The Grewal family seems to have lost favour with the federal Conservative party.
Liv Grewal, who was nominated by the party to run in the new B.C. riding of Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon, sent out a news release today (July 22) saying that he will no longer be its candidate in this year’s election.
The son of Nina Grewal, who is the Conservative MP for Fleetwood-Port Kells in Surrey, indicated that this was the “result of an unfair political process”.
“I’m disappointed with this decision by the Party,” the young Grewal said.
His father Gurmant is a former Conservative MP, and had planned a comeback in the new riding of Cloverdale-Langley City. However, he wasn’t allowed by the party to join that nomination contest.
Here’s the news release issued by Liv Grewal:
Grewal Withdraws as the Conservative Candidate in Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon
Abbotsford, B.C. – Liv Grewal will not be a Conservative Party candidate in the next federal election in the new constituency of Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon (MMFC). Grewal won the nomination in the first ballot garnering 54% of the votes against four other candidates on May 2nd, 2015. Mr. Grewal graduated in Political Science with Honours from Simon Fraser University and holds a Masters in Public Management and Governance with Merit from the London School of Economics. Grewal has interned in the Office of the Prime Minister of Canada in the Department of Strategic Communication. Mr. Grewal has contributed as a volunteer in seven federal election campaigns and three leadership races. Many Conservative MPs have endorsed Grewal’s candidacy, calling him an intelligent, articulate, and passionate individual who has the potential to be a strong leader.
Grewal had submitted a fair majority of the total 3900 memberships. Grewal said that he, his volunteer team and his family including his 80 year old grandmother had worked hard day in and day out for many months knocking doors to convince residents to become members of the Conservative Party. 100% of all membership forms were submitted by personal cheques or credit cards and all forms were duly signed by the members agreeing to the terms and conditions of the membership. The Party had done its due diligence by calling the membership prior to the vote. An experienced Returning Officer then conducted the nomination vote, as per the Party’s rules and the result was duly announced.
“For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been passionate about public service. Over the last 18 years, I have been actively participating in the Reform Party of Canada, Canadian Alliance, and then to the Conservative Party of Canada. I’m disappointed with this decision by the Party. Sadly, it is the result of an unfair political process.”