VANCOUVER, Canada—Former journalist Harpreet Singh has been named the Conservative candidate for the new riding of Surrey-Newton in this year’s federal election.
Singh, who’s worked as a television and radio host, political commentator, writer and producer for nearly 15 years, announced his intent to run earlier this month.
“I’m excited to be officially confirmed as the Conservative candidate,” Singh said in a statement Friday. “With the Prime Minister focused squarely on the needs of B.C. families, like announcing the new Family Tax Cut, and increasing the Universal Childcare Benefit, it’s clear that the Conservative Party understands the needs of families in Surrey-Newton, and across B.C.”
Singh said his campaign leading up to the Oct. 19 election will focus on tax relief for families, protecting Canadians and creating quality jobs.
“I’ve worked closely with many in our community over the past years, and I know there’s a lot at stake in this election,” he said. “With the stakes so high, so are the risks. On one hand, we have Justin Trudeau who would raise taxes, increase our debt and force our country into long-term economic decline. On the other, we have Stephen Harper who will balance the budget, cut taxes and provide a strong, serious leadership we need in our Prime Minister during times of uncertainty.”
Singh’s general election rivals in Surrey Newton are former Surrey Liberal MP Sukh Dhaliwal and current New Democrat MP Jinny Sims.