Q & A

Questions to the People Running for Councillors in Surrey 2018

 

Thanks Bernice,

Thank you to get in touch with me. Below are my answers. I would also love to hear what you’re opinions are to these matters as every opinion matters and all voices should be heard. My voice is the publics voice once elected as council. If majority of people have consensus then this will count as the publics voice. I will always be willing and able to take advice on any subject and open to suggestions. It takes everyone’s input in the community to build a good city.

1. Policing – would you prefer to stay with RCMP, or make a move toward a separate / city police force?

I believed it will cost a lot of money to change the RCMP to Local police force. This also does not guaranty to fix the crime problem or even come up with solutions to create a safer community. We need more police to service this large city, as many as Vancouver does per capita. The number being proposed is at least 150 more officers. And having a Public Police Oversight Comity would also give us more say in how the RCMP would be run and how long officers should stay in the community before allowed to leave and not get acquainted with the citizens(and the bed guys within our community.


2. Transit – in general, is your preference towards LRT or Skytrain style projects?

I always like Sky train, No lights, No extra traffic on the congested roadways, and almost always on time. It will cost more money to build the Skytrain, but why not charge the developers with an “Air Rights” clause for additional funding. This should be done with planning and zoning and working with the communities along the proposed routes. Since any properties along the skytrains proposed route would be a benefit to the landholders sharing the costs for developing and the infrastructure should be a logical shard commitment. The city can offer a developer higher zoning for offset capital towards social housing and transportation(Skytrain). It has been done in other parts of the world, why not here too!

3. Commuting / development – Some of our roads have not kept pace with the growing community, and in some cases the roads are “like a wagon trail” (72nd Ave from 184 St to the TOL). Sixteenth Avenue should be turned into a proper highway with 4 lanes.
On a scale of 1 (least important) to 10 (most important), how do you view the development of roads during or prior to the building of homes and other buildings?

I agree with you, A lot of road has not kept up with city growing. This is something our businesses and citizens(myself included) are very concerned with. The goods and services need to be able to move freely around the city and in and out of the city. A great deal of public consultation should be done around our road networks and the improvement and acquisition of land that could help with this should be on the table of discussions right away. In fact all public consultations should be done with transparency and in a timely manor. I give this an 8 out of 10 since it affects our peoples health and our businesses degree of investment.

4. If considering federal politics, where would you place yourself on a scale of 1 to 10 (with 1 being left leaning and 10 being right leaning)?

I have not thought about this too much. I generally like to look at all aspects of whom I am voting for and what they stand for more than I vote for an ideological party line. As I am I would hope more people vote independent as they do not have to pull a party line and can vote with decisions that make the most sense for all the people.

Cheers,:

 

 

Questions from Heather:

 

Greetings

I have read all your bios and they sound impressive.

Since you have covered much, I have a some questions for y’all.

One – is what is your opinion on coloured side walks being painted on Surrey streets?

And some agree to expanding skytrain and leaving LRT behind and I am in agreement with this; what are your thoughts?

This may seem petty, but I would like to see metres marked around fire hydrants- sometimes it is hard to judge and parking tickets are then issued and can be expensive (other cities do mark around hydrants).

I agree with more police in Surrey as well. Living in West Cloverdale for the past 5 years there have been deaths by violent ways (due mainly because of drugs), and many car accidents in this vicinity – some also causing deaths.

There are more questions but can wait for now.

It is decision time and I am looking forward to good changes in our growing city.

And looking forward to hearing from you to help with my decision making.

Sincerely
Heather

Answers to Heather:
Hello Heather,

Thanks for reaching out to us and getting our opinions and getting yours. This is great for democracy, an open and transparent government is what I strive to bring to council.

LRT, is not what the people want, I have had some deep thoughts on this subject. I feel Surrey has been left behind in our transit and transportation needs. Bot going with LRT will cause delays(which I think hurts) but not going for a Skytrain that connects the region together will hurt Surrey and the region even more. And the majority of people I speak with are opposed to LRT. If we are looking into the future Skytrain should go to the Abbotsford Airport so that Surrey can have access to an international airport. This would bring in business development from the rest of the country and other parts of the world.

Coloured sidewalks, or crosswalks? I don’t think the tax payers money should be sent in such a way. Does this not cost $10,000 each crosswalk? We could put this into other programs that bring in more bang for your buck in ways to bring the city together and bring culture into our lives.

I believe getting rid of the RCMP would be dangerous, The transition period between the two police forces could cause havoc. Beside all the grass routes programs that are in place would be lost and how detrimental would this be. I strongly think we need a Police, Public, Oversight Comity so we have more say in how the RCMP is run, how many Police would be on the streets, where to be placed, how long they would be based in our City. We need more say in how the operations would be to keep our city safer.

Of course having lost my Husband to a robbery in Cloverdale makes safety and security my number one issue. Bringing in youth mentorship programs is also top of list, lets get the next generation of Surrey’s children a better place to grow up with more options for success.

As an Independent my voice is the people voice. 

Democracy is best served when their is a balance of power. Not one party should be able to run a government, a voice or two of different opinions is valuable and necessary for keeping things and people in check. Having a voice that represents more the people than a Party is in my mind essential to a Great Government.

 

Questions from Mrs D

 

Hi Mrs D.
Thank you to get in touch with me.
1. Skytrain.
I always like Sky train, No lights, No extra traffic on the congested roadways, and almost always on time. It will cost more money to build the Skytrain, but why not charge the developers with an “Air Rights” clause for additional funding. This should be done with planning and zoning and working with the communities along the proposed routes. Since any properties along the skytrains proposed route would be a benefit to the landholders sharing the costs for developing and the infrastructure should be a logical shard commitment. The city can offer a developer higher zoning for offset capital towards social housing and transportation(Skytrain). It has been done in other parts of the world, why not here too!
2.  RCMP. I believed it will cost a lot of money to change the RCMP to Local police force. This also does not guaranty to fix the crime  problem or even come up with solutions to create a safer community. We need more police to service this large city, as many as Vancouver does per capita. The number being proposed is at least 150 more officers. And having a Public Police Oversight Comity would also give us more say in how the RCMP would be run and how long officers should stay in the community before allowed to leave and not get acquainted with the citizens(and the bad guys within our community.)
3. Merry Christmas.
have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
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Questions from Pierre,

The Canadian Government is considering giving municipalities the ability to ban guns.

 

Would you vote in favor of banning guns in Surrey?

 

Thanks for your time.

 

Pierre Fauchon, Surrey

I will support that. Whoever get caught carrying a hand gun and restricted forearm should be Mandatory minimum sentencing. Like Australia.
My Husband was gun down at my own home at 11.30Pm during a home invasion 3 years ago. The Guy was on $1000 cash bail out on a breaking and entering and raped a girl case.
Hope you support me.
Questions from Alexis,

As the municipal election draws nearer I am reaching out the candidates to better understand their position on important issues to me.

 

-In a recent climate report written by the UN, the world’s leading climate scientists warned there is only a dozen years for global warming to be kept to a maximum of 1.5C, beyond which even half a degree will significantly worsen the risks of drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of people.  What do you plan to do to make significant changes, locally, during your time in office?

 

-Conservation of the environment and wildlife are extremely important to me, but with many people choosing to move to Surrey there has, and continues to be, significant urban development.  What are the ways in which you will make the environment and wildlife preservation a priority?

 

-Canada currently has some of the WORST animal protection laws in the western world. Cosmetic testing, fur and factory farming  just to name a few.  What is your stance on animal rights and welfare?  How will you be the voice of the voiceless and transform the laws?

 

I look forward to your response,

Alexis

Hello Alexis,

Of course the environment is important to me and my children, and the future children of my children. We all must take steps to make our environment more sustainable and have less pollution. I have often thought that our elected officials can make changes in building codes to bring in reusable power options(power poles, thermal loops, solar generation) and better building sciences. I also believe change is going to come through innovation.
I would also like to see our streams and rivers have Salmon and other fish coming back to spawn. This could be done through small hatchery programs.
As a city we need to grow up and not out. Keeping canopy cover is important for us and our wildlife. We must look at England to see what they have done and are doing to keep the country growing while protecting ALR and wildlife.
Animal protection is something that has come to my attention recently, and the number of companies that have cruel practices amazes me. The only things that came to mind on these is to make these practices more known and by which companies use inhuman practices so the public can make better decisions on who they support. Of course I am always open to suggestions.
Questions from Shane

Hello,

Thank you for taking the time to respond to my request.  I am reaching out to all candidates to get answers to the following 4 questions to which I will be making my voting decision.
If elected as Mayor or to City Council
1.  Will you cancel the planned Newton-Guildford LRT, proceed as planned, or other?
2.  What is your plan for transit for the Surrey-Langley corridor? Bus, LRT, Skytrain, or other?
3.   What practical plans do you have to make housing in Surrey more affordable?
4.   What measures and plans do you have to keep our taxes down?
Please note that I am a 100% undecided voter and will be making my decision based on those who respond to me.  Thanks again for your time and and thank you for putting in the effort to run for public service.
sincerely,
Shane W.
Question 1 & 2,
 I have spoken with truckers, commuters, people that use transit, and come to the conclusion there was little to no public consultation on these matters
I feel that the LRT is not wanted by the mass majority of the Surrey citizens, or other areas South of the Fraser.  There is much concern about the funding in place for the LRT system, but I am sure with the will from the people, the elected officials we can come up with changing the funding from the Governments that have promised the money to the transit issues here. Using B-line buses is a great option for North South routes would increase the amount of people that could get to a Skytrain that would get them further out to the valley.
3. This is a major concern to me. We don’t need and can’t afford to have a brain drain from our region because people can’t afford to live and work here. Other parts of the Lowermainland don’t have employees that can work where they live and are struggling to keep doors open and in some cases shorting hours and days to accommodate the lack of employees. This is a drain on our economy and needs to stop right away.Other parts of the world have used “Air Rights” that will allow city zoning to give more density and higher capacity to allow for in exchange affordable housing. The city owns land throughout the city, lets get shovels in the ground to build affordable housing options for the working classes of Surrey citizens. In West Vancouver they are looking at building housing options for their teachers and first responders. Really I think “All” options need to be put on the table.
4. As a person that has been very successful in running my own business I know that this comes from prudent planning, fiscal responsibility, and hard work. Making sure that all these are measures put in place to our city staff at all levels is important. Building a culture in the work force of open to ideas, team work, and fiscal management from the top down is key to keeping taxes down and possibly reducing them.  Opening up procurement process to be more transparent is part of culture I want to bring into city hall to assure the people we are working diligently and with the best intensions to be fiscally responsible.
Thanks Again for your input and taking a step for a collective democratic governance.
A voice for an Independent is a voice for the people
Question from Maggie,
Hi,
Just going through the book that came out, “Your City, Your Vote” since you are a candidate for Councillor, I am wondering what your opinion is regarding SOGI 123 Curriculum. I look forward in hearing back from you.
Maggie J.

Hello Maggie,

I feel this is a real concern for people as I have been asked this question by many people even thou it is not a a civic issue or policy.
Coming from a large family that is very close maybe I have learned my values are conservative in nature. I think this would put me in the no to SOGI. However replacing it with something that would not get rid of the anti-bullying part of the curriculum. Teaching kids about other matters in SOGI I think to be very honest is strange and not sure why such an agenda is placed on such young people. Lets let our kids be kids and find more appropriate ages to talk about such matters.