Surrey, BC. Simran Thandi. The 16 Wards system proposal is popular among residents, especially Indo-Canadians, while Surrey Police Department and Surrey International Airport, lay the crime and economic agenda of Mayoral Vikram Bajwa, weighed heavily in a recent Independent Poll in the City. With less than four months to go before Surrey elects a new mayor, Doug MaCallum and Surrey First Linda Hepner are in neck to neck fight, amongst each other, paving the way for the First Indo-Canadian to take the lead at the Polls.
Following 9 years of Mayor Dianne Watts rule in the City Council, Surrey residents appear to be ready for their municipal government to work in a different fashion. Almost 63% residents would like to have councilors who can work together in a coalition, with less than 5% residents prefer to have Surrey First Councilors. Crime and Public Safety continues to be the top issue facing the city, followed by Fair representation of wards, transportation and Multiculture issues. Surrey Development Corporation and $ 98 Million spent on the new City Hall, restricted Mayor Dianne Watts, to recontest the 2014 Municipal elections, slated for November 15, this year.
Majority of the residents, including the Ethnic groups from India, Pakistan, Phillipines, Korea, who represent 58% of the City Voters believe the Conservative win plan of Surrey First, smells of racial voting patterns for the last 6 years, including the denial of Surrey Wards and opposition to South Surrey Casino, adds a laundry list to their baggage of the last 9 years. While Bajwa and MaCallum’s proposal to elect Surrey City Council by 16 Neighborhood wards resonated with the voters, conversely Surrey First Hepner’s budget to build a ferris wheel on the beach wedged between the Patullo and Skytrain bridges was deemed, another very bad planning as City Hall, by 70% of Surrey Residents. Surrey Resident Jim Walters, compares Toronto’s Olivia Chow to Vikram Bajwa, on handling the Public Safety, Transportation, Transparency, while Linda Hepner to Mayor Watts, with Doug MaCallum , with a record of past failures, as options for the new Mayor. Barinder Rasode seems to be hiding in the “The Hub”, waiting for a word from Federal or Provincial leaders, to divide the multicuture votes of Mayoral Bajwa, to favor Linda Hepner claims Sukhjinder Dhillon, member BCPP.