Despite party disowning him, Jagdish Grewal will stay in the fray
Mississauga/Oct.7,2015-The Conservative party announced yesterday that Jagdish Grewal will no longer be party’s official candidate in Mississauga-Malton riding, however, it is too late to remove him from the ballot and he will continue to fight with party signs .
While reacting to some media reports, the party said that Jagdish Grewals’s views on homosexuality don’t reflect the views of the Conservative Party of Canada.
Jagdish Grewal wrote an editorial in Punjabi Post entitled “Is it wrong for a homosexual to become a normal (straight) person?” that was interpreted as referring to homosexuality as “unnatural behaviour” and heterosexuals as “normal.”
As the deadline has passed for candidates to withdraw, Grewal’s name will continue to appear as a candidate for the Conservative Party. His signs can stay up since they were paid for by his campaign, however, a party source said, he would not be a caucus member if he won the election.
Grewal’s article in the Punjabi Post earlier this year was referring to a private member’s bill introduced by an NDP MPP, and passed in the Ontario legislature in June that removed public funding for services designed to “change or direct the sexual orientation or gender identity of a patient.”
Reacting to the news, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair called for Grewal’s removal as a candidate.”That type of statement is so totally inadmissible there’s only one possible outcome: Mr. Harper has to fire that candidate,” said Mulcair.
Although last week, the NDP campaign stood by Scarborough-Rouge Park candidate Rev. KM Shantihikumar who said he opposes abortion and same-sex marriage on biblical grounds. Shantihikumar said those were his personal views.