Controversial former Conservative MP Gurmant Grewal, who has repeatedly praised Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government during a lengthy comeback attempt, has been told he won’t be allowed to seek a BC nomination for the 2015 election, The Vancouver Sun has learned.
Grewal, who hails from Ludhiana district and is an alumnus of Punjab Agricultural University, said he was on track to win the nomination on Saturday over former Liberal MLA Dave Hayer and several other candidates in the new Cloverdale-Langley City riding.
But he said he received a letter from party brass in Ottawa telling him he can’t contest the nomination – but wasn’t told why.
He said he remains a loyal Conservative and a Harper supporter, but said he’s troubled by the way it was handled. “My disappointment is with the process,” Grewal told The Vancouver Sun. “I believe democracy should be open, transparent and accountable, and in this situation those three things are missing.”
Surrey businessman Paul Brar has also been told to withdraw his nomination.
Grewal announced in early 2013 that he was attempting a comeback, which if successful would have re-united him in Parliament with his wife Nina, the MP for Fleetwood-Port Kells.
Grewal, who was once called the ‘Iron Man’ of the House of Commons by Harper, was first elected as a Reform MP in Surrey in 1997.
He was at the centre of a national political storm in 2005 when he released tapes suggesting that he was in negotiations to move to the minority Liberal government, along with his wife.