PRIME Minister Stephen Harper on Wednesday announced the appointment of 12 new parliamentary secretaries to assist ministers with their parliamentary duties.
 
Harper said: “These new parliamentary secretaries will play an important role in helping our Government deliver on its commitments to Canadian taxpayers. Our strengthened team is broad and experienced, and will provide strong, stable government in a time of continuing economic uncertainty.”
 
Harper also announced that 11 parliamentary secretaries have received new assignments.
 
“I look forward to working with the new and returning parliamentary secretaries as our Government continues to focus on the economy, keeping our streets and communities safe, celebrating our history, and promoting Canada’s interests on the world stage,” said Harper.

 

DEEPAK OBHRAI
 
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and for International Human Rights

 

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Deepak Obhrai. MP for Calgary East, was first elected to the House of Commons in 1997 and re-elected in 2000, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2011. He was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs in February 2006 and continues to serve in this role.
 
In addition, he has also served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Cooperation.
He is a past president of the India-Canada Association, the Monterey Community Association and the Hindu Society of Calgary, as well as the Vice-President of the National Indo / Canadian Council.
 
Obhrai and his wife, Neena, have three children.

 

PARM GILL
 
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs

 

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Parm Gill. MP for Brampton-Springdale, was first elected to the House of Commons in 2011.  He was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs in September 2013.
 
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, Family Life Resource Centre, Amar Karma Organ Donation Society, Canadian Cancer Society, and the Canadian Eye Sight International.
 
His Private Member’s Bill C-394 An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the National Defence Act (criminal organization recruitment) became law this year.
 
Gill resides in Brampton with his wife Amarpal, his two sons, Raman and Daman, and his daughter Parmeet.