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.