Party Caucuses Archives: Greater Toronto Area Caucus
Mike is a graduate of the University of Guelph, majoring in Economics and Political Science. He moved to Burlington with his wife Caroline in 1987 and they have two daughters, Ashley and Lindsay. Mike was elected to Burlington City Council in 1994 and re-elected in 1997, 2000 and 2003, building a reputation for hard work, straight talk and dedication.
While on Council he worked hard to develop the Paletta Lakefront Park, the Appleby Ice Centre, bring a multi-level parking facility to downtown and to lay the groundwork for a Performing Arts Centre for Burlington – a project that he is still passionate about today. He is a community volunteer and has participated on numerous local and regional boards and committees. Personally, Mike is very much interested in the environment, specifically clean water and clean air.
Mike was nominated as the candidate for the newly-formed Conservative Party for the 2004 federal election running against a long-time Liberal incumbent. In the 2006 federal election Wallace defeated the incumbent and now represents Burlington in the House of Commons. Mike was re-elected again in 2008 and 2011.
On May 2011, Hon. Bal Gosal was elected to the House of Commons as the Member of Parliament for Bramalea- Gore- Malton and appointed as a Minister of State (Sport).
Minister Gosal moved to Canada in 1981 initially residing in British Columbia. In 1983, Minister Gosal and his wife Pawanjit moved to Brampton where they have raised their three children born in Brampton Jasmin, Sanjot, and Priya.
Minister Gosal has made significant contributions to the community in Brampton both as a soccer dad and through his community involvement. His widespread involvement includes the Peel Region Police Services Board, the Ontario Film Review Board, Brampton Board of Trade Marketing Committee, Peel Children’s Aid Society Board of Directors, William Osler Hospital foundation South Asian Round Table, Safe City Association Board, and City of Brampton Property Standards Committee.
Minister Gosal has served as the Treasurer and founding member of the Ontario Federation of Sports and Cultural Organization. He was also a Director, past Secretary, and Treasurer of the Ontario Khalsa Darbar Sports and Cultural Centre. In addition, Minister Gosal volunteered at the Brampton YMCA, acting as a director of Regional Council, and involved in the creation of the new Brampton YMCA building.
Minister Gosal has a Bachelor of Science degree and a Stationary Engineer 4th class Certificate. In 1984, he joined McDonnell Douglas Canada. In 1994, he joined Prudential Insurance as a financial advisor, which later became London Life. In 2004, he became associated with Goodison Insurance and Financial Services in downtown Brampton and in 2008 he became associated with Rai Grant insurance brokers as he built a successful business in the Brampton community as an Insurance Broker and a Financial Security Advisor.
As a Minister of State for Sport, Gosal helped promote, and advance the mission of Sport Canada, which is to enhance opportunities for all Canadians to participate and excel in sport. He did so by developing federal sport policy in Canada, providing funding programs in support of sport, and by working together with partners to advance sport initiatives. The Government of Canada is the single largest contributor to sport in Canada, and is committed to promoting a culture of sport and physical activity
Minister Gosal has supported our athletes during the 2011 Pan and Parapan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games in addition to numerous national and international sport events hosted in Canada.
In 2015, Canada will welcome the Americas for the Pan and Parapan American Games in Toronto. To ensure these Games are a success, the Harper Government will make a significant investment in sport capital projects. In addition to giving our athletes the opportunity to compete in state-of-the-art facilities, this investment will leave a lasting sport legacy for Canadians for years to come, while bringing economic prosperity throughout the Greater Toronto Area.
Minister Gosal’s involvement in the Brampton community reflects his philosophy and belief of giving back to the community by increasing public safety, creating a secure community for our children, lowering taxes for our hard working families, and working towards a strong health care system. This continues to be his philosophy as the Member of Parliament for Bramalea-Gore-Malton. As Minister of State for sport he recognizes that promoting sport and other types of physical activity are good for the mind, the body, the soul, and that an active lifestyle leads to longer, healthier and happier lives.
Gary Goodyear was first elected to the House of Commons in 2004 and was re-elected in 2006, 2008 and 2011. He served as Minister of State for Science and Technology from 2008 to 2013. In August 2009, he was named Minister of State responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) by Prime Minister Stephen Harper. He was re-appointed to FedDev Ontario in 2011 and again in 2013.
Prior to entering federal politics, he practiced chiropractic medicine and worked as an advisor to investment firms in the biomedical industry.
A former Public Relations Director and Past President of the College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences in Toronto, Dr. Goodyear taught at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College and the University of Waterloo. He was co-designer of a three-year post-graduate sports fellowship program and co-author of “Practice Guidelines.” He has worked with many athletes, both amateur and professional, and served as medical services chair of the Ontario Special Olympics.
Dr. Goodyear attended the University of Waterloo, specializing in kinesiology and psychology, before graduating from Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. He worked his way through university as a meat packer and labourer.
A native of Cambridge, Ontario he is married to Valerie and they have two children. He enjoys scuba diving, writing and rebuilding motorcycles.
Parm Gill immigrated to Canada at a young age with his family, and resides in Brampton with his wife Amarpal, his two sons, Raman and Daman, and his daughter Parmeet. After completing his studies Parm became involved in a family business. He was first elected to the House of Commons in May 2011 and was appointed Parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs in September 2013. Parm has served on a number of Standing Committees including Canadian Heritage, Public Safety and National Security, Health, and Procedure and House Affairs.
The safety and security of our most vulnerable citizens is a priority for Parm. For this reason, in February of 2012, Parm introduced his Private Members Bill, Bill C-394, entitled: An Act to Amend the Criminal Code and National Defence Act (Criminal Organization Recruitment). This Bill received full support from the Conservative Government. Bill C-394 passed the House of Commons on May 1st, 2013. The aim of the Bill is to protect our youth from being targeted by gangs, and making our streets, communities and neighbourhoods safer by providing our law enforcement officers and justice officials with additional tools to address the growing concern of gang recruitment head-on.
Parm believes in making our community safer for our children, respecting taxpayers, keeping our government transparent and continuing to make our economy one of the strongest and most stable in the world. Parm continues to be one of the hardest working individuals in politics, striving to contribute to a community and a country that respects the rule of law, economic strength, equality for all, and support for new Canadians. Parm makes it a priority to establish strong ties with all parts of his community through outreach initiatives – striving to be the best representative for the community as a whole and working to resolve the issues that affect Canadians. Parm believes he has a duty to provide the best results for each constituent he represents.
Parm has been heavily involved in our community in support of many wonderful organizations such as the Peel Regional Police, Toys-for-Tots, Amar Karma Organ Donation Society, the Salvation Army, Family Life Resource Centre, Canadian Cancer Society, Champions 4 Change, and the Canadian Eye Sight International.
Parm holds a conception of Canada that is based on providing the best for our citizens. He wants to continue to focus on the economy as we enter our second phase of recovery – to fight for lower taxes for our job-creators and continue to reduce unemployment and increase job growth. Brampton is one of the fastest growing cities in the country and Parm believes, with hard work and dedication, we can continue this trend by providing opportunities and financial security for our residents.
Parm was elected by the great people of Brampton-Springdale and looks forward to working alongside his constituents as we move forward together.
Mark Adler was elected as the Member of Parliament for York Centre on May 2, 2011. He is the first child of a Holocaust survivor to ever be elected as an MP. He is a member of the House of Commons Finance Committee and Transport and Infrastructure Committee and actively represents York Centre residents in the community and in Ottawa. By sitting on the Finance Committee Mark is able to directly affect government spending through taxation and budgetary legislation, and thus help to improve the economies of both the riding and Canada as a whole. As a Transport Committee member, Mark is concerned primarily with all areas covered by Transport Canada and Infrastructure Canada, including infrastructure funding under the Building Canada Plan, the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund and the Green Infrastructure Fund; airport security; ports policy; inter-provincial trucking; the National Highway System; airline mergers and railway safety.
Mark is also the Co-Chair of the Canada-Russia Parliamentary Friendship Group, the Chair of the Canada-Kazakhstan Parliamentary Friendship Group and the Co-Chair of the All-Party Interfaith Committee.
Motivating him to best represent York Centre in Parliament are the strong personal ties that Mark has with the area. He was born and raised in the York Centre community and attended Anthony Road Public School, Dufferin Heights Junior High and William Lyon Mackenzie Collegiate Institute.
Mark attended the University of Toronto and the Graduate School of Public Administration at Carleton University, Mark worked as a trade representative for Ontario’s Ministry of Industry, Trade and Technology in Boston, Massachusetts and then as Director of Corporate Programs with the Canadian Institute of International Affairs, where he led delegations of influential Canadian businessmen to various countries to meet with world leaders and decision makers.
Mark is also an accomplished author, penning a series of publications on the topic of cross border shopping, which earned him acclaim within the industry. Through these works, Mark looked to educate and inform Canadians regarding opportunities to save money on regularly purchased items.
Mark’s passion for public affairs and economic issues led him to establish a business in Toronto in 2003. He founded The Economic Club of Canada, which became the leading Canadian public affairs and speaker’s forum for business, national, and international issues. Since its inception, the Club has attained a reputation for being the podium of record, where members and guests are able to come face-to-face with the most important, relevant, and influential leaders of our time. As President and CEO, Mark has been instrumental in attracting speakers of the highest calibre, such as Senator John McCain, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Wayne Gretzky, President Bill Clinton, former US Ambassador to Canada, David Wilkins and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, Beverley McLachlin.
Mark lives in York Centre with his wife Alison, and their two children Ethan and Isabelle. Mark and his family are active members of the Bathurst Jewish Community Centre as well as the Beth Jacob and Beth Emeth synagogues.
Mark is also a member of the International Council of Jewish Parliamentarians (IJCP), a partner organization of the World Jewish Congress (WJC). The IJCP is committed to uphold the principles of democracy, further the cause of human rights and promote the rule of law.