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CanadaLiberals gear up to take on former star Jody Wilson-Raybould in Vancouver riding

16:01  14 august  2019
16:01  14 august  2019 Source:   msn.com

Liberals name challenger to Jody Wilson-Raybould in upcoming federal election

Liberals name challenger to Jody Wilson-Raybould in upcoming federal election Former Vancouver mayoral candidate Taleeb Noormohamed will be acclaimed on Aug. 13 to run against Wilson-Raybould, who is running as an independent.

FILE - Jody Wilson - Raybould appears at the House of Commons Justice Committee on Parliament Hill OTTAWA – The Liberals now have a candidate in the British Columbia riding of Vancouver Wilson - Raybould , who won the seat for the Liberals as a star candidate with about 44 per cent of

OTTAWA — The Liberals now have a candidate in the British Columbia riding of Vancouver Granville, where their biggest rival will be someone they once called their own. Taleeb Noormohamed, a 42-year-old tech entrepreneur, has been acclaimed as the Liberal vying to unseat Jody Wilson - Raybould

OTTAWA — The Liberals now have a candidate in the British Columbia riding of Vancouver Granville, where their biggest rival will be someone they once called their own.

Taleeb Noormohamed, a 42-year-old tech entrepreneur, has been acclaimed as the Liberal vying to unseat Jody Wilson-Raybould, the former justice minister now seeking re-election as an Independent candidate.

Wilson-Raybould, who won the seat for the Liberals as a star candidate with about 44 per cent of the vote in 2015, rocked the Trudeau government earlier this year with allegations that she had been improperly pressured to end a criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin.

High profile could help Jody Wilson-Raybould keep her seat away from Liberals

High profile could help Jody Wilson-Raybould keep her seat away from Liberals OTTAWA — There had been a few names floating around when the Liberals were seeking a candidate for the newly created riding of Vancouver Granville in the last federal election, but it soon became clear the party brass had only one person in mind. That was Jody Wilson-Raybould, then a B.C. regional chief of the Assembly of First Nations, who quickly became one of the stars Justin Trudeau and his team were promoting heavily in their bid for power. "They certainly dissuaded anyone else from running," Sam Wyatt, who was on the board of the local Liberal riding association at the time.

Jody Wilson - Raybould PC QC MP (born March 23, 1971), also known by her initials JWR and by her Kwak’wala name Puglaas, is a Canadian politician and the Independent Member of Parliament for the

Jody Wilson - Raybould was at the heart of the SNC-Lavalin scandal and is sitting as an Independent. The Liberals now have a candidate in the British Columbia riding of Vancouver Granville, where their biggest rival will be someone they once called their own.

The controversy, which saw her resign from cabinet and ousted from the Liberal caucus, sent the party into a tailspin, from which its fortunes have not fully recovered.

Trudeau has maintained that no one did anything wrong in exploring a deferred prosecution agreement, as allowed by law, for the Montreal-based engineering firm.

Noormohamed says he wants to focus his campaign on local issues such as housing, transit and climate change, which he says he is hearing about a lot more than SNC-Lavalin.

"I think that most people are focused on the future," he says.

The New Democrats, who placed second with about 27 per cent of the vote in 2015, chose climate activist Yvonne Hanson as their candidate. Zach Segal, a former political staffer in Ottawa, is running for the Conservatives.

Ethics committee to decide whether to dig deeper into SNC-Lavalin report

Ethics committee to decide whether to dig deeper into SNC-Lavalin report OTTAWA — A handful of MPs are returning to Parliament Hill to figure out whether they should dig deeper into the federal ethics watchdog's scathing report of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's handling of the SNC-Lavalin affair. Conservatives and New Democrats pushed for Wednesday's emergency meeting of the House of Commons ethics committee, where MPs will debate whether to invite ethics commissioner Mario Dion to testify. They could also try to call Trudeau, who was found to have violated the Conflict of Interest Act by improperly pressuring former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to halt criminal proceedings against the Montreal engineering giant.

VANCOUVER - Supporters of Jody Wilson - Raybould in her Vancouver Granville riding say they're disappointed she was ejected from the Liberal Trudeau's government has been tormented for weeks by allegations that the Prime Minister's Office pressured Wilson - Raybould , the former attorney

Wilson - Raybould , who represents a Vancouver riding , accepted the position of veterans affairs minister Earlier on Monday, Trudeau had told reporters in Vancouver that he had “full confidence in Jody ” and Trudeau said his government will continue to take direction from Indigenous Canadians.

The Green candidate is Louise Boutin, a realtor, and Naomi Chocyk, a one-time constituency staffer to Wilson-Raybould, is running for the People's Party of Canada.

Noormohamed, who saw some of his campaign signs defaced when he ran unsuccessfully for the Liberals in North Vancouver in 2011, says he also wants to talk about the importance of guarding against racism.

"I think people here are very concerned that we make sure that we, all of us who are going to be engaging in the debate and the dialogue, do not turn our backs on the whole idea of pluralism and the incredible value that diversity brings to this country," said Noormohamed, whose parents immigrated from East Africa in the 1970s.

Joanna Smith, The Canadian Press

Wilson-Raybould says she was contacted by RCMP amid SNC-Lavalin scandal.
Jody Wilson-Raybould says the RCMP contacted her in the spring but says the nature of the conversation is confidential.

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