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Dr. Sarwan Singh Randhawa, well-known champion of diversity, seeks nomination as Conservative candidate in Surrey Centre

DR. Sarwan Singh Randhawa announced on Friday that he is seeking the nomination for the Conservative Party of Canada in the Surrey Centre riding for the 2019 federal elections.

The incumbent MP is Randeep Sarai of the Liberals who won in 2015 with 45.07 per cent of the vote, defeating then-MP Jasbir Sandhu of the NDP, who got 30.08 per cent of the vote. The Conservative candidate, Sucha Thind, came third with 19.81 per cent of the vote.

As a resident of Surrey for over 18 years, Randhawa says he has a deep understanding of the problems and priorities of Surrey residents and is eager to make Surrey “a better place to live, study, work, do business, raise a family, and enjoy life.” For the last five years, he has been a captain of the Surrey RCMP Block Watch in Whalley and has been working hard to reduce crime in Surrey Central.

Randhawa was born in India and immigrated to Canada in March 2000. He has two Masters’ degrees as well as a Doctorate degree. Since November 2002, he has been working with the Fraser Valley Regional Library at the Township of Langley Libraries. At present, he is working as a Community Librarian-Supervisor at Muriel Arnason Library. He is a driving force behind multicultural programs and services. Being fluent in English, Hindi and Punjabi, with speaking skills in Urdu, Randhawa is keen to unite people of various cultural backgrounds into a safe, strong and rich-cultured Canadian community, he says.

He is very active in the community and has been recognized several times for working towards building cultural connections. He has received several awards, including the Fraser Valley Cultural Diversity Award for Marketing and Outreach, the Ambassador of Diversity, the Community Builder, and the Champion of Diversity. He has served on the board of directors of several community organizations, including Langley’s International Festival Society, the Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Society, Langley Arts Council, the Intercultural Harmony Society, and the Township of Langley’s Anti-Racism and Multicultural Task Force.

Randhawa says: “Having lived in Surrey for many years, I have witnessed a decline in the quality of life especially in public safety and affordability. Local issues include youth gang violence, drugs, and lack of opportunities for people. These are big problems that must be resolved. Hundreds of young men and women have lost their lives to gang wars and overdoses but unfortunately the Liberal government has failed to bring any solutions. In addition, I have also seen an increase in poverty in my community and homeless persons. I feel their voices are not being heard in the political sphere and I want to represent them along with others.”

Randhawa says he has a very diverse approach and is able to represent all people of the community no matter what their background or status.

Sarwan says, “I believe my past experiences related to community building, crime reduction, and immigrant and refugee integration, among others, can help me to become the changemaker that Surrey Centre needs. My motto is: Safety, Affordability, and Opportunity.”

If you want to know more about Sarwan and support him, visit his website sarwancanada.ca and email him at info@sarwancanada.ca or you can find him on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter by searching @SarwanCanada

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