Outline of Surrey’s Political Parties: Surrey Forward, led by Genie Sims IG News

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Surrey mayoral candidate Genie Sims is running in the crowded field of seven other candidates for the city’s top job, with the same level of determination that took her from teacher to union president to elected office.

The municipality with a motto, which has changed from “City of the Parks”, to featuring a beaver logo, is attracting political stalwarts such as Sims with the silhouette of the high-rises to “the future lives here”. , who has taken leave from his role as MLA. Campaign.

Sims, 70, and a grandmother, are running a well-organized and flashy campaign taking brutal targets on Surrey’s current mayor Doug McCallum.

What is Surrey Forward?

Surrey Forward is the name of a new party created by Genie Sims earlier this year.

Sims is an NDP legislator and former MP who has promised to step down if elected this October. She has also previously been the president of the BC Teachers Federation.

Sims is running for a council seat with Surrey forwards Jun Liu, Ramon Bandong, Theresa Pidcock, Philippe Aguirre, Jody Toor, Arsh Mander and Paramjit Malhi.

What is their biggest issue?

The issue that animates Sims the most is the idea of ​​removing “corruption” from City Hall, which she says is mostly due to current Mayor Doug McCallum.

“The current mayor has completely discredited the office,” she said.

“He has a criminal charge, he’s going through a trial and he pretends nothing is wrong, he’s cut anyone who disagrees with him.”

Sims said she would bring back many of the advisory committees that were removed during McCallum’s tenure, reduce the number of private council meetings, and create more transparency around development applications.

“We need a city hall that is fair to everyone, not just a select few who have exclusive backroom access to the mayor,” she said.

“when you have [transparent] Then people know and can simplify the process so that they don’t feel like they need to know other people in order for it to work for them.”

What will they do about policing?

Sims takes no position about staying with the incoming Surrey Police Service or going back to contract policing under the RCMP.

Instead, she promises to study the issue for three months after being selected, “to obtain all the necessary data so that we can make an informed decision.”

At the same time, while she says that McCallum “messed up the transition,” she claims that the issue is less important to Surrey residents than some of her rivals – notably McCallum and Brenda Locke – have brushed it off. have make.

“Most people in Surrey are not concerned about the uniforms,” ​​she said.

“They’re worried about the shootings, they’re worried about their young people dying… Let’s focus on safety and security.”

What are some of his other promises?

Sims has promised she will fight for increased bus service, especially at night, and a SkyTrain line from Newton to South Surrey, which would require billions of dollars from higher levels of government.

Sims also promises to double the number of permits issued for new housing, but with a focus on buildings below the market.

On climate issues, Sims focused on increasing transit, saying it was important to create adequate routes between Surrey’s six city centers (City Centre, Newton, Guildford, Cloverdale, South Surrey, Fleetwood).

“If those six town centers are interconnected with a rapid bus system that runs regularly every 10 minutes, that would cause a lot of people to run out of cars, and then we could end up with a lot of other issues with the environment. Will work on it.”

But even on transit, The Sims traces the issue back to corruption and transparency.

“The rest of Surrey has been left when it comes to public transport to accommodation,” she said.

“People are realizing that it’s not fair that some people are driving development here and they want it to be blown away.”

CBC News will outline all the political parties in Surrey ahead of the municipal elections in October.

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