WELL-KNOWN journalist Harpreet Singh announced on Monday night that he will seek the nomination for the Conservative Party in the highly controversial Surrey-Newton riding.
Harpreet had told me a long time ago that he was planning on running for the Conservatives from that riding, but he apparently wanted to assess the situation carefully before making a final decision.
“I feel strongly that the time has come to cross the line and enter federal politics to serve the community,” he said on Monday.
The highly controversial Surrey-Newton riding will be the centre of attention not only for the South Asian community but also for the mainstream community. It will be hotly contested – and you can expect all kind of rumours being spread around and being denied – as former Liberal MP Sukh Dhaliwal, incumbent NDP MP Jinny Sims and Harpreet fight it out.
All have their friends and enemies in the community and oftentimes the line between a friend and an enemy can become terribly blurred, what with family connections, back-home (Punjab) village and regional connections as well as connections all across North America (including California) coming into play in mind-blogging combinations!
Dhaliwal, who was MP for Newton-North Delta from 2006 to 2011 until he lost to NDP’s Jinny Sims, won the Liberal nomination after facing all kind of dirty tactics just last month. That is just a taste of things to come.
THROUGH his wide experience of being a journalist for the past 22 years, Harpreet noted he is well aware of the challenges faced by the people and he can relate to issues that concern the average Canadian – lower taxes, safer communities and job creation to ensure that every resident of Surrey Newton has a great future.
Harpreet said he arrived in Canada in 2002 and fell in love with this dynamic and diverse community. He added: “The journey from an immigrant to a television and radio host, political commentator, writer, producer and a businessman, has been an amazing one and thus is a true Canadian story.” Along with his wife and two children, he has experienced the challenges the riding offers. He cherishes regional, cultural and socio-economic diversity of Canada that the riding embraces.
Harpreet, who is known for his integrity, has covered various aspects of society, politics and economics of the Lower Mainland.
Harpreet said he is pursuing the Conservative candidacy because of his faith in the values and core beliefs of the party. “It is my true belief as an immigrant to this great country that the backbone of this society is based on creating sustainable opportunities for our citizens. My values concur with the core philosophies of the CPC, which include stability for families, long term employment, and sustainable economic change,” he added.
Harpreet noted that he is well versed with the issues and challenges of the people living in Surrey-Newton. “I feel that I owe it to the residents of this great city that their voices are heard in our nation’s capital”, he added.
Harpreet said he firmly believes that all Canadians need to come together as one voice to face the national and international challenges and specifically raise their voice against the real global issues such as terrorism and international crimes against humanity, adding: “I will operate in an accountable and responsive manner and leave no stone unturned to safeguard our Canadian values”.
Harpreet appealed to every resident of the Surrey-Newton riding for their support. You can contact him at 604-603-7555.