Last week, Public Eye reported Vancouver-Fraserview provincial Liberal backbencher Ken Johnston's constituency assistant Barinder Sall sent an email to Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer, observing "there is a generation clash here between the older and younger indo-Canadians (sic). As these older guys want to be recognized, want fame, and I think maybe a sovereign society...lol...while the younger guys rather operate discretely, spend time golfing and enjoy life with their families." And it seems those statements haven't gone down well with community elders.
In a headlining story referencing Public Eye, LINK staffer R. Paul Dhillon reported, "A number of older generation Liberals reacted angrily at Sall's comments, saying he lacks a political awareness or knowledge of the community's affairs and attributed his comments to someone who is trying to keep his job." The LINK is the oldest Indo-Canadian newspaper in Canada and is distributed throughout the Lower Mainland.
Mr. Sall did not return Public Eye's phone call to get comment on the email. But he told Mr. Dhillon, "he meant no disrespect to the older generation Indo-Canadian BC Liberals and perhaps his comments reflected his frustration that there were many young Indo-Canadians there at the (Liberal) convention but the media didn't report them.
'I worked really hard to take a lot of young guys and it's frustrating when they don't report that,' Sall said during an interview with this reporter Friday afternoon. 'Maybe I was too emotional when I wrote this but I'm not taking a shot at anyone, especially the older generation because I do respect them.'"