An open letter from Amarjeet Kaur Chhabra

a photo of Amarjeet Kaur Chhabra

I’ve received tremendous support from both friends and strangers while pursuing recourse from the NDP over the flawed nomination process which unfolded in the Scarborough-Guildwood riding where I put my name forth as a candidate. I’ve received even more support from array of citizens and friends when on advice from my legal counsel I reluctantly decided not to pursue my grievance through the courts.

Unfortunately, there were a few who suggested that I have no stomach for a fight or worse that I have somehow ceded to the NDP machine. Nothing can be further from the truth. To begin with, I took a lot of risks to even put my name forward as a candidate. There were party voices who tried to dissuade me from running. I had to consider that my own career could be at risk and many other factors that weighed in the decision to run.

Once the nomination process was over, both the riding association executives and I raised our concerns to the party secretary and when not given satisfactory answers, the riding association raised those concerns publicly. Again, had there been any outside influence for me to accept the outcome, I wouldn’t have continued with my fight. Finally, when all other avenues of recourse were exhausted without satisfactory answers to my concerns about the process, I sought legal advice. My legal counsel had a full and frank discussion with the NDP’s lawyers about the events that took place at the Scarborough-Guildwood NDP nomination meeting on July 7, 2013. I continue to have concerns about the process followed at that nomination meeting. However, in light of the circumstances, including the limited time before the by-election, I will not be pursuing legal action.

I have never claimed to be perfect. I have had my shares of mistakes. But, I have learned from them, and those who know me, know I’m a fighter. I will continue to fight flawed and unfair nomination process with all the means available to me, especially since I’ve been contacted by many others who experienced similar injustice in the past, with the hope of making this process more fair and transparent.

Amarjeet Kaur Chhabra
Candidate, Scarborough Guildwood by-election, 2013

3 thoughts on “An open letter from Amarjeet Kaur Chhabra”

  1. I’m glad you wrote this,and I trust you’ll get better answers on the memberships at some point. I never doubted you’re a fighter. It must have been discouraging to have the nomination snaffled. If you run again for the NDP, you’ll know to keep your elbows up. I hope you do run again.

  2. Hats off to you Amarjeet! The magnanimity, many times strangely enough, has to come from the underdog in order to show the meanspritedness of the otherside. Mandela is the living proof of our times who by being magnanimous had won the freedom for his people. Odly enough, this is happening on his birhday. This should be seen as your strength not your weakness. Stand your ground, all is well.

  3. Amarjeet, I was very dismayed to hear about the outcome of the nomination process….but glad to know that you are planning to run on another occasion. You are a wise woman and will hold elected office in the future.

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