It looks like provincial Liberal backbencher Tony Bhullar's nomination bid in Surrey-Panorama Ridge may be contested. According to the rumour mill, Hans Trucking Ltd. president Bob Hans is also contemplating running for the nomination. But when Public Eye spoke with Mr. Hans earlier this afternoon, he declined to confirm those rumours, instead saying, "I'm interested in helping the Liberals anywhere I can help them out, wherever they prefer me to do a job. So that's all I can say right now."
But when we asked the trucking company owner whether Surrey-Tynehead MLA David Hayer was involved with his nomination campaign (introducing him to the party's movers and shakers, etc.), Mr. Hans said, "It's not only David Hayer. I know a lot of people in the Liberal party - Brenda Locke, Kevin Falcon, Rich Coleman, Rob Nijjar, Patty Sihota, Harry Bloy and Randy Hawes. I've been involved with the party quite a bit, so I know a lot of people...So it's not only one person. No one controls Bob and Bob's not controlled by any one person."
Mr. Bhullar, who currently represents Surrey-Newton, earlier announced he would be vacating his riding to make room for former Olympian Daniel Igali. A nomination meeting date for Surrey-Panorama Ridge has not yet been set.