defeated Paul Brar
in federal Conservative nomination in Newton-North Delta.
BC, Canada, March 10, 2007
Sandeep Pandher, 31, 2nd generarion NRI, defeated
Paul Brar to win the federal Conservative nomination in Newton-North
Delta and it was stunning upset Mr. Brar
More than 2,500 people came to vote for their choice of Conservative
candidate, with Heather Stilwell, Paul Brar, Sandeep Pandher
and Gary Dhillon. Conservative nomination was held at Surrey’s
York Centre in Newton, BC.
Sandeep Pandher 1225; Paul Brar 1191; Gary Dhillon 397; Heather
Sandeep Pandher 1247; Paul Brar 1199; Gary Dhillon 441;
Sandeep Pandher 1306; Paul Brar 1252
Mr Pandher served as special assistant one-time natural resources
minister Herb Dhaliwal. He was a policy advisor to York South-Weston
Liberal MP Alan Tonks when he was chair of the standing committee
on environment and sustainable development.
He was a volunteer at the federal party's national office from
2001 to 2003. It also lists volunteer activities relating to former
prime minister Jean Chretien's annual Maple Leaf Dinner, and Chretien's
Laurier Club receptions for major party donors
Pandher is presently on leave from his job as an assistant to Tory
parliamentary secretary Brian Jean - has been a member of the Tories
since March 2006.
With an estimated 12,000 new Conservatives signed up in that riding
at ten bucks a shot.
One voter told the media that this is a big blow to Brar's team
and only 20% turnout when their team signed up 6,000 members. It
is very clear that do not depend on mass membership signups.
In the general election, the
Liberal MP Sukh Dhaliwal fight to defend his seat against Pandher
of Conservative and Teresa Townsley of NDP
Sandeep Pandher was born in Edmonton in 1976, second generation
Canadian, whose parents immigrated to Canada from Punjab, India
in 1969. He is a young and energetic public policy professional
with a strong background in Environment, Climate Change, Sustainable
Development, Transportation and Infrastructure policy.
He has a Master of Engineering in Environmental Engineering from
Carleton University in Ottawa, a Bachelor of Science in Environmental
Science from Royal Roads University in Victoria, and a Diploma in
Chemical Technology from Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
in Edmonton. He did all his schooling up to Grade 12 from Guru Nanak
Public School, Ludhiana, Punjab.
He lived in India 13 years and fluently multilingual in four languages,
English, Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu. At present he is serving the Minister
of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities as a legislative and
parliamentary advisor. In the past he has provided policy and legislative
counsel to senior decision makers, including Federal Minister of
Natural Resources and Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee
on Environment and Sustainable Development. He has also provided
contractual services to private engineering firms and government
departments, including the Office of The Auditor General of Canada.
Sandeep married to Rimple and they are long time residents of Newton