Sukh Dhaliwal, Member of Parliament for Newton – North Delta, has been selected to serve as the Chair of the North and Western Caucus in a unanimous vote held at the Liberals’ caucus meeting this Wednesday. Chosen by his peers, the decision is a testament to the respect that Dhaliwal has earned within the caucus.
“I am very pleased to have been elected to this important position as a result of tremendous support from my colleagues,” said Dhaliwal. “As Chair, I will bring strong, independent leadership that will put the interests of the West first. We will push for the West’s priorities to be heard on the national stage.”
Dhaliwal cited his independent voice and grassroots approach as the reason for the results. As Chair of the North and Western Caucus, Dhaliwal will speak every week at the meeting of Liberal National Caucus on behalf of the western provinces and the territories. He will also Chair the regional caucus’ weekly meeting and sit on the National Caucus executive.
It is a common refrain that the Conservative government has taken issues in the West for granted, Dhaliwal says.
“Whether it has been support for the troubled forestry industry or the fight for First Nations’ rights, Stephen Harper’s government has been missing in action. If Conservative MPs and Senators are not going to stand up for the rights of the West, then it is important that the Liberal Party continues to fight to have our voices heard,” Dhaliwal concluded.