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Piragal Thiru gets Liberal nod for Scarborough-Rouge River provincial byelection
Source : Scarborough Mirror
Piragal Thiru, a “steadfast Liberal” since he was 14, will the provincial party’s candidate in the Scarborough-Rouge River byelection.
A party insider, he came to Canada as a refugee at age 11, but hasn’t run for office before.
“This is not over. We have work to do,” Thiru told fellow Liberals Sunday afternoon after being declared winner of the nomination.
He directs diversity and inclusion policy for York Region, and is also the party’s vice president of engagement.
Now, he’ll get ready to face two well-known local politicians: Raymond Cho, a city councillor running for the Progressive Conservatives, and Neethan Shan, a New Democrat and public school trustee.
Both Cho and Shan have run for MPP before in Scarborough-Rouge River.
But Thiru said the open nomination race between six candidates gave local Liberals a great start, as they signed up over 5,000 memberships.
“This gets the Liberal conversation going in the riding,” he said before the result was announced.
Earlier, he acknowledged the party, which has been in power since 2003, has more to do in Scarborough.
“I am confident we can come to the table and get transit built in Scarborough, finally”
Only 1,562 eligible members voted, and the votes received by individual candidates – which were calculated on a ranked ballot – weren’t released.
Rathika Sitsabaiesan, the riding’s former MP, likely came the closest to Thiru. She said the two campaigns were “neck and neck” in signing up members, but Thiru’s supporters had a two-week head start.
“It is what it is, and in the end they ran a good campaign,” she said, adding the most important thing now is to win the byelection caused by the March resignation of MPP Bas Balkissoon.
Thiru invited Sitsabaiesan and his other rivals Viresh Mathur, George Singh, Dewitt Lee and Kiri Kathigesu to share the spotlight with him in a show of Liberal unity.
Liberals will need that unity, Thiru suggested, to fend off Cho and win the by-election, which Premier Kathleen Wynne has yet to announce.
Other Liberals at the Scarborough Convention Centre in Malvern Sunday agreed the party benefited by keeping the nomination process open.
“This was an opportunity for the Liberals to grow in strength and stature, and I think we achieved that,” Lee said.
He added people in the community should take advantage of the media focus a by-election will bring and get their “asks” ready.
Singh, who has run five times in the riding, suggested the party faces a tough fight against Cho, a longtime local councillor who, with former mayoral candidate Doug Ford managing his campaign, will have the name recognition of the Ford family behind him. “I think it will be a mix of dirty politics and name recognition,” Singh predicted.
Ontario’s Greens have yet to select a candidate.
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