Mississauga-Malton has a new Liberal candidate for the 2022 election. The Liberal Party of Ontario made the decision Saturday during a nomination meeting for the riding, bringing community volunteer and caseworker Aman Gill in as the chosen nominee, after a process that saw four other nominees, including Mannu Dutta, Javed Kharun, Ahsan Khandakar and Aslam Rana, vying for the role.
A total of 1304 votes were cast in the online voting. In the first ballot, Gill received 566 votes, followed by Dutta at 388, Rana at 209, Kharun at 89 and Khandakar at 53. In the final ballot, Gill took 647 votes while Dutta received 484 votes. Gill, a former employee in Liberal leader Steven Del Duca’s office, was champion as a good social worker and candidate. “I’m happy to welcome Aman Gill to our team,” said Del Duca on Saturday. “Aman’s experience and passion for affecting change in his community will be a welcomed addition to our party, and to Queen’s Park.” Aman Gill’s father, Atma, has been associated with the Liberal Party for a long time, and is very close to federal minister and Malton MP Navdeep Bains and his family.
“Thank you Mississauga-Malton for all your support and for putting your faith in me… I am determined to fight for Mississauga-Malton and help deliver a real plan for Ontario,” Gill said after the nomination meeting. The nomination meeting was also marred by allegations of possible rigging in the voting process, with complaints over participants’ unique PIN codes used to vote being sent to a fake email account, where it could be utilized on their behalf. “We have identified 200-250 emails and a complaint has been lodged with the party,” said a campaign volunteer, who did not wish to be identified, in regards to the issue. Aman Gill, as seen in an undated handout photo. (Photo Courtesy of OPL)