Parm Gill

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This article is about the Member of the Canadian Parliament. For the Member of the British Parliament, see Parmjit Singh Gill.
Parm Gill
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Brampton—Springdale
In office
May 2, 2011 – October 19, 2015
Preceded by Ruby Dhalla
Succeeded by Riding abolished
Personal details
Born (1974-05-17) May 17, 1974 (age 42)
Moga district, Punjab, India[1]
Political party Conservative
Profession Entrepreneur
Religion Sikh

Parm Gill (Punjabi: ਪਰਮ ਗਿੱਲ) (born May 17, 1974) is a Canadian politician, who was formerly an elected member of the Canadian House of Commons, 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. He was defeated in the new riding of Brampton North by Liberal candidate Ruby Sahota in the 2015 federal election.

Early life[edit]

Gill was born in India and moved to Canada at young age. He first ran for public office in 2006.[2][not in citation given] In 2008, he ran a family-owned business in the hospitality sector.[citation needed]

Political career[edit]

After his victory in the 2011 election,[3] Gill introduced a Private Members Bill, C-394,[4] that increased penalties for gang related offenses, that was passed into law.[4]

Gill represented the Minister of Veterans Affairs in the House of Commons as his Parliamentary Secretary.[5] As a Parliamentary Secretary, Gill responded to questions in Question Period when the Minister was away; engaged national medial; and, led the government members on the Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs.[6] Gill was then promoted as Parliamentary Secretary to the senior financial portfolio of International Trade.[7]

Member of Parliament[edit]

In September 2013, Gill was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs.[8] Gill led the Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs to conduct a review of the New Veterans Charter. The report, titled 'New Veterans Charter - A Way Forward', led to significant new investments to Veterans supports and benefits from the Government of Canada.[9] The report made 14 recommendations that called for a monthly financial benefit for injured Veterans after they turn 65; new support for reservists; and increased support for families among other items. The Conservative Government accepted many of the recommendations in the Economic Action Plan 2015. During the Rob Ford cocaine scandal, Gill was one of the few federal politicians to offer support for the embattled mayor, calling him a "great mayor" who was "doing a wonderful job" and that Torontonians were happy with his record.[10] Gill didn't want to use the Mayor's addiction as a political football, and shortly after the Mayor was diagnosed with Cancer [11]

In January 2015, GIll was promoted again as a Parliamentary Secretary to the senior financial portfolio of International Trade.[12] In addition to responding to questions in Question Period and participating on national media panels on Trade policy and politics, Gill traveled to India with a delegation of Canadian-Indo Business Leaders. During the trip, Gill helped launch "Affordable Smartphones in India by Canada’s DataWind.[13]" This Canadian initiative aims to bring low cost smart phones to India, with some units as low as $40(CDN).[14]

In May 2015, Gill was asked by two of his constituents to write letters of support for their application for a community radio station in Brampton.The Federal Ethics Commissioner opened an investigation. The Ethics Commissioner ruled that Gill had acted in good faith.[15]

2015 election[edit]

Shortly before the 2015 federal election, Gill's opponents alleged to the Huffington Post that a member of the Brampton-Springdale Electoral District Association was involved in donation conflict with liberal supporters.[16] This allegation turned out to be false.

Redistribution of federal ridings took place and concluded shortly before the 2015 election. Gill's riding, Brampton-Springdale, was split in two.[17] Gill ran in the new riding, Brampton-North and lost to Liberal candidate, Ruby Sahota.[18]

Personal life[edit]

Gill lives in Brampton with his wife Amarpal, with whom he has two sons, Daman and Raman, and a daughter, Parmeet.[8][not in citation given]

Electoral record[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative (x)Parm Gill 24,617 48.3%
Liberal Ruby Dhalla 14,231 27.9%
New Democratic Manjit Grewal 9,963 19.6%
Green Mark Hoffberg 1,926 3.8%
Communist Liz Rowley 219 0.4%
Total valid votes 50,956 100.0%
Canadian federal election, 2008: Brampton—Springdale
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Ruby Dhalla 18,577 41.03 −6.3 $80,011
Conservative Parm Gill 17,804 39.32 +5.5 $86,444
New Democratic Mani Singh 5,238 11.57 −6.1 $21,152
Green Dave Finlay 3,516 7.76 +3.9 $746
Communist Dimitrios Kabitsis 135 0.29 +0.1 $407
Total valid votes/Expense Limit 45,270 100.0 $87,594
Total rejected ballots 419 0.92
Turnout 45,689 54.24 −7.0
Electors on the lists 84,239
Canadian federal election, 2006: York West
Party Candidate Votes % Expenditures
Liberal Judy Sgro 21,418 63.78 $48,741.93
Conservative Parm Gill 6,244 18.59 $71,005.65
New Democratic Sandra Romano Anthony 4,724 14.07 $8,845.73
Green Nick Capra 1,002 2.98 $1,692.18
     Independent Axcel Cocon 192 0.57 $1,801.61
Total valid votes 33,580 100.00
Total rejected ballots 261
Turnout 33,841 57.90
Electors on the lists 58,450


  1. ^ Chaudhry, Amrita (4 May 2011). "Moga man Gill trumps Ruby Dhalla". Indian Express. Retrieved 4 May 2011. 
  2. ^ 2006 Election: Riding-by-riding: Parm Gil l, CTV, online edition, accessed 22 May 2009.
  3. ^ Grewal, San (2011-05-03). "Hurt by her party's poor support and the "Nanny-Gate" controversy that's followed her for two years, Ruby Dhalla couldn't hang on to her seat as Conservative Parm Gill broke through.". The Toronto Star. ISSN 0319-0781. Retrieved 2016-03-17. 
  4. ^ a b "Bill C-394 (Historical) |". Retrieved 2016-03-17. 
  5. ^ "Parliamentary Secretaries". Retrieved 2016-03-17. 
  6. ^ "The Role of Parliamentary Secretaries (PRB 06-07E)". Retrieved 2016-03-17. 
  7. ^ "Parliamentary Secretaries". Retrieved 2016-03-18. 
  8. ^ a b "PARM GILL". Retrieved 8 October 2015. 
  9. ^ "House of Commons Committees - ACVA (41-2) - Statutory Review of the Enhanced New Veterans Charter Act - Report 3 - Statutory Review of the Enhanced New Veterans Charter Act". Retrieved 2016-03-17. 
  10. ^ Goodman, Lee-Anne (1 November 2013). "Conservative MP Parm Gill: Rob Ford a 'great mayor'". CTV News. The Canadian Press. Retrieved 8 October 2015. 
  11. ^ Dale, Daniel; Moloney, Paul (2014-09-17). "Dr. Zane Cohen, the renowned colorectal surgeon, made the announcement at a news conference at Mount Sinai Hospital on Wednesday.". The Toronto Star. ISSN 0319-0781. Retrieved 2016-03-18. 
  12. ^ "Parm Gill Is Now Parliamentary Secretary To The Minister Of International Trade | Indo-Canadian Voice". Retrieved 2016-03-17. 
  13. ^ "Parliamentary Secretary Gill Marks Launch of Affordable Smartphones in India by Canada's DataWind | Le secrétaire parlementaire Gill souligne le lancement, par le fabricant canadien DataWind, de téléphones intelligents à prix modique en Inde". Flickr - Photo Sharing!. Retrieved 2016-03-18. 
  14. ^ "DataWind plans most affordable smartphone with Reliance Communications | ET Telecom". Retrieved 2016-03-18. 
  15. ^ "Pages-Investigation Reports". Retrieved 2016-03-17. 
  16. ^ Raj, Althia (8 October 2015). "Parm Gill, Conservative Candidate, Investigated By Elections Commissioner". The Huffington Post Canada. Retrieved 8 October 2015. 
  17. ^ "Proposed Boundaries – Ontario - Redistribution Federal Electoral Districts". Retrieved 2016-03-18. 
  18. ^ "Liberal Ruby Sahota wins in Brampton North". Toronto Star. 20 October 2015. Retrieved 18 March 2016. 

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