|Member of the Canadian Parliament
|Preceded by||Ruby Dhalla|
May 17, 1974 |
Moga district, Punjab, India
Parm 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 young age. First ran for public office in 2006. In 2008, he ran a family-owned business in the hospitality sector. He has volunteered with many charitable and community organizations.
First elected to Canadian Parliament on May 2, 2011 as Conservative Member of Parliament for Brampton - Springdale. In September 2013, Gill was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs. He is currently Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade. Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper, the Prime Minister of Canada gave him this new responsibility on 23 January 2015. Mr. Gill has served on the Standing Committees on Canadian Heritage, Health, Procedure and House Affairs, and on Public Safety and National Security. He has been involved in organizations such as the Peel Regional Police, Toys-for-Tots, Champions 4 Change, Salvation Army, Canadian Cancer Society and many other.
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||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||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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