PREMIER John Horgan on Thursday in a statement said: “Public safety and policing is a critical issue for people in Surrey. They deserve to feel safe in their community, and I and everyone in my caucus take this issue very seriously. That’s why we’ve invested in public safety and crime prevention programs such as those that target guns and gangs in Surrey, and across the province.
“Two years ago, Surrey City council voted to end their contract with the RCMP and transition to a municipal police force. The law in our province is crystal clear: large cities like Surrey have the right to determine how police services are delivered and we are acting in accordance with the law.
“Andrew Wilkinson and The BC Liberals are now trying to play politics but their Surrey MLAs have repeatedly acknowledged that this decision is up to the municipality. Our responsibility in government is to ensure any change is done in a way that prioritizes public safety. That’s what we’ve focused on.”