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JASBIR SANDHU, MBA- NDP candidate in Surrey North


May 03, 2011: Jasbir Sandhu of New Democratic Party beat Conservative candidate Dona Cadman in Surrey North


NRI Jasbir Sandhu in Surrey-North, will run for federal NDP

Vancouver, Sep. 27, 2009
Munish Arora/Vancouver
Raj/Los Angeles

New Democrat Party (NDP), has nominated a well-known businessman, community leader and Komagata Maru activist Jasbir Sandhu to run in Surrey North in the next federal election.

He lived in North Surrey for 29 years and made efforts to gain a federal apology in Parliament for the 1914 Komagata Maru incident.

He also wrote e-mail and warned Prime Minister Stephen Harper hat there would be a backlash if he issued an apology outside of Parliament but Harper ignored the warning, issuing the apology in Surrey on August 3, 2008.

Surrey North:

  • The riding is currently held by Conservative Dona Cadman who defeated NDP Penny Priddy, a retired from federal politics.
  • The riding has 55% visible minorities out of a population of 111,965.
  • About 33% South Asian community and median family income is $50,000

Mr. Sandhu, 43, an active member of the party for more than two decades, was endorsed by NDP MLAs Sue Hammell (Surrey-Green Timbers) and Bruce Ralston (Surrey-Whalley), as well as former Surrey-North MP Penny Priddy. He won the riding candidacy by acclamation on Sunday at the Surrey Conference Center. Sandhu said he was “honored when prominent New Democrats asked me to stand for nomination

Penny Priddy said, “Jasbir brings the right mix of youth, maturity and experience. This will make him a strong candidate and the right person to advance our NDP goals of justice, fairness and equality.”

Mr. Sandhu said:

  • He would continue Priddy's efforts to bring Canada a national prescription drug plan.
  • We need a national prescription drug plan so that drug costs are affordable for those who need it the most. One of the ways we can reduce drug cost is by government purchasing in bulk
  • All of us have seen MP Jim Karpoff speak out and act decisively on immigration issues.
  • We heard and watched MP Penny Priddy speak out for more affordable housing and for more resources for post secondary education.
  • He credited NDP MPs and MLAs for making a difference in Surrey North

He is a board member of the Vancity Community Foundation, supporting affordable housing and homeless shelters, and a volunteer for the United Way at the Justice Institute. He is also a spokesperson for the Professor Mohan Singh Memorial Foundation, which promotes Asian cultural

Mr. Sandhu is presently employed as a program manager and coordinator at the Justice Institute of B.C. to provide training for police officers, firefighters, sheriffs, taxicab drivers, security guards and paramedics.

He received BA from Simon Fraser University and MBA from Royal Roads University. He is married to Simi and they have two children. He was 2 years old when immigrated to Canada with his family. He also own the Restaurant called " My Village Restaurant"