Why did Tariq Ghuman resign from BC Liberal Party Executive because he brought convicted attempted assassin Jaspal Atwal to the BC Legislature for the BC Budget - but stay on as both riding president of BC Liberals in Surrey-Panorama and riding president of federal Liberal Party in Surrey North?
|Jaspal Atwal & then-Liberal Party of Canada leader Michael Ignatieff, |
The current LPC website for Surrey North has an obvious alteration since my original post was published Wednesday - the contact name and email for Surrey North riding president Tariq Ghuman has disappeared!
Twitter messages last night in response to my original story below suggested that perhaps the LPC website had not been updated - and sure enough, Ghuman was gone today.
Still unclear - is Ghuman the current provincial BC Liberal Party riding president for Surrey-Panorama and cabinet minister Stephanie Cadieux?
Likely not, given all the publicity over Ghuman bringing convicted attempted assassin Jaspal Atwal to the BC Legislature as a guest of the premier's office for the BC budget speech.
But like Premier Christy Clark dodging questions about Atwal's possible role in her campaign, don't expect a straight answer on what happened to Ghuman either - my questions below remain largely unanswered.
The federal Liberal Party of Canada, the provincial BC Liberal Party, Tariq Ghuman and Premier Christy Clark have a lot of questions to answer.
Ghuman resigned Wednesday as a Director and member of the BC Liberal Party for bringing to the BC Legislature - as a guest of the premier - Jaspal Atwal. Atwal, as we now know thanks to the Vancouver Sun's Kim Bolan and two MLAs who complained to the Speaker, attempted to murder Indian cabinet minister Malkiat Singh Sidhu near Gold River in 1986, twice shooting the Punjabi politician. [Sidhu was later assassinated in India.]
Question #1 - why did Ghuman quit the BC Liberal Party executive but stay on as president of BC Liberal cabinet minister Stephanie Cadieux's Surrey-Panorama riding association?
If his serious error in judgement was enough to quit the executive, why hasn't he resigned from that post as well?
Question #2 - if Ghuman rightly quit the BC Liberal Party executive over this matter, why does he remain as president of the federal Liberal Party of Canada riding association of Surrey North as of February 29?
Question #3 - what does the Liberal Party of Canada think of Ghuman inviting to the BC Legislature a man who attempted to kill an international official visiting this country? Is he an appropriate LPC riding association president?
Question #4 - what does former Liberal Party Member of Parliament Ujjal Dosanjh think of Ghuman's role as a federal riding association presidency? Dosanjh has been an outspoken opponent of the use of violence in support of Punjab independence.
Atwal was acquitted of charges he beat Dosanjh in February 1985.
Question #5 - what exactly did Atwal do that caused ICBC to win a $28,000 judgement against him in court in connection to allegations of stolen car fraud?
Question #6 - what did Ghuman know about Atwal's past conviction and other background when he asked him to accompany him to the BC Legislature as a guest of the premier?
None of it, some of it or all of it?
Question #7 - what role did Ghuman play in Christy Clark's BC Liberal leadership campaign?
Question #8 - did Atwal play any role in that campaign?
Question #9 - how does the Indian government feel about Atwal being a guest at the BC Legislature?
None of these questions have yet been publicly answered, to the best of my knowledge.
CKNW's Sean Leslie got hold of Ghuman's resignation letter, in which he apologizes to Liberal Party president Sharon White and takes responsibility for getting Atwal into the BC budget speech as a substitute guest on the premier's ticket without divulging who Atwal was: