B.C. Politics Archive

The City of Surrey is embarking on a massive overhaul, as departments within the municipality are being completely reorganized, Postdeadline has learned.

Postdeadline has received a copy of a confidential memo sent to all City of Surrey departments regarding the changes within the organization.

The March 15 notice from Surrey City Manager Vincent Lalonde indicates Surrey will create a Department of Corporate Services, which will oversee legal services, human resources and information technology.

“The role will focus on aligning and optimizing the work of various teams that support the overall core deliverables of the city,” Lalonde writes in the memo.

In addition, Surrey will be creating a position for Director, Strategic Initiatives and Corporate Reporting.

This department will be responsible for ensuring “select strategic initiatives” that span multiple departments are delivered smoothly and effectively. Read more…

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Anyone wondering what that immense thunderclap was over South Surrey on Thursday night, it was a Barinder Rasode’s unannounced mayoral campaign receiving a huge reception at MyShanti, Vikram Vij’s new restaurant.

For the first time since it opened, Vij shut down his Indian restaurant for a private party.

What was stunning about the event celebrating Rasode, is that every political stripe was represented.

There was Rasode’s team of course, which includes former NDP president Moe Sahota and federal Liberal Mark Marissen.

There was also the likes of Liberal MLA Marvin Hunt and Surrey Board of Trade CEO Anita Huberman.

Huberman noted that she was also at a Surrey First event in celebration of mayoral candidate Linda Hepner.

What is astonishing about this broad spectrum of celebrants is Rasode hasn’t yet publicly declared she is running.

It seems obvious to all, inlcuding Vij who announced her as “Surrey’s next mayor” before her speech.

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Linda Hepner sits in a sofa chair in the living room of her comfortable South Surrey home and tells The Leader in an exclusive interview what many have suspected for some time.

She would be announcing in a few weeks that she would be Surrey First’s choice for mayor heading into this November’s election.

She says she has the full support of her team to lead them into the next civic election.

The only other contender for the job within the Surrey First ranks was Coun. Bruce Hayne, who stepped aside and said he was backing Hepner.

She sat down with The Leader on June 2, under the condition that the paper not publish the story until the day before she announced it. Read more…