BRAD Vis, 31, a former advisor to Abbotsford MP Ed Fast, is the Conservative candidate for Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon from where Liv Grewal, son of former MP Gurmant Grewal and incumbent MP Nina Grewal, was rejected last month.
Sources in Ottawa said Vis was nominated on Saturday at a meeting where Defence Minister and Minister for Multiculturalism Jason Kenney was present.
According to past media reports, Vis is currently working to develop a new agri-centre in the riding to support local farmers and works with the Abilitas Foundation.
He earned a Master’s Degree in Political Science at Ottawa’s Carleton University and specialized in parliamentary decision-making and public policy.
The riding comprises the northernmost portion of Abbotsford, all of Mission, Agassiz and Harrison Hot Springs, and up to north of Lillooet and Ashcroft.
Abbotsford businessman Jatinder (Jati) Sidhu is the federal Liberal candidate in the riding.
LIV Grewal had won the nomination on May 2, beating out Vis, Doris Woodman-McMillan, Korky Neufeld, Paul Redekopp, and Morley (Andy) H. Anderson.
However, the party received complaints against Grewal which were investigated and the party rejected his nomination.
While Grewal sent out an email claiming that the rejection was the “result of an unfair political process,” Conservative Party communications director Cory Hann told the Vancouver Sun: “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.”