served until February 5, 2006, the day before the Conservative government of Stephen Harper was sworn in after the 2006 federal election.[2][11]

In October 2005, Bains also became a member of the Red Ribbon Task Force that released a 2006 report on revitalizing the party organization.[12]

In opposition[edit]

In 2006, Bains was re-elected in his riding with just under 54% of the vote.[13]

Also in 2006, Bains co-chaired the Liberal Party of Canada (Ontario)'s annual general meeting Toronto.[14] Because of his position in the Party and the roles he has been given, Bains was seen as a rising star, and had been selected 3 years in a row in the Hill Times survey as the best up and comer.[15]

During the 2006 Liberal leadership convention to replace Paul Martin, Bains threw his support behind Ontario Education Minister Gerard Kennedy, and after Kennedy dropped out before the third ballot, he joined Kennedy in supporting the eventual winner and new party leader, Stéphane Dion.[16]

In the 39th Parliament, Bains held Official Opposition critic portfolios for Public Works and Government Services, the Treasury Board, and International Trade respectively.[2] Bains was also member of the Liberal Caucus Committees for Planning and Priorities, Canada and the World and Economic Prosperity.[17] In January 2007, he was appointed to the National Election Readiness Committee as a Caucus Representative and in March 2007 served as the Youth Liaison to the Young Liberals of Canada.[17]

In January 2009, he was selected by Michael Ignatieff along with Steve MacKinnon to serve as Co-Chairs of the Special Committee on Party Renewal and tasked with heading a consultation process with the party membership on how to strengthen the party.[17][18] In March 2009, Bains was appointed Chair of Platform Development and oversaw the creation of the party’s next electoral platform.[17] As part of his recommendations for party renewal, delegates at the 2009 Liberal leadership election voted to ensure that all future leadership elections would be under a “weighted one member, one vote” system, where each riding has 100 points that are distributed to leadership candidates based on the percentage of votes from party members in that riding.[16]

During the 40th Parliament, Bains held Official Opposition critic portfolios for Natural Resources, Small Business, and Tourism, respectively.[2]

In January 2011, Bains claimed that the Bloc Québecois was using "the politics of fear" and argued against their attempt to ban the ceremonial Sikh kirpan from the parliamentary buildings after an incident in which the Quebec National Assembly denied entry to a group of four kirpan-weaing Sikhs.[19][20]

Out of Parliament[edit]

In the 2011 federal election, Eve Adams, a former Mississauga City Councillor, beat Bains by over 5,000 votes.[21]

Bains was a director of the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation from September 2012 to September 2015.[22] He also served on the Ontario Provincial Board of the Heart and Stroke Foundation, including a stint as Vice Chair starting December 2014.[23] Bains is also on the board of advisors for the Pearson Centre for Progressive Policy.[24]

Bains also entered academia and became an adjunct lecturer in a Master of Public Service program at the University of Waterloo and a distinguished visiting professor at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University, starting in 2013 for a one-year term.[4][25] His teaching contract at Ryerson was extended, and he was still a professor at the time of his re-election in 2015.[26]

Bains was touted as a possible candidate in the 2014 municipal election in Brampton and was included in January 2014 polling alongside candidates like Susan Fennell and John Sanderson in which he finished third among voters polled.[27] Provincial Liberal Linda Jeffrey subsequently ran for mayor and won.[28]

Minister of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development[edit]

Bains meeting with John F. Kelly, the United States Secretary of Homeland Security, in March 2017

Bains was the Ontario co-chair for the federal Liberal campaign, and was returned to the House of Commons in the 2015 federal election in the new riding of Mississauga—Malton.[26][29] On November 4, 2015, he was appointed the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development in Justin Trudeau's cabinet.[30] The next day, Bains announced that the mandatory long form census would be restored for 2016, after it was removed from the 2011 edition under the Harper government.[31] Under Bains’ leadership, the 2016 Census response rate exceeded 98 percent, making it the most successful Census since 1666.[32]

A major focus of Bains’ mandate is to spur innovation and economic development in Canada. Following public consultations across Canada in the summer of 2016, he launched the Inclusive Innovation Agenda. Based on the consultations, the Bains identified three priority areas for Canada’s Innovation Agenda: finding better ways for more Canadians to get the skills the global economy demands (People), harnessing emerging tech that would create industries and jobs that never existed before as well as reinvigorate existing ones (Technology), and encouraging more Canadians to start and grow companies that are competitive in the global economy (Companies).[33][34]

His portfolio also includes responsibility for the six regional development agencies across Canada: Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA); Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED); Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor); Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario); Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario (FedNor); Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD).[35]

In December 2016, he also launched Connect to Innovate, a program that will invest $500 million to bring high-speed Internet to rural and remote communities across Canada.[36]

The Hill Times featured Bains on the cover of their Power & Influence magazine in 2017. Dubbed the ‘Minister of Everything’ in the article, he was ranked 4th most influential, behind only Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Katie Telford, and Gerald Butts.[37]

Legislation:

On September 28, 2016, Bains introduced Bill C-25, An Act to amend the Canada Business Corporations Act, the Canada Cooperatives Act, the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act and the Competition Act. The Bill, if adopted, is intended to promote corporate transparency and increase diversity on corporate boards, in particular, the participation of women on corporate boards as well as on senior management teams.[38]

In 2016, Bains introduced Bill C-11 - An Act to amend the Copyright Act (access to copyrighted works or other subject-matter for persons with disabilities). Consequently, Canada became the key 20th nation to accede to the Marrakesh Treaty, bringing the Treaty into force on September 30, 2016.[39]

Also in 2016, he introduced Bill C-36 to enhance, reinforce, and protect the independence Statistics Canada, fulfilling a campaign promise from the Liberals 2015 election platform.[40][41]

Bains is also the Registrar General of Canada, responsible for registering all letters patent, commissions, instruments, proclamations, and any other documents that may, from time to time, be issued under the Great Seal of Canada or the Privy Seal of Canada.

Personal life[edit]

Bains currently resides in Peel with his wife, Brahamjot, with whom he has two daughters, Nanki Kaur and Kirpa Kaur.[1][3][42]

Electoral results[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2015
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Navdeep Bains 25,915 59.13 +22.34
Conservative Jagdish Grewal[43] 11,582 26.43 -11.01
New Democratic Dianne Douglas 5,391 12.30 -11.13
Green Heather Mercer 731 1.67 -0.36
Independent Naresh Tharani 210 0.48
Total valid votes/Expense limit 100.0     $206,226.64
Total rejected ballots
Turnout
Eligible voters 73,591
Source: Elections Canada[44][45]
Canadian federal election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes %
Conservative Eve Adams 23,632 44.72
Liberal Navdeep Bains 18,579 35.16
New Democratic Jim Glavan 9,465 17.91
Green Benjamin Stone 1,044 1.98
Marxist–Leninist Tim Sullivan 127 0.24
Total valid votes 52,847 100.00
Total rejected ballots 351 0.66
Turnout 53,198 57.27
Eligible voters 92,890
Canadian federal election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Navdeep Bains 21,220 47.69 -6.25 $ 65,107.35
Conservative Salma Ataullahjan 14,664 32.96 +2.21 51,467.58
New Democratic Karan Pandher 5,268 11.84 +0.96 5,832.24
Green Grace Yogaretnam 2,947 6.62 +2.82 5,666.20
Marxist–Leninist Tim Sullivan 395 0.89 +0.26  
Total valid votes/Expense limit 44,494 100.00 -12.31 $ 91,776.94
Total rejected ballots 343 0.76 +0.15
Turnout 44,837 49.39 -10.62
Eligible voters 90,777   +6.71
Canadian federal election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Navdeep Bains 27,370 53.94 -3.22 $ 80,611.34
Conservative Arnjeet Sangha 15,605 30.75 +6.66 58,602.08
New Democratic Nirvan Balkisoon 5,521 10.88 -3.92 9,470.07
Green Grace Yogaretnam 1,927 3.80 +0.28 7,606.18
Marxist–Leninist Tim Sullivan 319 0.63 +0.20  
Total valid votes/Expense limit 50,742 100.00 +17.17 $ 82,924.57
Total rejected ballots 310 0.61 -0.13
Turnout 51,052 60.01 +6.17
Eligible voters 85,068   +4.97
Canadian federal election, 2004
Party Candidate Votes % Expenditures
Liberal Navdeep Bains 24,753 57.16 $ 70,830.08
Conservative Parvinder Sandhu 10,433 24.09 64,050.50
New Democratic Larry Taylor 6,411 14.80 14,516.24
Green Paul Simas 1,525 3.52  
Marxist–Leninist David Gershuny 185 0.43 23.48
Total valid votes/Expense limit 43,307 100.00 $ 78,421.35
Total rejected ballots 321 0.74
Turnout 43,628 53.84
Eligible voters 81,037  

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Taber, Jane (1 December 2006). "Family blocs offer convention support". Globe and Mail. Retrieved 5 November 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "BAINS, The Hon. Navdeep Singh, P.C., B.A., M.B.A., C.M.A.". Library of Parliament. Retrieved 5 November 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Rosella, Louie (4 November 2015). "Mississauga-Malton MP Navdeep Bains named to Trudeau's cabinet". Brampton Guardian. Retrieved 5 November 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c "Navdeep Bains, former MP, joins Ryerson as distinguished visiting professor". Ryerson Today. 16 January 2013. Retrieved 5 November 2015. 
  5. ^ "CPA Ontario honours 59 new Fellows with prestigious FCPA designation". http://www.cpaontario.ca/. November 17, 2016.  External link in |website= (help)
  6. ^ "Mississauga — Brampton South". CBC News. 14 October 2008. Retrieved 5 November 2015. 
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  8. ^ "154 Mississauga-Brampton South". CBC News. 28 June 2004. Retrieved 6 November 2015. 
  9. ^ "GTA MPs form strong presence in Trudeau cabinet". CTV News. 4 November 2015. Retrieved 6 November 2015. 
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  39. ^ "Canada's Accession to Marrakesh Treaty Brings Treaty into Force". June 30, 2016. 
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  43. ^ The Conservative Party dropped Grewal after an editorial he wrote was criticized. His name still appeared on the ballot as Conservative as the withdrawal deadline had passed. Jennifer Ditchburn (6 October 2015). "Tories dump candidate who touts therapies to turn gay youth straight". CBC News. Retrieved 6 October 2015. 
  44. ^ Elections Canada – Confirmed candidates for Mississauga—Malton, 30 September 2015
  45. ^ Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates

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29th Ministry – Cabinet of Justin Trudeau
Cabinet Post (1)
Predecessor Office Successor
James Moore Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development
November 4, 2015-present
Incumbent
Parliament of Canada
New constituency Member of Parliament
for Mississauga—Malton

October 19, 2015–present
Incumbent
New constituency Member of Parliament
for Mississauga—Brampton South

June 28, 2004–May 2, 2011
Succeeded by
Eve Adams