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Surrey BC. Sahiba Singh Former mayor Bob Bose says Surrey ripe for “dark horse” candidate, with the return of Doug McCallum in City Politics. The dark horse is Indo-Canadian Vikram Bajwa and his team, who are poised for a Win at the City Hall, come November Municipal Elections. The return of Doug McCallum could spoil Linda Hepner’s chances of becoming the next mayor of Surrey, says MLA Marvin Hunt, former councillor. “Doug McCallum’s entry into race would tend to have more an effect on Linda Hepner,” Hunt told the Straight in a phone interview . McCallum lost the mayor’s seat in 2005 to current officeholder Dianne Watts, and is said to be contemplating a comeback. He is expected to make an announcement about his plans on Monday (July 7). Watts isn’t running for another term. Her Surrey First team has anointed Hepner, a councillor, as her successor, with issues of crime, over spending of $ 45 Million on City Hall, with the challengers opting to Investigate the “City Hall contracts of $ 98 Million Dollars”. Meanwhile, Rasode, a councillor who bolted Surrey First, is widely anticipated to declare that she wants to become mayor, but she carries the baggage of Surrey First during her association with Surrey First and was part of the Team, who built the new City Hall, which smells of corruption and favoritism. She also encouraged the South Surrey Casino project and even voted for it, while the Residents won, objecting to it. Rasode was guided to leave Surrey First, with only one sole purpose of repeating what Dianne Watts did in 2005, which has backfired, when the residents understand her motives of self promotion. “Why did she vote for the Casino, if she was concerned about the crime”, asks Newton Resident Association. According to Vikram Bajwa, it’s possible that McCallum may come back not as mayoral contestant, but as a candidate for council, perhaps even joining Barinder Rasode, but both will be defeated, Surrey is now following Toronto’s Olivia Chow and how she wants to get rid of baggage of Surrey First, Doug McCallum and Hepner, asserted Bajwa. Whatever McCallum decides , it’s not going to be good news for Surrey First’s Linda Hepner and Rasode, said Jim Peterson. Based on the 2011 census, 40.5 percent of Surrey’s population are foreign-born immigrants. The most common countries of birth of immigrants living in the city are India at 37.6 percent and the Philippines at 10.8 percent. Indo-Canadians, have already decided to give Vikram Bajwa, a chance at City Hall, for curbing crime with his strategy of a local police force like Vancouver “Surrey Police Department”, with a Fair proportion of South Asian Police Officers. Indo-Canadians have made up their mind to punish Surrey First of discrimination and stress the needs of their community and representation at City Hall and obtaining a Fair share in Cities economic policies, said Herb Sangha, a UBC Political science student, who has been following the rise of “Multiculture Politics”, in Surrey and Richmond BC. Vikram Bajwa presents the options for the first immigrants from Punjab India and his Multiculture team will sweep the Elections in November.

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