A Vancouver businessman and former NPA council candidate will carry the B.C. Liberal banner in a pivotal swing constituency in southeast Vancouver.
On July 14, David Grewal will be acclaimed as the candidate in Vancouver-Fraserview, which has swung back and forth between the B.C. Liberals and the NDP over the past three decades.
Grewal cofounded Absolute Energy in 2003.
"I’m honoured to represent the BC Liberals in Vancouver-Fraserview, a community where my family and I have deep roots," Grewal said in a B.C. Liberal news release. "When my grandfather moved to this community in 1934, he and his generation paved the way for the opportunities that my family, community, and I have been able to build our lives on. I want BC to be a place where hard working families, individuals, and business owners truly feel they can get ahead and build the lives they want."
In the 1990s, Vancouver-Fraserview was represented by Bernie Simpson and Ian Waddell of the NDP when their party was in power.
From 2001 to 2017, the seat was held by B.C. Liberals Ken Johnston, Wally Oppal, Kash Heed, and Suzanne Anton when their party was in power.
In 2017, the NDP's George Chow defeated Anton and the NDP subsequently formed a minority government.
Throughput this period, Vancouver-Fraserview has consistently been represented by MLAs who didn't live in the constituency while they were in office.
If elected, Grewal could join that club. He lives in Southlands, where he and other residents opposed the conversion of the Casa Mia mansion into a hospice for seniors in 2012.
At the time, Grewal told the Province newspaper that he didn't have a problem with a hospice being in the area—his concern was the scale of the building and the traffic that it would bring to Southwest Marine Drive.
In 2018, Grewal came 11th in the race for 10 seats on Vancouver council, narrowly missing out on becoming the first person of Punjabi ancestry to be elected to this position in the city.