Member of Parliament
Mr. Dhaliwal was first elected to the House of Commons in 1993, representing the federal riding of Vancouver South. As Member of Parliament, he was Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and served on the Steering Committee on Fisheries and Oceans and the Standing Committee on Finance and Fisheries and Oceans. He was designated vice-chair of the Standing Committee on Health and the Task Force on Aquaculture, and chair of the British Columbia Liberal Caucus and the Northern and Western Liberal Caucus.
In 1996, Mr. Dhaliwal played an active and prominent role as a member of the Prime Minister’s Team Canada trade mission to India. Mr. Dhaliwal led the Canadian observer presence for presidential elections to the Dominican Republic; and he has taken part in parliamentary delegations to Cuba and to UNESCO in New York City. He participated and addressed the International Parliamentary Union Conference in Beijing, China, which resulted in the acceptance of the Canadian delegation’s resolution banning the use of anti-personnel land mines.
Minister of National Revenue
In 1997, Mr. Dhaliwal was re-elected in the re-distributed riding of Vancouver South-Burnaby and appointed as Minister of National Revenue where he served until August 1999. Under Mr. Dhaliwal’s leadership at Revenue Canada, the federal department was restructured and re-named the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency (CCRA) to better serve the public, Canada’s business community, and the provinces and territories. In 1998, as Minister of National Revenue, Mr. Dhaliwal accompanied Canada’s then Governor General, Romeo LeBlanc, on his state visit to India. This state visit was the first-ever made to India by a Governor General.
Minister of Fisheries and Oceans
On August 3rd, 1999, Mr. Dhaliwal was appointed Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and he was re-elected for a third consecutive time in November 2000. As Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, Mr. Dhaliwal led the ratification of the United Nations Fish Agreement in 30 countries around the globe, and took an active role in promoting oceans preservation – he appointed a Ministerial Oceans Advisory Committee; in 2001 he instituted an annual international conference on Oceans Stewardship in Vancouver; in the same year he chaired the Ministerial Section of the UN Environment Program Meeting, where more than 100 countries were represented, for the Global Programe of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities (GPA); and he attended the Oceans and Coasts Conference at Rio + 10 in Paris.
Mr. Dhaliwal also took an active and prominent role in promoting sustainable, environmentally responsible aquaculture development in Canada. In recognition of his contribution, the Canadian Aquaculture Industry created the Herb Dhaliwal Sustainable Aquaculture Award.
Minister of Natural Resources
On January 15, 2002, Prime Minister Jean Chretien announced the appointment of Herb Dhaliwal, M.P., as Minister of Natural Resources and political minister for British Columbia.