In an interview with Public Eye, provincial New Democrat executive director Gerry Scott confirmed Tony Nobody's nomination papers were rejected by the party's provincial executive three days ago. Mr. Kuo had earlier announced he would be running for the New Democrat nomination in Burnaby-Willingdon before going on vacation.
According to Mr. Scott, the former federal Liberal non-candidate was rejected because the 32-person executive didn't think it would be appropriate for a potential New Democrat MLA to have recently flirted with running for the Campbell administration. That's a reference to a story, published in the Vancouver Sun back in November, which quoted an email from Mr. Kuo where he wrote "I have a B.C. Liberal nomination package and a B.C. (New) Democrat nomination package. I am facing a dual draft movement from the B.C. Liberals and the B.C. (New) Democrats."
Mr. Scott also added that, yesterday, the provincial executive approved nomination papers for Chinese media commentator Gabriel Yiu and failed Vancouver-Kensington nomination candidate Umendra Singh, both of whom will now be running for the party nod in Burnaby-Willingdon.
Already campaigning for that nomination are former British Columbia and Yukon Building and Construction Trades Council executive director Tom Sigurdson, provincial New Democrat Burnaby-Willington 2001 election candidate David Myles and lawyer Michael Walton. Messrs. Walton and Sigurdson rumoured to have dropped out of the race and endorsed Mr. Yiu.