Almost 30 years ago, our family settled in Surrey. Yes, we heard all of the Surrey jokes, but in the last nine years, we’ve heard them a lot less since Dianne Watts, Linda Hepner and Surrey First came on the scene.
Equally important to us is the fact that our kids grew up playing on some of the best fields and rinks in the Lower Mainland and, now, they can actually afford to live in their hometown, something that’s not possible in Vancouver.
From our family’s perspective, our city is heading in the right direction, and on Nov. 15 we have a unique opportunity in front of us.
Imagine what could be accomplished in Surrey with Linda Hepner as mayor, Dianne Watts as a Surrey MP and our five government MLAs (including three cabinet ministers) all working together for our city. It would be a political trifecta, something that doesn’t happen that often, here or anywhere else.
With that kind of teamwork, leadership and people who can clearly work together, there’s not much Surrey couldn’t accomplish at here at home, in Ottawa or in Victoria. That’s good news for major projects like light-rail transit and other infrastructure projects that rely on the city, province and feds to work together.
You don’t have to be a gambler to see what this political trifecta could mean to our city and its future. Now, all we have to do is pick the right horse on Nov. 15.
(Editor’s note: Mr. Stowe works with Surrey First as communications manager.)