Nina Grewal

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Narinder Kaur Grewal
MP
Nina Grewal.jpg
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Fleetwood—Port Kells
Incumbent
Assumed office
2004
Preceded by New Riding
Personal details
Born (1958-10-20) October 20, 1958 (age 55)
Osaka, Japan
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Gurmant Grewal
Residence Surrey
Profession Businesswoman, Sales manager

Narinder Kaur "Nina" Grewal, MP (born October 20, 1958), is a Canadian politician of the Conservative Party. She was elected in the general election of June 2004 to represent the constituency of Fleetwood—Port Kells, British Columbia.

Grewal was born in Osaka, Japan in 1958. She and her husband lived in Liberia before emigrating to Canada, where she raised her young family while working as a sales manager selling Registered Education Savings Plans. Grewal became an active member of the community and the Reform Party of Canada (subsequently the Canadian Alliance and Conservative Party of Canada), participating in many national and regional conferences and conventions. She is married to former Member of Parliament Gurmant Grewal, and the Grewals were the first married couple in Canadian history to concurrently serve as federal MPs.

Grewal is a member of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Sub-Committee on International Human Rights, and she has served on the Immigration, Canadian Heritage, and Status of Women committees.

During her first term, she introduced a private members motion seeking to raise the age of consent. While the then-Liberal government defeated the measure, the subsequent Conservative government put it into law. She also proposed measures to tackle identity theft (with Bill C-271) and to amend the State Immunity Act (Bill C-346), both of which were incorporated into government legislation and subsequently passed. In addition, she pursued bills against child pornography (Bill C-347) and regulations for the volume of television commercials (Bill C-621). The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission later decided to implement her proposals entirely.

From May 15–18, 2005, Grewal's husband surreptitiously taped his discussions with the Liberal Party in which he was enticed by the Liberal government officials to crossing the floor to the Liberals in exchange for patronage positions. The Liberals were concerned to save the government during the vote of confidence and had also contacted MPs Chuck Cadman, Inky Mark and Belinda Stronach who had actually crossed the floor and was made an instant minister. When the audio tapes were released, Nina Grewal publicly refused to comment about these discussions but the Grewals had explained in detail to the Parliamentary Ethics Commissioner about the discussions on May 16.[1]

On November 29, 2006, it was announced that Nina Grewal would be standing for re-election, even though her husband was not. She successfully defended her seat in the 2006, 2008, and 2011 federal elections.

Grewal announced her support for Motion 312, a motion that would have Canada reexamine their definition of when human life begins.[2]

Electoral record[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ±pp Expenditures
Conservative Nina Grewal 23,950 47.5 +2.8
New Democratic Nao Fernando 16,533 32.8 +10.0
Liberal Pam Dhanoa 8,041 16.0 -10.1
Green Alan Saldanha* 1,476 2.9 -3.5
Libertarian Alex Joehl 370 0.7
Total valid votes/Expense limit 50,370 100.0
Total rejected ballots 266 0.5 0.0
Turnout 50,636 53.7 -2
Eligible voters 94,302
  • * Alan Saldanha withdrew after a controversial quote on Facebook.
Canadian federal election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±pp Expenditures
Conservative Nina Grewal 21,389 44.7 +11.2 $79,909
Liberal Brenda Locke 12,502 26.1 -5.5 $75,331
New Democratic Nao Fernando 10,916 22.8 -2.4 $65,022
Green Brian Newbold 3,045 6.4 +4.0 --
Total valid votes/Expense limit 47,852 100.0 $88,579
Total rejected ballots 219 0.5 +0.2
Turnout 48,071 56 +3
Canadian federal election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ±pp Expenditures
Conservative Nina Grewal 14,577 33.5 -2.3 $72,464
Liberal Brenda Locke 13,749 31.6 +2.1 $54,768
New Democratic Barry Bell 10,961 25.2 -2.8 $18,907
Independent Jack Cook 3,202 7.4 +7.4 $75,818
Green Duncan McDonald 1,059 2.4 -3.9 --
Total valid votes 43,548 100.0
Total rejected ballots 127 0.3 -0.3
Turnout 43,675 59 0
Conservative hold Swing -2.2
Canadian federal election, 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ±pp Expenditures
Conservative Nina Grewal 14,052 35.8 $67,710
Liberal Gulzar Cheema 11,568 29.5 $69,483
New Democratic Barry Bell 10,976 28.0 $7,669
Green David Walters 2,484 6.3
Marxist–Leninist Joseph Theriault 167 0.4
Total valid votes 39,247 100.0
Total rejected ballots 218 0.6
Turnout 39,465 59

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Grewal-Dosanjh Inquiry Office of the Ethics Commissioner. (January 2006)
  2. ^ Wherry, Aaron. "Macleans.ca - Motion 312 comes to a vote". Macleans.ca. Macleans.ca. Retrieved September 26, 2012. 

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