|BC Liberal candidate Marvin Hunt, ex-candidate Sukh Dhaliwal, Premier Christy Clark at Laxmi Narayan Mandir Hindu temple in Surrey on March 26 - photo from temple Facebook page|
Bill Tieleman’s 24 Hours/The Tyee column
|Sukh Dhaliwal, unknown person, Christy Clark, unknown person pose at temple March 26 - photo from temple Facebook page|
UPDATE - Response from Jaspal Atwal
I received this email from Jaspal Atwal today, as did 24 Hours Vancouver newspaper.
I disagree with his assertions below but he has every right to his opinion and I present it for your information:
From Jaspal Atwal:
I find it terribly hypocritical that BC Conservative Leader John Cummins says that Premier Christy Clark held an “inappropriate” meeting last week with former BC Liberal candidate Sukh Dhaliwal who faces six federal charges for failing to file corporate income tax returns.
Has Cummins very conveniently forgotten his own criminal record?
While Dhaliwal is innocent until proven guilty (unless of course there is one standard for white guys and another for brown guys!), Cummins was actually convicted on SIX counts for “purchase, sell or possess illegally caught fish” in 2011.
Bill Tieleman in his column on Tuesday also unnecessarily dragged in my name for something that happened 26 years ago. He wrote: “BC Liberal Party executive member Tariq Ghuman resigned his position after taking responsibility for bringing Atwal – who was convicted of shooting a visiting Indian cabinet minister in 1986 – to the legislature.”
I have served my time and am carrying on legitimate business. Does that mean that I cannot ever participate in society?
Or is it because I am a brown guy while Tieleman and Cummins are white?
Some time ago, when I confronted Cummins for having brought up my past and pointed out that he too was a convict, he had the decency to admit his mistake and apologized to me.