In the category of last minute decisions

At this hour, news is breaking that embattled Newton North Delta Conservative MP Gurmant Grewal will not be seeking re-election. According to our operatives, the Tories are presently targetting two names as a possible replacement for Mr. Grewal (although neither have yet been approached). They are: Radio Punjab news director Harjinder Thind, who was courted to run for the provincial Liberals, and Shinder Purewal. Prior to the last election, many had expected Mr. Purewal would win the Vancouver South Liberal nomination. But he reluctantly stepped aside to make way for star candidate and former premier Ujjal Dosanjh. Since then, he has been appointed a citizenship judge by the federal government. Messrs. Thind and Purewal are known to be friends.

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Wow,

If true, this is good news for the Tories in Surrey.

It would show some momentum in Surrey if they get a high profile indiviudal to try to keep Grewall's seat.

It would also let Gurmant focus on helping his wife win her more winnable seat.

.........and the first self inflicted casualty of the election campaign goes to the Conservatives. Big suprise. These guys can't help themselves for the perpetual screwing up on the BC front. Put that together with Harper putting his foot in the sam sex quagmire right out of the gate and this is a poor start for the conservatives indeed.

Pete's right. All the righteous support Harper gave Grewal over the tapes issue is now before us again.

Why not step down 2 weeks ago? 2 months ago?

Nice way to start a campaign. This guy should have been kicked out of caucus months ago.

Oh, and let Gurmant go help Nina. That should take care of her seat as well.

I'm not an NDP'er, but they look good in those 2 seats today.

If true, I suspect the party took an internal poll and realized with Grewal running they were going to lose this seat no matter what. If the internal poll showed it winneable with someone other than Grewal, but not with Grewal there would likely be pressure on him not to run. Either way, I still don't think the Conservatives will hold this riding come election day, however at least their chances are slightly better.

Okay its official - Gurmant Grewal isn't running again, which I say good riddance. Even for most Tory supporters he was an absolute embarassment to the party. Rick - I think Grewal would be best to not campaign for his wife as he is a liability so if he campaigns for her, that will only increase the chance of her also losing her seat. I also heard rumours Brenda Locke has been nominated in Fleetwood-Port Kells so if she wins along with Sukh Dhaliwal that means we would have two members of the BC Liberals (Sukh Dhaliwal is an active supporter of the party), which would help pull the party somewhat to the right. Based on the current polls and the situation on the ground, I would guess that if an election were held today, South Surrey-White Rock-Cloverdale would be the only Surrey riding to stay Conservative, while the Liberals would take Newton-North Delta and Fleetwood-Port Kells, while the NDP would take Surrey North.

My God, is Shinder really thinking of going over to the Conservatives? I am one of Shinder's former students, and the contempt that he had for the Canadian Alliance/Conservative Party and of Gurmant Grewal would make me be very surprised if he ran for the Conservatives in the next election.

Shinder Purewal is on the executive of the Liberal Party of Canada in BC and one of the leading Martinites in BC who overthrew Herb Dhaliwal's riding association a few years ago...that would be a big change for him if that happens...do you think it might be a bit of a stretch on this rumour??

It won't happen just as Jim Green won't be the NDP candidate in Vancouver Centre. How about Margaret Brigman who was the Reform MP from 1993-1997 and a BC Reform candidate in the 2001 provincial election. That would make sense is they have a pretty narrow base and even most BC Liberals, even if they plan to vote Conservative, aren't too keen on Stephen Harper.

Oh my, are we losing Grewal. Who is going to provide comic relief in his place? I think a lot of us were hoping that he would go down in utter humiliation. Now he's fading out. I take it the only reason that Harper supported him is that they knew a bi-election could really hurt their chances of winning.

Perhaps, a seat will open up in Liberia...

It wouldn't be the first time Shinder has tried to run for a conservative/reform nomination. He's pretty much damaged goods as far as ever winning a federal Liberal nomination after the Herb Dhaliwal fiasco. So if he wants to pursue his dream of being a federal MP, his best bet will be as a conservative. I don't think Thind will run. He turned down the provincial Liberals, he'll probably turn down the federal Liberals as well.

Liberal HQ Blogger Miles Lunn is back in the deception market, falsely calling the North Delta seat for the Liberals. The favoured candidate is New Democrat Nancy Clegg.

Gurmant should have resigned months ago. Just another bad political move by John (i'm too old and stuck up don't give a damn, give me another drink) Reynolds. The Conservative Party stinks.
It will be a bitter fight between the Indians. The NDP's Clegg will come out the winner. Sorry Sukh, there is just going to be too much dirt on you and you are not a good candidate you look horrible and you cant speak a word of english. Just because you signed up lots of members for your nomination and hosted many scotch and pizza parties doesn't give you a win. The NDP is stronger than ever in Surrey and Delta especially after the provincial election. I predict all riddings except South Surrey to go to the NDP in this area. There is a toss up in Fleetwood with no show Nina perhaps fluking again....how sad it is.

Well Harper's shot himself in the foot if the globe is reporting it right. He's already bringing up the traditional definition of marriage.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20051129.wgaymarriage1129/BNStory/specialDecision2006/


Daniel writes, "Well Harper's shot himself in the foot if the globe is reporting it right. He's already bringing up the traditional definition of marriage"

Harper appears to have made a tactical decision to only secure 1/3 of the vote. Leading with gay marriage and the organized crime slur sets his target audience fairly firmly. No more than 1/3 of the voters (102 seats) will go for that type of leading messaging… and half of those seats are in Quebec and are going BLOQ anyways.

No one else was campaigning on gay marriage, nor will they since gay marriage high not high on the voters’ the interest list. So Harper will be seen alone on the issue and as having some sort of resentment he is trying to express. Combined with the slur, he has already begun to paint himself as the angry reformer.

Giving Harper the benefit of the doubt, Harper must already see that he cannot form government so securing a vote topping 33% is the real goal i.e. hold the Liberals to a reduced minority is what Harper thinks is achievable... he is not starting out trying to win the election. However, this strategy will backfire by starting with issues the voters fine distasteful. The NDP swing of fear from the CPC to the liberals becomes more likely and the Liberal vote will firm if the CPC continues to lead with issues the public finds uncomfortable.

The country needs a viable center-right party... Harper does not seem to understand what such a party would look like. Slurs and social issues can be secondary issues in a campaign… but not leading issues... by now CPC internal polls have got to be clear on this point.

The "fun" has begun!… and as usual, the far right seems not to understand the fun.

Of course Harper didn't "bring up" gay marriage. The media did. That gives them a smooth segue into the "scary social conservative" theme that was perfectly articulated on CKNW by Vaughn Palmer this morning. The reason Harper says the media are against him is that the media are against him. They have him framed in a certain way and they're not going to let anything interfere with that.

This is the only country where the government presides over a vast theft and money laundering operation for a decade, and the public is told to be scared of the solution. And they are. Pathetic.

Hi John,

The media asks the questions... Mr. Harper decides on what topics he will speak. Engaging is how politicians set agendas. Every politician knows this. Harper made a choice to engage the question in detail. Stephen Harper set the agenda.

I take heart in this; your denial of Harper's choice does suggest you see the foolishness of the engagement. There is some hope for the right!

My hope in all of writing is that the center-right learn something so that at sometime in the future a credible viable positive alternative is available to Canadians at every voting event… the public has been justified in voting down the far right for the last 14 years... accordingly, the center to center-right needs to take back conservative politics…. But to do that, the entire right needs to see the lesson that they keep missing. Your comment suggests you can see some of the mistake... but the mistake is not the medias... it is your own party's.

Hi John,

The media asks the questions... Mr. Harper decides on what topics he will speak. Engaging is how politicians set agendas. Every politician knows this. Harper made a choice to engage the question in detail. Stephen Harper set the agenda.

I take heart in this; your denial of Harper's choice does suggest you see the foolishness of the engagement. There is some hope for the right!

My hope in all of this is that the center-right learn something so that at sometime in the future a credible viable positive alternative is available to Canadians at every voting event… the public has been justified in voting down the far right for the last 14 years... accordingly, the center to center-right needs to take back conservative politics…. But to do that, the entire right needs to see the lesson that they keep missing. Your comment suggests you can see some of the mistake.

Glad to see GG gone. He is/was an example of the legacy of that
ass***e Trudeau. Hopefully, the "Tories" will learn from his disaster in having him as part of N.D. riding.
Unless, the "Tories" choose correctly, it's Clegg's riding to lose.
Agree with Surreygirl, canadiate must be able to converse in one of Canada's two official languages. Last election, couldn't understand any canadiate except Clegg. And I really don't want to vote for her again.

Glad to see GG gone. He is/was an example of the legacy of that
ass***e Trudeau. Hopefully, the "Tories" will learn from his disaster in having him as part of N.D. riding.
Unless, the "Tories" choose correctly, it's Clegg's riding to lose.
Agree with Surreygirl, canadiate must be able to converse in one of Canada's two official languages. Last election, couldn't understand any canadiate except Clegg. And I really don't want to vote for her again.

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