Conservative nominee withdraws

Mission–Matsqui–Fraser Canyon has seen the withdrawal of Conservative candidate Liv Grewal

Barbara Roden – Black Press

Less than three months before the federal election, the new riding of Mission–Matsqui–Fraser Canyon, which includes the District of Kent and Harrison Hot Springs, has seen the withdrawal of Conservative candidate Liv Grewal.

Grewal was one of six Conservative nominees in the riding, and won the nomination in May. The 29-year-old Grewal is the son of Fleetwood–Port Kells MP Nina Grewal and former MP Gurmant Grewal, who was banned last fall from running for the Conservative party for reasons that have not been disclosed.

While Grewal says he withdrew from the candidacy, Conservative Party communications director Cory Hann said that Grewal had been removed. “I can say the party is running fair and open nominations. Any accusation of breaking rules—we investigate them and review them and that’s as much as I’ll say on that matter.”

An internal review was carried out over allegations that Grewal’s camp paid for people’s party memberships. “What the review found is basically that these concerns on how Liv Grewal’s campaign conducted itself were found to be true,” said a Conservative source. “The Liv Grewal campaign had purchased memberships for others which is against the rules.”

In May, Abbotsford News columnist Mark Rushton wrote about the reaction from some Conservative party members following Grewal’s selection. “I’ve received many e-mails and calls over the past couple of days alleging all sorts of things: interloper-candidate, mass membership purchases, voting by non-residents—none substantiated,” he said.

A press release from Grewal stated that “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. I’m disappointed with this decision by the Party.”

Where this leaves the Conservative party remains uncertain as of press time. The other nominees, who include former Ashcroft mayor Andy Anderson, are tight-lipped. “I can’t comment,” said Anderson. When asked what path the nomination process takes from here, he replied, “We haven’t figured out what’s next. I called to ask, and was told someone will get back to me.”

Other candidates for the new riding include Jati Sidhu for the Liberal party and Arthur Green for the Green party.

Just Posted

After 30 years, Agassiz’s Miss Marge set to retire from Variety Play

From 1989 to today, Miss Marge has taken generations of kids through the district play program

RCMP believe Missing Hope teenager was headed to Chilliwack

Keely Reeze Loewen, 18, last in contact with a family member on June 13

Summer service by bus from Chilliwack to Cultus Lake starting soon

Seasonal change will see bus service from Vedder Road to Cultus elementary until Labour Day

Chilliwack trustees divided on Trans Mountain pipeline route near two schools

School district will pen letter to NEB to ask for re-routing away from schools to be considered

Agassiz RCMP finally able to get outdoor picnic table

Funds from Harrison and Kent will allow the detachment to purchase the outdoor seating area

VIDEO: Reading splashes into Agassiz’s Ferny Coombe Pool

The Agassiz Library held its annual Reading in the Pool event Friday, June 14

Commercial fishers in B.C. now required to wear life-jackets on deck: WorkSafeBC

WorkSafeBC reports 24 work-related deaths in the commercial fishing industry between 2007 and 2018

Beekeeping Rossland boy finds human kindness sweet as honey

Family overwhelmed by kind offerings of strangers

B.C. files second legal challenge against Alberta over turn-off-taps law

B.C. government filed a second lawsuit against Alberta on June 14

Tax credits, penalizing big polluters, key to Conservative climate plan

Canada’s commitment is to cut emissions to 70 per cent of what they were in 2005 before 2030

PHOTOS: Langley-Aldergrove MP Mark Warawa is gone

The Conservative Member of Parliament and long-time community advocate died in hospice this morning

Victoria double murder trial: Blood splatter analyst found no shoe prints on scene

RCMP analyst testifies to smears, fingermarks, ‘swipe and wipe’ patterns around apartment

B.C. teen killed by falling tree near Victoria

Second youth also injured in freak incident during field trip at Camp Barnard near Sooke

Elias Pettersson wins Calder Trophy as NHL’s top rookie

Vancouver forward first Canuck to win award since Pavel Bure in 1992

Most Read