B.C. NDP’s Parm Khalon is heading to Alberta as the new NDP Premier Rachel Notley’s executive assistant.
Parm has worked in different capacities with NDP MLAs. She was Sue Hammell’s constituency assistant and has also worked for MLAs Spencer Chandra Herbert (Vancouver-West End / Coal Harbour) and Judy Darcy (New Westminster).
MLA Harry Bains told The VOICE on Thursday that Parm has deep roots with the party through her family. She’s originally from Victoria, but has been in Vancouver for many years now.
Bains said: “She’s a great person, I think, and that’s why she was approached by the Premier of Alberta and I think she will do us all proud when she’s there and helping the Premier navigate through all the different issues that they will be facing as a new government.”
Notley was actually a ministerial assistant to Ujjal Dosanjh when he was the attorney general back in the 1990s. Her husband, Lou Arab, worked in B.C. NDP government communications.
Also, Gerry Scott, Alberta NDP campaign director, had worked with Notley in B.C. in the 1990s.
Bains noted: “They are trying to find some talented people to help the new government.”
He added: “She’s a person of South Asian descent. She will represent the community. It just shows that our community is deeply involved and the talent that exists in our community is sought after.”