Origins

The Formation of the Safe Surrey Coalition

The Safe Surrey Coalition represents a serious response to the growing problems of crime and insecurity infiltrating the streets of our city.   Faced with a Mayor and City Council that continues to show a complete lack of understanding for the needs of the community, the Safe Surrey Coalition has come together to offer citizens a clear plan and a decisive commitment to take immediate action.

Led by Mayoral candidate Doug McCallum who proudly served the City of Surrey as Mayor for 9 years, the Safe Surrey Coalition encompasses a group of candidates with diverse community involvement, political affiliations and professional backgrounds, who are united by one overpowering concern: Public Safety.

The priorities of Surrey residents are unmistakable.  In a March 2014 poll conducted by Insights West, the views of residents were heard loud and clear:

  • 51% list crime as the most important issue facing the city
  • 49% of residents believe that crime as increased over the past 5 years
  • 53% are “a great deal” or “a fair amount” fearful of becoming a victim of crime
  • 48% feel unsafe walking in their neighbourhood after dark
  • 69% feel there is “insufficient policing and a lack of resources to combat crime”
  • Only 27% are supportive of the way their municipal government is handling the issue of crime

In response, Councillor Linda Hepner launched her campaign to be Mayor by stating that “just a ferris wheel” on the waterfront was a “vision that I would like to see happen…because that’s what moves you to greatness.”

Councillor Barinder Rasode, a member of Surrey First for 5.5 years, has voted for every Police Committee meeting she has attended since 2008 to remain closed to the public.  Her performance on the issue of crime was described in an April 2014 email by current Mayor Dianne Watts to all of Council:

“As Chair of the Police Committee and holder of the Public Safety Portfolio for years you never once mentioned…nor did you bring any of these issues of ‘concern’ to Council or to the Police Committee over those years.  Not until Julie’s death and then chose to do it through the media and still to this day you have not brought this ‘issue’ forward at a Council meeting or budget meeting or the Police Committee.”

Personal politics of ambition and division are the wrong direction for Surrey.  The time for action is now.

The Safe Surrey Coalition is proud to present our Public Safety Platform for consideration by the citizens of Surrey.  This is the first of several policy proposals that will be released over the coming months.

Uniformed Police on Patrol

Due to an Access to Information request filed by Doug McCallum, Surrey residents discovered that on any given shift, there are only 36 uniformed RCMP officers on patrol. This equals 1 officer for every 14,156 residents in Surrey. This is one of the lowest ratios the Metro Vancouver.

LEADERSHIP TEAM

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Block Watch: The Great Uniter

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Fear Mongering? Hardly

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Voting Records on Public Meetings

Since November 24, 2008, which was the first Police Committee meeting held after the 2008 civic election, there has not been one dissenting vote recorded against any motion to close the respective meeting off to the public.

Both Linda Hepner and Barinder Rasode voted unanimously to close meetings in every vote they attended.

The Cost of New Cityhall

The new Surrey City Hall will end up costing taxpayers’ far more than the original quote provided by city officials. The initially quoted cost of $97 million will balloon to $145 million due to interest payments that will be spread out over the next 25 years. The budget is split into 2 mortgages, with one for $52 million at 4.2% and the other at $45 million at 2.9%.

CONTACT US

If you would like more information about the Safe Surrey Coalition campaign, or would like to ask one of our candidates a question, please fill out the form below and we will be back in touch very quickly.

Can you help us phone through some up voters to help identify Safe Surrey Coalition supporters? Do you speak another language besides English? We can use your help in calling voters to identify our vote.

Is your home in a high traffic area? Would you like to have a Safe Surrey Coalition lawn sign to show your support?

Canvassing door to door as part of our Safe Surrey Coalition volunteer teams is essential to getting people out to vote on November 15. Whether it is door knocking with our candidates, or simply dropping pamphlets, this is a way for the Safe Surrey Coalition to expand our reach into the community.