Kevin Falcon supports ‘smooth and successful transition’ of Surrey’s local police force

BC Liberal Leader Kevin Falcon on Thursday promised members of the Punjabi Press Club of BC that he “will work hard for smooth and successful transition of Surrey’s own local police force.”

Prominent Punjabi journalist Gurpreet (Lucky) Sahota told The VOICE that he pointed out to Falcon that his predecessor Andrew Wilkinson took a stand against a municipal police force during the last provincial election with the result that the BC Liberals did not get a single new seat but rather ended up losing one riding in Surrey.

Falcon then told the Punjabi journalists that he respects the voters’ mandate and he would work hard for a smooth and successful transition from the RCMP to Surrey Police Service.

This comes as a slap in the face of those Surrey Councillors who have been hell-bent on sowing chaos and confusion about the ongoing transition. As it is, sources in the government have told The VOICE that there is no way that the SPS can now be disbanded.

Yet councillors Brenda Locke and Jack Hundial have been trying every trick in the book to try and convince voters that they will be able to reverse the whole transition process if Locke is elected mayor. Not only will she have to win the mayoral race, but she will also have to have a majority of councillors to support her. That is, of course, nothing but a joke. Locke has a history of being a political loser.

Locke and the RCMP have managed to remain in the news because of a few white nationalist journalists in the mainstream media who have made it a hobby and a habit of attacking Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum who won the last election on the promise to replace the RCMP in Surrey with a municipal police force. But Surrey-ites have developed a disdain for this fake media — they rely more on ethnic news sources as the last provincial election vividly demonstrated.

THE VOICE has consistently highlighted these facts:

1. Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum and seven of his Safe Surrey Coalition members won the 2018 municipal election fair and square on the pledge that they would form a Surrey police force to replace the RCMP. In fact, all the eight new Councillors, including the lone one from Surrey First, voted to ditch the RCMP at the very first Council meeting.

2. The Police Act says that any city with a population of more than 5,000 can decide what type of police force they want. So, when the City of Surrey approached the Provincial Government with its proposal, the latter had no option but to give the go-ahead. In spite of three Councillors ditching McCallum’s group, the mayor still controls the majority vote in Surrey Council.

3. Among the tactics that the pro-RCMP forces started resorting to was the call for a referendum on the change in policing. However, legally, only the City can authorize such a referendum – the Province or the federal government cannot.

4. Surrey voters delivered a slap in the face of those who want to keep the RCMP in Surrey in the 2020 provincial election when they not only re-elected all six incumbent NDP MLAs – Jinny Sims (Surrey-Panorama), Rachna Singh (Surrey-Green Timbers), Jagrup Brar (Surrey-Fleetwood), Harry Bains (Surrey-Newton), Bruce Ralston (Surrey-Whalley) and Garry Begg (Surrey-Guildford) – but also booted out Marvin Hunt (Surrey-Cloverdale) and replaced him with the NDP’s Mike Starchuk in spite of the BC Liberals and RCMP supporters making the police transition the hot issue in the city in the 2020 election. Then-BC Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson was apparently misled by the white nationalist mainstream media.

5. Last November the failure of the Surrey Police Vote initiative that wanted to Keep the RCMP in Surrey showed how hopeless that cause was right from the start. And its organizers were disgraced and humiliated when it was revealed that the RCMP’s National Police Federation had donated more than $104,000 of the total of $118,264 that the campaign received, according to financial documents filed to Elections BC. The real people of Surrey forked out just over $14,000. Some support, eh!