On Sunday, provincial New Democrat Yale-Lillooet election candidate Harry Lali hosted a $100 ticket fundraiser attended by around 400 people. But, according to our spies, the event wasn't held in his home riding. Instead, the former cabinet minister raised the cash at the Grand Taj Banquet Centre and Restaurant in Surrey, which is a considerable distance away from Merritt and its surrounding environs.
Also using the centre this coming weekend is former Newton-North federal Liberal candidate Sukh Dhaliwal. Mr. Dhaliwal and his consistuency association are hosting a similarly priced dinner with Citizenship and Immigration Minister Joe Volpe.
Party insiders say Mr. Dhaliwal is organizing this "auspicious" event as part of his bid to run for the Grits in the next election. But, in an interview with Public Eye, the Indo-Canadian big wig refused to confirm or deny those reports, saying, "It's too far away. An election has not been called. And the nominations have not opened up yet. So it's a closed process at this point in time. So only time will tell."