Tech entrepreneur Taleeb Noormohamed expected to become Liberal candidate in Vancouver Granville

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      In 2015, the Liberal Party of Canada acclaimed Jody Wilson-Raybould as the party's candidate in Vancouver Granville in one of several uncontested nominations.

      At the time, there were rumours that others were interested in what was seen as a winnable Liberal riding. But it was widely believed that Team Trudeau wanted to reserve this seat for the prominent Indigenous leader.

      More than three years after the election, however, Wilson-Raybould quit the cabinet after being demoted from justice minister and attorney general to the minister of veterans affairs.

      This came after she blew the whistle on the prime minister and his staff's efforts to get her to re-evaluate the criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin.

      Less than two months later, Trudeau kicked her and ex-cabinet minister Jane Philpott out of caucus without holding any caucus votes.

      Philpott later maintained that through this action, Trudeau violated the Parliament of Canada Act.

      Jody Wilson-Raybould is running as an independent in Vancouver Granville after quitting the Trudeau cabinet and then being ejected from caucus.

      That's the backdrop for tonight's Global News story that a high-profile local Liberal, tech entrepreneur Taleeb Noormohamed, will be acclaimed as the Team Trudeau candidate in Vancouver Granville.

      The multilingual and Princeton-educated Noormohamed, 42, tried for a Liberal nomination in Vancouver Centre in 2004 but lost to incumbent Hedy Fry.

      That year, the party scheduled the nomination meeting on the same day as an important holiday for Ismaili Muslims. That bothered Noormohamed because he felt that it lessened the likelihood of some of his supporters showing up to vote. 

      In 2011, Noormohamed ran for the Liberals in North Vancouver, losing to Conservative Andrew Saxton.

      Noormohamed sat out the 2015 campaign in a year when many Lower Mainland Liberal candidates—including Jonathan Wilkinson in North Vancouver, Wilson-Raybould in Vancouver Granville, and Harjit Sajjan in Vancouver South—didn't have to face nomination battles.

      Three years later, Noormohamed announced his intention to seek the Vision Vancouver mayoral nomination, but backed out due to a health problem.

      He's been involved in several high-tech companies, including HomeAway, which is a short-term vacation-rental company that was bought by Expedia.

      He also worked with a former Liberal leader, Bob Rae, when Rae was overseeing a federal review of the 1985 bombing of Air India Flight 182. Later, Noormohamed was a vice president of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

      According to Global News, Noormohamed will be acclaimed in Vancouver Granville on Tuesday (August 13).

      Meanwhile, the Conservatives have nominated Zach Segal, a former Conservative government staff member and current employee of Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp.

      The NDP candidate is climate activist Yvonne Hanson and the People's Party of Canada candidate is Naomi Chocyk, a former constituency assistant to Wilson-Raybould.

      The Greens have nominated Louise Boutin, a real-estate agent and the Green candidate in Vancouver-Fairview in the 2017 provincial election.