I am a proud Canadian, wife, and mother of two who
understands the challenges and concerns faced by
ordinary citizens in their daily lives. I am not
a seasoned politician. I am simply a person with
deep values who cares about her community and the
people in it, and who would like to make this country
a safer and more prosperous place for us and for
future generations. I also believe in a government
thats accountable to the people it represents,
and not to friends and cronies.
Being an active member of the Reform Party since
1996, and of the Canadian Alliance and Conservative
Party of Canada thereafter has taught me 'the ropes'
of political process and political life. I have
been a board member of the Surrey Central Constituency
Association, have helped with three election campaigns
and three leadership races. I have signed-up memberships,
dropped literature at doorsteps, participated in
rallies and townhall meetings, have worked the phones
on behalf of Conservative candidates and have listened
to the many concerns of people in our community.
In the last 8 years, Ive attended National
Assemblies, AGMs, Conventions, the United Alternative
Assembly and the Official Opposition Caucuses. Ive
also helped to organize BBQs, fundraise, have acted
as a volunteer advocate for constituents.
Although my great-grandfather contributed to the
development of this great country and died here
in 1906, my family and I chose Canada to be our
own home. Prior to that, I traveled the world and
lived in other countries such as Japan (where I
was born), India (where I was schooled at the Convent
of Jesus and Mary, and later earned my Bachelor
of Arts Degree in History and English Literature),
and Africa--where I was a partner in the family
It was in Liberia that I also developed a very
deep appreciation of freedom and democracy. On a
daily basis, I witnessed suffering and disaster
first-hand in the bloody civil war that killed 1
in 10 and displaced 6 out of 10 people in that country.
You can only imagine how many were raped, abused
or disabled. I have seen young people who wanted
to go to school or get medicines but could not afford
to do so. Many people could not even afford to eat
a single meal a day. Not a day goes by that I'm
not incredibly thankful that I am now a Canadian
and live in this great country of ours. But the
Liberal government in the drivers seat has
some serious problems with its vision, approach,
administration and direction.
The Liberals have continuously eroded family values
and have proposed legislation that works against
families--the most important building-block of our
society. Theyve demonstrated a decade-long
dithering on issues such as the definition of marriage,
minimum age of consensual sex, child porn, child
taxes rebates, tax breaks for stay home parents,
religious freedom, and political correctness. All
of these issues need tough lobbying and initiatives
in Parliament--and that's exactly the role that
I intend to fulfill, when elected.
Since the day I moved here with my family, I've
contributed to making Canada an even a better country.
I've always done that through my community and volunteer
work. But now that my children are grown-up and
attending post-secondary institutions, I feel that
the time has come for me--a passionate mother who
has sacrificed her career for the sake of her children
and family--to do even more. That is why I'm asking
for your support to be your voice in Parliament:
a principled, strong, caring voice that reflects
your values and priorities, and acts as a strong
advocate on your behalf. That is my promise to you.
Narinder (Nina) Grewal