Parm Gill (born May 17, 1974) is a Canadian politician. He has represented the riding of Milton in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario since 2018 and has served as the Ontario Minister for Citizenship and Multiculturalism since June 18, 2021.
|Minister of Citizenship and Multiculturalism|
|Assumed office |
June 18, 2021
|Preceded by||Laura Albanese (2018)|
|Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing (Housing)|
June 26, 2019 – June 18, 2021
|Succeeded by||To be announced|
|Member of the Ontario Provincial Parliament|
|Assumed office |
June 7, 2018
|Preceded by||Indira Naidoo-Harris|
|Member of Parliament|
May 2, 2011 – August 4, 2015
|Preceded by||Ruby Dhalla|
|Succeeded by||Constituency abolished|
May 17, 1974
Moga district, Punjab, India
As a member of the Conservative Party, he represented the riding of Brampton—Springdale in Ontario in the House of Commons of Canada from 2011 to 2015, holding roles as parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs and the Minister of International Trade from 2013 until his defeat in the 2015 federal election.
He was elected to the provincial legislature, representing Milton for the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario, in the 2018 provincial election. In 2021, he was elevated to the Cabinet as the Minister for Citizenship and Multiculturalism, a position unfilled since 2018.
He moved to Canada at a young age. Before politics, he was an entrepreneur and business executive. He worked on his family's businesses, which include a furniture manufacturing factory and some restaurants that he ran with his older brother.
According to Gill, he had become involved in federal politics because the thought of Canada legalizing same-sex marriage "pushed him over the edge." In the 2006 federal election, Gill ran in York West, and lost to Liberal MP Judy Sgro by over 15000 votes. In the 2008 federal election, Gill ran in Brampton—Springdale against incumbent Ruby Dhalla, but was narrowly defeated by 773 votes. The election campaign between the two were heated, and during an all-candidates' debate, Dhalla brought up how Gill's brother had been charged with vandalizing her campaign signs in 2006, even though the charges were dropped, and Gill attacked Dhalla for failing to do enough for a boy beaten by police in India after stealing her aide's purse.
In October 2011, Gill gave a rare mention of the Indian sport of kabaddi in a member's statement supporting the Canadian men's team participating in the upcoming World's Cup in India. Gill and fellow Conservative MP Tim Uppal would later watch the Canadian men upset the Pakistani team in the semifinals.
After witnessing increased gang activity in his riding, Gill toured Western Canadian cities in December 2011 to speak with police and community organizations to see how this could be stopped. In May 2012, Gill introduced a private members bill, C-394, which made it a crime to target someone for recruitment into a gang. It was eventually passed into law in June 2014.
In September 2013, Gill was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs. During Rob Ford's drug 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" in November 2013, and claimed that Torontonians were happy with his record.
In January 2015, Gill was appointed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper to the role of a Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade. In May 2015, Gill wrote letters of support to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) for two of his constituents' competing applications for a community radio station in Brampton. The Conflict of Interest Act bars parliamentary secretaries from writing such letters to the CRTC and other administrative tribunals, and in October 2013, ethics commissioner Mary Dawson had issued a directive to that effect. The Ethics Commissioner ruled in February 2016 that although he had acted in good faith, Gill had violated the Conflict of Interest Act.
Redistribution of federal ridings took place and concluded shortly before the 2015 federal election. Gill's riding, Brampton-Springdale, was eliminated, and he ran in the new riding of Brampton North.
In August 2015, 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 without their consent. In October 2015, a week and a half before voting day, it was reported that the commissioner of Elections Canada launched an investigation into these claims.
During the election, Gill criticized the provincial Ontario Liberal Party and Premier Kathleen Wynne's proposed updates to the sexual education curriculum, which had not been changed since 1998. The changes included teaching that homosexuality was acceptable in Grade 3, teaching about puberty in Grade 4 as opposed to Grade 5, and teaching about masturbation and gender expression in Grade 6. Gill described the changes as "graphic and explicit" in a taxpayer-funded mailout which conflated the provincial party's education policies with those of separate federal Liberal party, which has no constitutional jurisdiction in the field. In the mailout, Gill also said that it was part of a Liberal attack on family values and parent's right to control the education of their children. In a 2015 video with the Punjabi Post, Gill described some segments of the new education curriculum as "disgusting."
On October 29, 2016, Gill announced that he would seek the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario nomination in Milton for the 42nd Ontario general election. On June 18, 2017, he won the nomination. In June 2017, then Progressive Conservative leader Patrick Brown said that Gill's position on gay rights had shifted, and he was now "100 per cent" in favour of gay rights.
|2018 Ontario general election: Milton|
|Progressive Conservative||Parm Gill||18,249||41.67|
|New Democratic||Brendan Smyth||9,740||22.24|
|Social Reform||Enam Ahmed||170||0.39|
|Total valid votes||43,789||99.09|
|Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots||403||0.91|
|Source: Elections Ontario|
|2015 Canadian federal election: Brampton North|
|New Democratic||Martin Singh||7,946||16.50||-2.34||$78,854.84|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||48,166||100.00||$206,076.29|
|Total rejected ballots||318||0.66||–|
|Liberal notional gain from Conservative||Swing||+18.05|
|Source: Elections Canada|
|2011 Canadian federal election|
|New Democratic||Manjit Grewal||9,963||19.6%||–||–|
|Total valid votes||50,956||100.0%||–|
|2008 Canadian federal election: 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|
|2006 Canadian federal election: 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|
- Chaudhry, Amrita (4 May 2011). "Moga man Gill trumps Ruby Dhalla". Indian Express. Retrieved 4 May 2011.
- "Parm Gill". lop.parl.ca. Library of Parliament. Retrieved 31 January 2018.
- Grewal, San (3 May 2011). "Conservative Parm Gill defeats Ruby Dhalla in Brampton-Springdale". The Toronto Star. ISSN 0319-0781. Retrieved 31 January 2018.
- Ferguson, Rob (19 June 2017). "Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown says newest candidate Parm Gill now supports gay rights, despite past comments". The Toronto Star. ISSN 0319-0781. Retrieved 31 January 2018.
- "York West". CBC.ca. Retrieved 31 January 2018.
- Boyle, Theresa (15 October 2008). "Bitter battle between Dhalla and Gill". The Toronto Star. ISSN 0319-0781. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
- Friesen, Joe (1 December 2011). "Courting kabaddi, politicians play a dangerous game". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 3 February 2018.
- McKnight, Zoe (4 May 2012). "Ontario MP's gang recruitment bill finding support". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 3 February 2018.
- Kaplan, Ben (5 May 2012). "Erasing signs of gang life". National Post. Retrieved 3 February 2018.
- "Bills that became law so far in this session of Parliament". CBC News. 19 June 2014. Retrieved 3 February 2018.
- "LEGISinfo - Private Member's Bill C-394 (41-2)". www.parl.ca. Retrieved 3 February 2018.
- Goodman, Lee-Anne (1 November 2013). "Conservative MP Parm Gill: Rob Ford a 'great mayor'". CTV News. The Canadian Press. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
- "Parm Gill Is Now Parliamentary Secretary To The Minister Of International Trade | Indo-Canadian Voice". www.voiceonline.com. Retrieved 17 March 2016.
- Bronskill, Jim (8 October 2015). "Tory candidate subject of ethics probe after lobbying CRTC for radio licences". CBC News. The Canadian Press. Retrieved 24 November 2016.
- Bronskill, Jim (25 August 2016). "Ethics commissioner says Liberal MP's CRTC letter was improper". iPolitics. The Canadian Press. Retrieved 24 November 2016.
- Dawson, Mary (24 February 2016). "The Gill Report" (PDF). Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner. Retrieved 24 November 2016.
- "Proposed Boundaries – Ontario - Redistribution Federal Electoral Districts". www.redecoupage-federal-redistribution.ca. Retrieved 18 March 2016.
- Grewal, San (20 October 2015). "Liberal Ruby Sahota wins in Brampton North". Toronto Star. Retrieved 31 January 2018.
- Raj, Althia (26 August 2015). "Parm Gill Tory Donation Shows Up On Liberal Supporter's Credit Card". HuffPost Canada. Retrieved 31 January 2018.
- Raj, Althia (8 October 2015). "Parm Gill, Conservative Candidate, Investigated By Elections Commissioner". The Huffington Post Canada. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
- Ross, Selena (9 September 2015). "Ontario's new sex-ed curriculum threatens to become federal election issue". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 3 February 2018.
- Maloney, Ryan (15 April 2015). "Parm Gill's Mailout On Ontario Sex Ed Curriculum Links Policy To Federal Liberals". HuffPost Canada. Retrieved 3 February 2018.
- "Gill wins provincial PC nomination in Milton". Inside Halton. 19 June 2017. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
- Peesker, Saira (8 June 2018). "PC Parm Gill takes Milton in decisive victory". InsideHalton.com. Retrieved 26 June 2018.
- "PARM GILL". Retrieved 8 October 2015.
- "Summary of Valid Votes Cast for each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. p. 6. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
- Elections Canada – Confirmed candidates for Brampton North, 30 September 2015
- Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates