UPDATED: Local Conservative candidate out of race following party decision

Liv Grewal had won the nomination in a May vote, but withdrew Wednesday

Liv Grewal

The Conservative candidate for the newly formed Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon riding will no longer run in the upcoming federal election, announcing Wednesday that he has withdrawn his candidacy following an unspecified decision by the party.

Liv Grewal had won a May vote to be the Conservative candidate in the new riding, which includes territory in the north Abbotsford, Mission, and throughout the Fraser Canyon.

But on Wednesday, he sent out a press release announcing that he was withdrawing after a Conservative Party decision.

“For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been passionate about public service,” Grewal wrote. “Over the last 18 years, I have been actively participating in the Reform Party of Canada, Canadian Alliance, and then to the Conservative Party of Canada.”

He added: “I’m disappointed with this decision by the Party. Sadly, it is the result of an unfair political process.”

Grewal, an Abbotsford resident, is the son of MP Nina Grewal and former MP Gurmant Grewal. Gurmant Grewal attempted to run for the Conservatives in the Cloverdale-Langley City riding, but was forced to withdraw last November.

In May, Abbotsford News columnist Mark Rushton wrote about the reaction from some party members following the selection of Liv Grewal as the Conservative candidate.

“I’ve received many emails and calls over the past couple of days alleging all sorts of things: interloper-candidate, mass membership purchases, voting by non-residents – none substantiated,” wrote Rushton.

Grewal had amassed 54 per cent of the total vote.

His release said he and his family worked hard for months, knocking on doors to convince people to become members of the Conservative Party.

“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,” the release states.

Cory Hann, director of communications with the Conservative Party of Canada confirmed that Grewal is no longer the candidate, but did not provide a reason.

“We’re running fair and open nominations, and take any allegations of rule breaking seriously and review them fully,” he said in an email.

The 2015 federal election is slated for Oct. 19.

Just Posted

Police investigate sexual assault of teen girl in Abbotsford

Incident occurred Wednesday night along Oriole Crescent

Bad behaviour to lead to expulsion at Abbotsford council

New rules lay out how a member can be booted from a meeting

More extreme weather beds needed in Mission

Council allocates another $5,000 to help keep people safe, warm and dry

Input sought for road works for Maple Ridge

Consultation on Haney Bypass upgrades

Trial begins for man charged with 2010 murder of Mandy Johnson

Langley single mom was fatally shot while in vehicle in Abbotsford

B.C. cougar kitten rescued after mother struck by vehicle

Conservation Officers find home for young kitten found dehydrated and frostbitten near Williams Lake

Sexsmith set to suit up for Giants

Vancouver signs ninth overall pick in 2017 WHL bantam draft

Women’s March Canada Fraser Valley slated for Saturday morning

It’s a march for women’s rights and social justice for the most marginalized

White Rock plans to effectively ban legal pot dispensaries

Opponent says the plan is inspired by ‘a real right-wing mentality’

B.C. man, 21, accused of impersonating a police officer

Arrest warrant issued for Surrey man after two women in a vehicle in Langley chased by fake cop car

Opinion: Dare to be smarter

Just say no works for more than just substance abuse

‘Sing Me a Song’ about B.C. for a chance at $1,000 contest prize

Entries due by March 30 for lieutenant-governor’s British Columbia-themed competition

Facing reality of death, B.C. man learns real meaning of life

Even while preparing for the end, something inside Keven Drews won’t let him stop living

Former B.C. fire chief gets seven months for possession of child porn

The 63-year-old pleaded guilty during a brief hearing last year to one count

Most Read