Parm Gill

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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 43)
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, that increased penalties for gang related offenses, that was passed into law.[4]

Member of Parliament[edit]

In September 2013, Gill was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs.[5][6] Through that role, Gill served on the Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs, which released a report titled "New Veterans Charter - A Way Forward".[7] The report made fourteen 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.[citation needed] The Conservative Government accepted many of the recommendations in the Economic Action Plan 2015.[citation needed]

During Rob Ford's 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 claimed that Torontonians were happy with his record.[8]

In January 2015, GIll was given the role of a Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade.[9]

In May 2015, Gill wrote letters of support to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission for two of his constituents' competing applications for a community radio station in Brampton. The Federal Ethics Commissioner opened an investigation because the Conflict of Interest Act bars parliamentary secretaries from writing such letters to the CRTC.[10] The Ethics Commissioner ruled in February 2016 that although he had acted in good faith, Gill had violated the Conflict of Interest Act.[11][12]

2015 election[edit]

Shortly before the 2015 federal election, the Huffington Post reported that a supporter of Gill's who previously bundled donations to Liberal MP Jim Karygiannis, had switched his allegiance and had induced Liberal supporters into donating to Gill. The commissioner of Elections Canada launched an investigation into these claims.[13]

Redistribution of federal ridings took place and concluded shortly before the 2015 election. Gill's riding, Brampton-Springdale, was split in two.[14] Gill ran in the new riding, Brampton-North and lost to Liberal candidate, Ruby Sahota.[15]

Provincial politics[edit]

On October 29, 2016, Gill announced that he would seek the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario nomination in Milton.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Gill lives in Brampton with his wife Amarpal, with whom he has two sons, Daman and Raman, and a daughter, Parmeet.[6][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

References[edit]

  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. ^ "Bill C-394 (Historical) | openparliament.ca". openparliament.ca. Retrieved 2016-03-17. 
  5. ^ "Parliamentary Secretaries". Retrieved 2016-03-17. 
  6. ^ a b "PARM GILL". Retrieved 8 October 2015. 
  7. ^ "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". www.parl.gc.ca. Retrieved 2016-03-17. 
  8. ^ Goodman, Lee-Anne (1 November 2013). "Conservative MP Parm Gill: Rob Ford a 'great mayor'". CTV News. The Canadian Press. Retrieved 8 October 2015. 
  9. ^ "Parm Gill Is Now Parliamentary Secretary To The Minister Of International Trade | Indo-Canadian Voice". www.voiceonline.com. Retrieved 2016-03-17. 
  10. ^ Bronskill, Jim (October 8, 2015). "Tory candidate subject of ethics probe after lobbying CRTC for radio licences". CBC News. The Canadian Press. Retrieved November 24, 2016. 
  11. ^ Bronskill, Jim (August 25, 2016). "Ethics commissioner says Liberal MP's CRTC letter was improper". iPolitics. The Canadian Press. Retrieved November 24, 2016. 
  12. ^ Dawson, Mary (February 24, 2016). "The Gill Report" (PDF). Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner. Retrieved November 24, 2016. 
  13. ^ Raj, Althia (8 October 2015). "Parm Gill, Conservative Candidate, Investigated By Elections Commissioner". The Huffington Post Canada. Retrieved 8 October 2015. 
  14. ^ "Proposed Boundaries – Ontario - Redistribution Federal Electoral Districts". www.redecoupage-federal-redistribution.ca. Retrieved 2016-03-18. 
  15. ^ "Liberal Ruby Sahota wins in Brampton North". Toronto Star. 20 October 2015. Retrieved 18 March 2016. 
  16. ^ https://www.facebook.com/MPParmGill/posts/1162254647223769

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