Navdeep Bains

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Navdeep Bains

ਨਵਦੀਪ ਬੈਂਸ
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Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry
Registrar General of Canada
Assumed office
November 4, 2015
Prime MinisterJustin Trudeau
Preceded byJames Moore
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Mississauga—Malton
Assumed office
October 19, 2015
Preceded byRiding established
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Mississauga—Brampton South
In office
June 28, 2004 – May 2, 2011
Preceded byRiding established
Succeeded byEve Adams
Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister of Canada
In office
October 7, 2005 – November 29, 2005
Prime MinisterPaul Martin
Succeeded byJason Kenney
Personal details
Navdeep Singh Bains

(1977-06-16) June 16, 1977 (age 43)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Political partyLiberal
Spouse(s)Brahamjot Bains
ResidenceMississauga, Ontario, Canada
ProfessionCertified management accountant, financial analyst

Navdeep Singh Bains PC FCPA MP (Punjabi: ਨਵਦੀਪ ਸਿੰਘ ਬੈਂਸ; born June 16, 1977) is a Canadian politician serving as Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry since 2019. A member of the Liberal Party of Canada, he has represented the riding of Mississauga—Malton in the House of Commons since the 2015 election. He previously represented the riding of Mississauga—Brampton South from 2004 to 2011. On November 4, 2015, he was appointed the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development in the 29th Canadian Ministry.

Early life and career

Bains was born in Toronto, Ontario on June 16, 1977 to Harminder and Balwinder Bains, entrepreneurial Indian Sikh immigrant parents.[1][2]

Bains graduated from Turner Fenton Secondary School in Brampton,[3] while it was known as J. A. Turner Secondary School and Turner Fenton Campus.[4] After completing high school, Bains attended York University, where he received his Bachelor of Administrative Studies.[5] He then went on to finish his Masters in Business Administration from the University of Windsor.[5] He received his Certified Management Accountant designation, subsequently becoming a Chartered Professional Accountant in 2014.[2] In 2016, he was awarded the prestigious FCPA designation by CPA Ontario for his “outstanding achievements including community leadership”.[6]

Bains worked as a financial processing analyst at Nike Canada from 2000 to 2001.[7] He also worked for the Ford Motor Company as a revenue and costing analyst from 2000 until 2004.[8]

Political career

38th Parliament

In his first election in 2004, Bains won the Liberal nomination for the riding of Mississauga—Brampton South, and won the seat with over 57% of the total vote; beating his next nearest opponent by over 33%, or over 14,000 votes.[9] At that time, Bains was 26 years old and the youngest Liberal MP in Parliament.[10]

Bains was elected chair of the Subcommittee on Human Rights and International Development of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade in April 2005, and held it until October 7, 2005, when he became Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, which at the time was Paul Martin.[11] As Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, Bains was sworn in as a Privy Councillor, and served until February 5, 2006, the day before the Conservative government of Stephen Harper was sworn in after the 2006 federal election.[2][12]

In October 2005, Bains also became a member of the Red Ribbon Task Force that released a 2006 report on revitalizing the party organization.[13]

In opposition

In 2006, Bains was re-elected in his riding with just under 54% of the vote.[14]

Also in 2006, Bains co-chaired the Liberal Party of Canada (Ontario)'s annual general meeting Toronto.[15] Because of his position in the Party and the roles he has been given, Bains was seen as a rising star, and had been selected three years in a row in the Hill Times survey as the best up and comer.[16]

During the 2006 Liberal leadership convention to replace Paul Martin, Bains threw his support behind Ontario Education Minister Gerard Kennedy, and after Kennedy dropped out before the third ballot, he joined Kennedy in supporting the eventual winner and new party leader, Stéphane Dion.[17]

In the 39th Parliament, Bains held Official Opposition critic portfolios for Public Works and Government Services, the Treasury Board and International Trade, respectively.[2] Bains was also member of the Liberal Caucus Committees for Planning and Priorities, Canada and the World and Economic Prosperity.[18] In January 2007, he was appointed to the National Election Readiness Committee as a Caucus Representative and in March 2007 served as the Youth Liaison to the Young Liberals of Canada.[18]

In January 2009, he was selected by Michael Ignatieff along with Steve MacKinnon to serve as Co-Chairs of the Special Committee on Party Renewal and tasked with heading a consultation process with the party membership on how to strengthen the party.[18][19] In March 2009, Bains was appointed Chair of Platform Development and oversaw the creation of the party's next electoral platform.[18] As part of his recommendations for party renewal, delegates at the 2009 Liberal leadership election voted to ensure that all future leadership elections would be under a “weighted one member, one vote” system, where each riding has 100 points that are distributed to leadership candidates based on the percentage of votes from party members in that riding.[17]

During the 40th Parliament, Bains held Official Opposition critic portfolios for Natural Resources and Small Business and Tourism.[2]

In January 2011, Bains claimed that the Bloc Québécois was using "the politics of fear" and argued against their attempt to ban the ceremonial Sikh kirpan from the parliamentary buildings after an incident in which the Quebec National Assembly denied entry to a group of four kirpan-wearing Sikhs.[20][21]

Out of Parliament

In the 2011 federal election, Eve Adams, a former Mississauga City Councillor, beat Bains by over 5,000 votes.[22]

Bains was a director of the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation from September 2012 to September 2015.[23] He also served on the Ontario Provincial Board of the Heart and Stroke Foundation, including a stint as Vice Chair starting December 2014.[24] Bains is also on the board of advisors for the Pearson Centre for Progressive Policy.[25]

Bains also entered academia and became an adjunct lecturer in a Master of Public Service program at the University of Waterloo and a distinguished visiting professor at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University, starting in 2013 for a one-year term.[5][26] His teaching contract at Ryerson was extended, and he was still a professor at the time of his re-election in 2015.[27]

Bains was touted as a possible candidate in the 2014 municipal election in Brampton and was included in January 2014 polling alongside candidates like Susan Fennell and John Sanderson in which he finished third among voters polled.[28] Provincial Liberal Linda Jeffrey subsequently ran for mayor and won.[29]

Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

Bains meeting with John F. Kelly, the United States Secretary of Homeland Security, in March 2017

Bains was the Ontario co-chair for the federal Liberal campaign, and was returned to the House of Commons in the 2015 federal election in the new riding of Mississauga—Malton.[27][30] On November 4, 2015, he was appointed the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development in Justin Trudeau's cabinet.[31] The next day, Bains announced that the mandatory long form census would be restored for 2016, after it was removed from the 2011 edition under the Harper government.[32] Under Bains’ leadership, the 2016 Census response rate exceeded 98 percent, making it the most successful Census since 1666.[33]

Bains is also the Registrar General of Canada, responsible for registering all letters patent, commissions, instruments, proclamations and any other documents that may, from time to time, be issued under the Great Seal of Canada.

A major focus of Bains’ mandate is to spur innovation and economic development in Canada. Following public consultations across Canada in the summer of 2016, he launched the Inclusive Innovation Agenda. Based on the consultations, the Bains identified three priority areas for Canada's Innovation Agenda: finding better ways for more Canadians to get the skills the global economy demands (People), harnessing emerging tech that would create industries and jobs that never existed before as well as reinvigorate existing ones (Technology), and encouraging more Canadians to start and grow companies that are competitive in the global economy (Companies).[34][35]

His portfolio also includes responsibility for the six regional development agencies across Canada: Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA); Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED); Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor); Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario); Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario (FedNor); Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD).[36]

In December 2016, he also launched Connect to Innovate, a program that will invest $500 million to bring high-speed Internet to rural and remote communities across Canada.[37] In 2018, Bains announced $950 million for a variety of national superclusters of innovation across the country.[38] To date, Minister Bains has supported 37 projects, investing $389 million, leading to nearly $4.1 billion in total investments in the automotive sector. Bains locked in the manufacturing of the C-Series in Montréal, protecting 6,000 direct jobs in Ontario and Québec in the aerospace industry. He also launched Canada's first-ever Intellectual Property Strategy.

The Hill Times featured Bains on the cover of their Power & Influence magazine in 2017. Dubbed the ‘Minister of Everything’ in the article, he was ranked 4th most influential, behind Justin Trudeau, Katie Telford and Gerald Butts.[39] On April 7, 2017, CFIB's Executive Vice-President and Chief Strategic Officer Laura Jones[40] presented Minister Bains with a Golden Scissors Award"[41] as a symbolic gesture of cutting through red tape shortly after Bains announced the interprovincial legislation entitled the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA). He is a recipient of Startup Canada's Policy Prize (2017). In 2017, Bains was listed in the Globe and Mail's The Power 50.[42] He is featured as the second influencer on the 2018 Bay Street Bull Power 50 list,[43] and Apolitical listed him among the World's 100 Most Influential People in Digital Government.[44]

In 2019 Minister Bains announced Canada’s Digital Charter.[45]

In August 2020, amidst a review of an August 2019 decision by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission to reduce capacity rates by up to 43% and access rates up to 77%, Bains released a statement saying that the government shared the fears of Canada's big telecommunication corporations that it went too far and would disincentivize investment in communication networks, especially less profitable rural and remote areas. However, the statement also said that the government would not formally interview in the ongoing review.[46]


Bains introduced legislation to amend the Copyright Act with respect to improving access to works by persons with a perceptual disability, which subsequently received Royal Assent in June 2016,[47] thus enabling Canada to become the key 20th nation to accede to the Marrakesh Treaty, bringing the Treaty into force on September 30, 2016.[48] He also put forward bill C-25, proposing to amend federal  corporate law to promote corporate transparency and increase diversity on corporate boards.[49] In particular, the bill focuses on the participation of women on corporate boards, as well as on senior management teams. In the same Parliamentary session, Bains introduced bill C-36, intended to enhance, reinforce and protect the independence Statistics Canada, fulfilling a campaign promise from the Liberals 2015 election platform.[50] In June 2018, both bills C-25 and C-36 received Royal Assent.

Personal life

Bains currently resides in Peel with his wife, Brahamjot, with whom he has two daughters, Nanki Kaur and Kirpa Kaur.[1][3][51]

Electoral results

2019 Canadian federal election: Mississauga—Malton
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Navdeep Bains 27,890 57.5
Conservative Tom Varughese 12,528 25.8
New Democratic Nikki Clarke 6,103 12.6
Green Christina Porter 1,251 2.6
People's Tahir Gora 369 0.8
United  Prudence Buchanan 306 0.6
Marxist–Leninist Frank Chilelli 90 0.2
Total valid votes/Expense limit 48,537 100.0
Total rejected ballots 500
Turnout 49,037 62.0
Eligible voters 79,034
Source: Elections Canada[52][53]
2015 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Navdeep Bains 26,165 59.12 +22.33 $103,144.90
Conservative Jagdish Grewal[54] 11,701 26.44 -11.00 $126,893.52
New Democratic Dianne Douglas 5,450 12.31 -11.12 $5,226.05
Green Heather Mercer 737 1.67 -0.37
Independent Naresh Tharani 210 0.46 $8,153.79
Total valid votes/Expense limit 44,256 100.00   $207,082.35
Total rejected ballots 237 0.53
Turnout 44,493 59.76
Eligible voters 74,448
Liberal notional gain from Conservative Swing +16.67
Source: Elections Canada[55][56]
2011 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes %
Conservative Eve Adams 23,632 44.72
Liberal Navdeep Bains 18,579 35.16
New Democratic Jim Glavan 9,465 17.91
Green Benjamin Stone 1,044 1.98
Marxist–Leninist Tim Sullivan 127 0.24
Total valid votes 52,847 100.00
Total rejected ballots 351 0.66
Turnout 53,198 57.27
Eligible voters 92,890
2008 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Navdeep Bains 21,220 47.69 -6.25 $ 65,107.35
Conservative Salma Ataullahjan 14,664 32.96 +2.21 51,467.58
New Democratic Karan Pandher 5,268 11.84 +0.96 5,832.24
Green Grace Yogaretnam 2,947 6.62 +2.82 5,666.20
Marxist–Leninist Tim Sullivan 395 0.89 +0.26  
Total valid votes/Expense limit 44,494 100.00 -12.31 $ 91,776.94
Total rejected ballots 343 0.76 +0.15
Turnout 44,837 49.39 -10.62
Eligible voters 90,777   +6.71
2006 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Navdeep Bains 27,370 53.94 -3.22 $ 80,611.34
Conservative Arnjeet Sangha 15,605 30.75 +6.66 58,602.08
New Democratic Nirvan Balkisoon 5,521 10.88 -3.92 9,470.07
Green Grace Yogaretnam 1,927 3.80 +0.28 7,606.18
Marxist–Leninist Tim Sullivan 319 0.63 +0.20  
Total valid votes/Expense limit 50,742 100.00 +17.17 $ 82,924.57
Total rejected ballots 310 0.61 -0.13
Turnout 51,052 60.01 +6.17
Eligible voters 85,068   +4.97
2004 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % Expenditures
Liberal Navdeep Bains 24,753 57.16 $ 70,830.08
Conservative Parvinder Sandhu 10,433 24.09 64,050.50
New Democratic Larry Taylor 6,411 14.80 14,516.24
Green Paul Simas 1,525 3.52  
Marxist–Leninist David Gershuny 185 0.43 23.48
Total valid votes/Expense limit 43,307 100.00 $ 78,421.35
Total rejected ballots 321 0.74
Turnout 43,628 53.84
Eligible voters 81,037  


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