Maybe the organizers for the Manning Centre conference can ask around how conservatives feel having Liberal Christy Clark at their “family reunion” (see here) who now has been accused of pandering to an attempted murderer in exchange for Indo-Canadian Liberal Party memberships?
Blogger Alex Tsakumis to a source with ties to the Indian Consulate in Vancouver:
AGT: “So, SukhDhaliwal wasn’t the only person the Premier tried to get to India?”
CS: “Correct, she and her people were saying how these other men were good people and all four should be honoured with passage to India for the trip.”
AGT: “And you’re sure of these names? You’re positive?”
CS: “Yes. We had huge problems with this and all requests were denied. It made our good offices very uncomfortable, Mr. Alex.”
AGT: “Name them please.”
CS: “SukhDhaliwal. GurvinderDhaliwal, HarjitAtwal and JaspalAtwal.”
AGT: “Okay, repeat the last name for me. And spell it slowly, please.”
CS: “JASPAL ATWAL.”
AGT: “Are you certain of that name? Is this the same person who the Premier denied knowing?”
CS: “Correct, Sir. This is the man, Mr. Alex. That was one of the four requests. We were not able to comply and I cannot tell you why.”
AGT: “Do you know of if Mr. Atwal knew about this request? Did he contact you? What was the position of the Consular General? Did this go directly to him? You can appreciate that without passing judgement on any of these men, having any request about any of them coming from the Premier is beyond outrageous.”
CS: “Yes, but no one will comment. If asked, the Consul General will deny everything, we cannot speak publicly. You know this because of your Dad.”
(NOTE: My father was the Trade Commissioner and Vice-Consul of Greece in Vancouver for almost two decades during the 80s and 90s).
AGT: “I understand and appreciate your position. Can you tell me anything else at all?”
CS: “No, I’m very sorry, you know Mr. Alex, we cannot comment officially and I cannot say anything more. I am doing this because you and your family have been very strong supporters of the good people of India. We appreciate this very much; to get the word of the good people out. Thank you!”
AGT: “Well, thank you too. I will continue to press others for further confirmation and answers. The Premier shouldn’t be asking for such favours for ANYONE, regardless of who they are….thanks again my friend. Bless you and may the great country of India and its people continue to prosper.”
CS: “Thank you Mr. Alex, I have no comment on the Premier, I just know what I told you as many people close to the Consulate do. This is not a secret. A few people know the real story.” (see here)
Proud moment for the Manning Centre.
Also: See photo of Liberal leader Bob Rae posing beside Atwal who is a riding association board director in Surrey BC here