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Battleground Surrey: Suicide by Hepner Campaign – Done and over!


Linda Hepner glassesElection campaigns are the most stressful and most important moments in the life of any politician. Those few month every few years can elevate you to the next phase of your career or destroy you forever. Whatever is going in your life at that time you need particular profession, journalists, to enable you to reach your goal. Their work will give you either positive or absolutely negative picture in public and your chances will be that much better or worse on voting day. You might like or dislike them but there’s one rule: never lie on journalists. Especially don’t do it in today’s world of modern technology where every word, sound, picture or movie is preserved, protected and archived for the future. Or let me put it like this, as I usually say: Politicians are they’re own worst enemies and they often use boomerang to hit their own noses. Surrey mayoral candidate Linda Hepner and her campaign team did particularly that. It is a time to leave political scene! Continue reading “Battleground Surrey: Suicide by Hepner Campaign – Done and over!”

Battleground Surrey: Watts vs. Rasode


watts-rasodePolitical scene in British Columbia’s second largest municipality, now populated by more than half a million people, is changed forever and never again will be a same. One of the most influential and the most popular politicians not only in the province but in Canada Mayor Dianne Watts is faced with one of her once most prominent colleagues and Councillors. Barinder Rasode, first ever East-Indian Surrey elected Councillor, resigned last week from Watts’s Surrey First Coalition and decided to sit the rest of the term as independent.

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Premier Clark, municipal by-elections and taxpayers money


Premier Clark
Premier calls for leave of absence

The world of BC politics is always one of the most interesting parts of Canadian politics. In line with that Premier Clark on last general election failed to keep her own seat in Vancouver-Point Grey losing it to NDP MLA and her previous contender David Eby. As we know in following days or weeks province will organize by-election for Premier Clark in one of BC ridings so she can become MLA and form new government in days after that. That will cost BC taxpayers substantial amount of money which will be added to the bill which is already served for general elections. But Premier Clark has another big problem, this time with MLA’s who are in a same time elected officials in almost a dozen BC municipalities. Some of them are Councillors some are Mayor’s as Langley’s Peter Fassbender who’s one of the strongest candidates for Clark’s new Cabinet. Continue reading “Premier Clark, municipal by-elections and taxpayers money”

Guildford Town Hall: Pipeline, Illegal suites, Sustainable energy, Community pool and ward system


The Town Hall tour continued on Wednesday night this time visiting Guildford area and opening chance to the citizens to meet and ask some very though questions regarding the most important issues for this city centre. As that was a case on previous Town Halls The City of Surrey was represented by two Councillors Barbara Steele and Barinder Rasode, Planning & Development General Manager Jean Lamontagne, Engineering GM Vince Lalonde and several administrative officials. As we saw on one of the previous Town Halls, the Newton one, discussion focus was on crime, community facilities and transportation, Guildford meeting was focused on some different areas. Focus on Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion, eternal issue of illegal suites, sustainable energy, community pool and electoral reform which could reintroduce ward system.  Continue reading “Guildford Town Hall: Pipeline, Illegal suites, Sustainable energy, Community pool and ward system”

Historic elections of November 19th – Surrey goes with Surrey First, Bob Bose is retiring


SURREY – Last Saturday night all eyes in British Columbia were fixed on only two race, Vancouver and Surrey,everyone was interested to learn what would happen, who will be re-elected or elected and in which direction will go  two the most important municipal centers. While Vancouver race was pretty tight and on moments so interesting, Surrey’s fight for municipal leadership was not so interesting when it comes to tightness between candidates numbers it was more interesting in percentage difference which divide them on final count. Surrey’s fight transformed itself from election race to referendum on political future of the City but also whole community, decisions made on this elections will have a huge reflection on Surrey’s future, by the wish and votes of citizens.  Continue reading “Historic elections of November 19th – Surrey goes with Surrey First, Bob Bose is retiring”

South Surrey Debate: Divided on Summits, World Leaders and Spending – United in Transportation vision


SURREY  – Less than a week before final countdown all-candidates debates are the best element in pursuing undecided voters to support their political programs, giving them new chances to improve situation in Surrey, placing it on the path of success and regional importance. Surrey First, Surrey Civic Coalition candidates followed by independent candidates come out at South Surrey Rotary Field House, debate was organized by South Surrey Residents Association, to discuss general issues as taxation, environment and Eco-systems protection, business and investment plans, transportation but also to challenge each other stands on one of the most controversial issues in this year – Surrey Economic Summit/George Bush visit to Surrey in October. Two candidates, each from different candidates group [Mayoral and Councillor], put a great effort to come out and captivate attention of attendees with their statements regarding current situation in Surrey. Two dozens  candidates including incumbents lead by Mayor Dianne Watts and veteran Bob Bose repeated for so many times their devotion to accountability, accessibility and careful running of the City over next term if they got elected on Saturday, November 19th. Continue reading “South Surrey Debate: Divided on Summits, World Leaders and Spending – United in Transportation vision”

Surrey’s transportation “nightmare” is in question: Light Rail or Skytrain?


SURREY – As we’re entering last week of municipal election campaign every single opportunity to have candidates from all sides is greater and important for those who’ll cast their votes next weekend, especially to those who still didn’t made their final decision regarding support to one of the coalitions or independent candidates for Surrey Council and Mayor. Citizens Transportation Initiative hosted on Sunday afternoon their second debate on issues of Transportation in Surrey, featuring four very important topics and asking two candidates from all sides to answer on questions related to these issues. This debate was held at Fleetwood Library with slightly bigger audience than it was on their first debate two weeks ago at Newton Library.

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Newton Debate: Surrey’s Transportation System needs big improvements, Translink System is broken


SURREY – Upcoming municipal elections will determine Surrey’s direction during next three years, or in next election period, through decisions which will be made by re-elected or elected Councillors and Mayor of City of Surrey and that’s a perfect reason for public to examine several important issue and question candidates on it. Citizens Transportation Initiative (CiTI) invited all candidates for Surrey City Council to sit down and discuss issues regarding transportation in the City, relations with public transportation company Translink, biking and governance of Translink. Six candidates, including three incumbent councillors, got a chance to sit down and discuss all issues in beautiful Newton Library in front of 30 or so attendees. Surrey First (SF) Coalition was represented by incumbent councillors Linda Hepner and Marvin Hunt, their biggest opponents Surrey Civic Coalition (SCC) by incumbent councillor Bob Bose and challenger Stephanie Ryan, and at the end independent challengers were represented by Judy Higgenbotham and Bernadette Keenan as a Green Party Candidate.

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Battle for Surrey starts – Debates, interviews and social media


SURREY – Battle for second largest British Columbia municipal government seats, including the most important Mayoral, will get major boost starting from today. Over next several weeks Mayoral and Councillor candidates will faced themselves in several different battles for popularity and votes, all of them will try to attract new voters especially younger population, those battles will include face to face debates, media interviews featuring one or more candidates and wide spread social media world. First interviews including very good one in Surrey North Delta Leader by Kevin Diakiw already sparkled great debate on several issues especially on new City Hall situated in Central City area, which should become downtown Surrey core, following issues of accountability, transparency and relations with provincial and federal governments. Debate circle will be opened tonight at Surrey Centre Library featuring all Mayoral and Councillor candidates spreading through next few weeks of November closing it with same debate on November 15th just couple of days before Surrey citizens cast their ballots on November 19th. Continue reading “Battle for Surrey starts – Debates, interviews and social media”

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