Surrey election: Where mayor-elect Brenda Locke and her Surrey Connect party stand on six key issues

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Brenda Locke will be the new mayor of Surrey and she’ll have four Surrey Connect members with her on council. So, where does Locke and Co. stand on some of the hot-button issues in the City of Surrey?

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Prior to the election, we asked all of the parties fielding mayoral candidates where they stood on six different topics, ranging from the public safety to transit. Here’s a look at the promises Locke and Surrey Connect made:

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1. Housing

While Surrey provides more of the region’s family housing than some of its neighbouring municipalities, housing remains out of reach for many. How do you plan to address the housing crisis?

Red-tape reduction program to get building permits approved. Foster a better relationship with the provincial and federal governments to access funding. We need to get our fair share.

2. Development

The Surrey Langley SkyTrain project provides an opportunity for more development and densification along key transportation corridors. What kind of development do you support?

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High density near SkyTrain stations with lower density moving away from transit hubs. Keep the dialogue going to determine what communities need and how to address concerns over the development SkyTrain will bring.

3. Public Safety

What is your position on the transition from RCMP to a municipal police force? How would you address street-level crime?

Stop the police transition. Return to the RCMP, but provide a bridging program for Surrey Police Service officers who have already been hired. Provide more resources to police and fire. Enhance crime prevention programs, including better facilities for youth.

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4. Community Facilities

How will you ensure community facilities, including sports, recreation and arts centres, keep up with Surrey’s rapid growth?

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If RCMP remains, there will be more funds to provide community facilities. Surrey is far behind on everything and underserved for the growth of its population.

5. Transportation

What are your priorities for new road and transit infrastructure? How will you link city centres?

More transit options to meet demand. Big projects are slow to come. We need transit tomorrow. Increase buses, including rapid bus in north and south Surrey. Work with transportation experts.

6. Taxes

What is your commitment on property tax increases and other taxes set by the city?

Keep taxes as close to the line as we can. Take stock of city finances and debt as Canada possibly heads into a recession. The last thing we want to see is more burden on taxpayers. Every plan will be fully costed and made public.

(Responses have been edited for clarity and length.)

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