Big South Asian Community Turnout For Param Grewal

Politico Param Grewal has always been described as a “Nice Guy” who has long worked behind the scenes in both provincial and NDP circles. And this week he made his debut officially as a politician, putting his hat in the ring for a Council seat in Delta with the incumbent slate now led by George Harvie, who is replacing outgoing mayor Lois E. Jackson for Team Delta. So it was no surprise that a big Indo-Canadian community crowd turned out for Grewal’s coming out party on Tuesday evening at the edge of North Delta and Surrey at the New Era Banquet Hall. Team Delta showcased their star Indo-Canadian candidate Grewal to the packed out. Grewal, a former PICS guy who was recently a top Assistant to NDP Minister Jinny Sims, said he is a community activist and a passionate advocate for social justice. He has advocated for the farming industry and has worked extensively with non-profit organizations in the social services sector. He has also worked as political and ministerial staff for elected officials at the provincial and federal level, in the corporate world and as an entrepreneur. “We are proud to have this accomplished problem solver on our team,” said Harvie to a loud cheer from the partisan crowd.

****By R. Paul Dhillon

About the Author

Raj Paul Dhillon is an award winning journalist based in Vancouver, Canada. He received his second National Best Editorial Award from the National Ethnic Media and Press Association of Canada, presented to him by Prime Minister Stephen Harper on November 21, 2010 in Toronto. Aside from an extensive writing/editing work with a number of newspapers and magazines (currently the editor of the South Asian LINK newspaper, the oldest South Asian newspaper in Canada), he has also done freelance writing for mainstream publications like The Vancouver Sun and Georgia Straight newspapers. He holds a degree in Communications and in Film from Simon Fraser University.

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