Liberal MPP Harinder Takhar won’t be running for a seat

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There is change in the air and everyone can feel it. This seems to be case more so in Mississauga-Centre which has been represented by veteran Liberal MPP Harinder Takhar since 2003. For reasons not quite known, MPP Harinder Takhar won’t be seeking re-election and instead the Liberal Party has announced Bobbie Daid.

Up until recently Shafqat Ali, a local real estate agent was apparently hoping to be nominated for the riding of Mississauga-Centre, but according to his anguished Facebook post, he told his supporters, “Leader Kathleen Wynne has appointed another candidate and there will be no open Nomination. I was shocked & disappointed with the UNFAIR and UNJUST process of the appointment. I understand that the Leader has constitutional right to appoint 5 candidates in Ontario but in this case I was dragged till eleventh hours and assured till last minute that it will be an Open Nomination.”

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Bobbie Daid is a telegenic businesswoman who has run in two previous elections but failed in both bids.

In 2014 she ran in the riding of Dufferin-Caledon, coming in a rather close second with 31 per cent of the vote to PC MPP Sylvia Jones’ 39 per cent.

In 2011, Daid was a candidate in the Mississauga Ward 5 by-election for city councillor, which was ultimately won by now mayor Bonnie Crombie.

In a statement she said: “I’m honoured to be joining Premier Kathleen Wynne’s team to ensure we continue to invest in the transit, health care and community supports Mississauga needs. This government has been a steadfast partner for Mississauga, working to invest in our growing, diverse city. I am excited to campaign on bold, progressive policies like free tuition, free prescription medication for children and youth and soon for seniors, free preschool, and a $15-an-hour minimum wage.”

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Meanwhile the PC candidate Tanya Granic Allen who has been a lightning rod for controversy over her past homophobic remarks as well as anti-Muslim views is set to face down Daid. -CINEWS

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