Barinder Announces her Campaign for Mayor of Surrey
Barinder Rasode is here to do what's right for the people and community she serves.
Barinder's children, Kyle, Calvin and Ish stand with their mom, as she works to create a better future for them, and opens the next chapter in her service to the people of Surrey.
This year's election will be a choice about whether we build a safe and prosperous city or maintain status quo. A lot of progress has been made and some very painful lessons have been learned – such as the consequeneces of not investing into public safety.
Complacency has built our current culture of neglect. Today's situation is not acceptable:
- Weapon crimes are up 79%
- Auto crime is up 79%
- Property crime is up 51 %
The dollars that should've gone into fighting crime, went elsewhere. We simply don’t have enough officers to deal with the level of crime in our community. The Surrey RCMP has nearly twice the caseload as the VPD, meaning calls are going unanswered, cases aren't getting solved and our neibhourhoods are suffering.
Complacency built this culture of neglect.
It's what happens when you don't think like a tax payer. It's time to get our priorities straight. Barinder plans to:
- Reduce officer response times by 50%
- Double the number of officers on the road
- Hire 200 community safety personnel, including new bylaw and crime prevention officers
Surrey is now the fastest-growing city in BC and one of the fastest-growing cities in Canada. Surrey is expected to be the largest city in B.C. with more than 760,000 residents. It’s our fundamental responsibility to ensure families are safe. And, people tell me every day they don’t feel safe.
Barinder says getting people and goods moving across the city is also critically important to the economic and social success of Surrey. The bottom line is that our city desperately needs a connected and efficient urban transportation system. Families are fed up with the traffic and lack of transit in Surrey.
As part of her plan, Barinder will:
- Deliver rapid transit to Surrey, including Light Rail, more rapid buses and enhanced community shuttle service
- Invest in roads and intersections so families, businesses, cars, trucks, bikes, pedestrians and transit riders can get moving again
Surrey is dealing with serious crime and transportation issues because investments in these areas haven’t kept up with the city’s rapid growth. She says it’s imperative the City plan and manage growth in a smart and responsible way, and now is the time for action because another 100,000 people will move to Surrey over the next 10 years.
Barinder commits to:
- Make life more affordable for families & keep taxes low
- Create new employment & ensure Surrey becomes a magnet for investment
- Lead thoughtful planning, including high quality, sustainable development that respects the character of neighbourhoods
- Restore trust by creating the most open, accountable and transparent municipality in Canada
- Find the waste and abuse of tax dollars at City Hall and put an end to it
- Establish a Community Think Tank Team, and institute public representation on every City committee
Barinder believes that we need to give the community a voice and we need to start respecting tax dollars, because waste and abuse of taxes will cripple our city. Transparency prevents corruption and stops reckless spending. Municipal governments have the power to affect change quickly and aggressively, if thre is the political will to do so.
Over the coming weeks, Barinder will outline a detailed plan on how to execute her vision, which will be realistic, affordable and measurable.
Barinder launched her campaign after an extensive community consultation process with residents and business about how to fix public safety problems and improve the economy of Surrey.