SURREY Mayor Doug McCallum and the new members of Surrey City Council – Safe Surrey Coalition Councillors Brenda Locke, Steven Pettigrew, Doug Elford, Laurie Guerra, Dr. Allison Patton, Jack Hundial and Mandeep Nagra along with Surrey First Councillor Linda Annis – officially took the oath of office at an inauguration ceremony held on Monday evening at City Hall.
Immediately after being sworn into office, Surrey City Council convened a regular council meeting where a motion was introduced and passed to cancel the Surrey Newton Guildford LRT project and to begin work on extending the existing SkyTrain network in Surrey from King George Station to Langley City.
Council also approved a motion to start work on creating a Surrey Police Department and serve notice to the Federal and Provincial governments that the City of Surrey will be terminating its contract with the RCMP municipal police service.
Both motions were also supported by Surrey First’s Annis.
“What City Council has done is immediately deliver on the wishes of the people of Surrey,” said McCallum. “It was very clear to me that with all the people I spoke to and heard from that SkyTrain and Surrey establishing its own municipal police force are what is best for our city. As the elected representatives of the citizens of Surrey, we are delivering not just what we promised to do, but we are acting on what the people have said would be best for their city.”