Calgary-Skyview incumbent seeking to overturn election results

Newly-elected Liberal MP George Chahal was videotaped taking Conservative party flyer from a Calgary home the night before his election win

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The now-outgoing MP for Calgary-Skyview will ask an Alberta court to overturn the riding’s election results.

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Lawyers for Conservative incumbent Jag Sahota, who lost her seat to Liberal candidate and Calgary city councillor George Chahal in last week’s federal election, are in the process of filing an application in the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench to quash the results — owing to the ongoing investigation over a video seemingly showing Chahal remove one of her flyers from a Calgary home last week and replace it one of his own.

Declining to offer details as the application has yet to be filed, Kyle Shewchuk of Calgary’s Guardian Law Group confirmed that overturning the results in Calgary-Skyview is one of the resolutions being sought in court.

In a story first reported by the Toronto Sun, a doorbell camera caught Chahal removing one of Sahota’s flyers from Calgary resident Glenn Pennett’s front door the night before the election and replacing it with one of his own.

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Pennett told the Sun he had a Jag Sahota sign on his front lawn.

Chahal’s campaign manager Randall Zalazar admitted to the Sun that Chahal took the flyer, but claims it was because it contained incorrect information on where to vote on election day — but both Pennett and Sahota told the Sun it was Chahal’s flyer that directed voters to a non-existent polling place.

Liberal candidate George Chahal’s flyer, left, and Conservative Jag Sahota’s, right
Liberal candidate George Chahal’s flyer, left, and Conservative Jag Sahota’s, right

While Sahota’s flyer listed the correct ballot location for his postal code — a school just around the corner from his home — Chahal’s directed Pennett to vote at a school over 16 km. away, one that doesn’t appear on Elections Canada’s list of election day polling places.

Unlike other Liberal candidates who won on election night, Chahal kept himself out of sight since the story broke.

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Sources say Chahal was a no-show at rookie MP orientation day at Parliament Hill on Monday, but apparently presented himself in Ottawa on Wednesday.

On Friday, Calgary police confirmed their anti-corruption unit had commenced an investigation, but on Tuesday CBC Calgary reported the Commissioner of Canada Elections (CCE) had since taken carriage of the case, with CPS offering support.

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A Calgary police spokesperson declined comment on Wednesday, and the CCE routinely doesn’t disclose the disposition of complaints or if investigations are underway.

bpassifiume@postmedia.com
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