Nina Grewal (born October 20, 1958), is a Canadian politician of the Conservative Party. She represented the constituency of Fleetwood—Port Kells, British Columbia from her election in the 2004 federal election to her defeat in the 2015 federal election by Liberal MP Ken Hardie.
|Member of the Canadian Parliament|
for Fleetwood—Port Kells
June 28, 2004 – October 19, 2015
|Preceded by||New Riding|
|Succeeded by||Ken Hardie|
|Born||October 20, 1958|
|Residence||Surrey, British Columbia|
|Profession||Businesswoman, Sales manager|
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 which, he claimed, showed Liberal government officials enticing him to crossing the floor in exchange for patronage positions. The Liberals were concerned with saving the government during the vote of confidence, and had also contacted MPs Chuck Cadman, Inky Mark, and Belinda Stronach (the last of whom did cross the floor, and was made a minister). When the audio tapes were released, Nina Grewal publicly refused to comment about these discussions; the Liberals were cleared of any wrongdoing, and the Grewals had to explain in detail to the Parliamentary Ethics Commissioner about the discussions and secret tapings on May 16.
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, but lost in the 2015 election.
Grewal announced her support for Motion 312, a motion that would have Canada reexamine their definition of when human life begins.
|2015 Canadian federal election: Fleetwood—Port Kells|
|New Democratic||Garry Begg||10,463||21.46||-11.60||$100,039.24|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||48,763||100.00||$206,797.64|
|Total rejected ballots||269||0.55||–|
|Liberal gain from Conservative||Swing||+24.90|
|Source: Elections Canada|
|2011 Canadian federal election|
|New Democratic||Nao Fernando||16,533||32.8||+10.0|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||50,370||100.0||–|
|Total rejected ballots||266||0.5||0.0|
- * Alan Saldanha withdrew after a controversial quote on Facebook.
|2008 Canadian federal election|
|New Democratic||Nao Fernando||10,916||22.8||-2.4||$65,022|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||47,852||100.0||$88,579|
|Total rejected ballots||219||0.5||+0.2|
|2006 Canadian federal election|
|New Democratic||Barry Bell||10,961||25.2||-2.8||$18,907|
|Total valid votes||43,548||100.0|
|Total rejected ballots||127||0.3||-0.3|
|2004 Canadian federal election|
|New Democratic||Barry Bell||10,976||28.0||–||$7,669|
|Total valid votes||39,247||100.0|
|Total rejected ballots||218||0.6|
- The Grewal-Dosanjh Inquiry Office of the Ethics Commissioner. (January 2006)
- Wherry, Aaron. "Macleans.ca - Motion 312 comes to a vote". Macleans.ca. Macleans.ca. Retrieved September 26, 2012.
- Elections Canada – Confirmed candidates for Fleetwood—Port Kells, 30 September 2015
- Official Voting Results - Fleetwood—Port Kells
- "Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates". Archived from the original on August 15, 2015.