Surrey Liberals prepare for next federal election

SURREY — Surrey’s federal Liberals met Saturday to elect a new leadership team, in light of six new B.C. ridings to come into effect during the 2015 federal election.

Suki Dakha, the former Liberal riding treasurer for Newton-North Delta, has been elected president of the party’s riding association for the new Surrey-Newton riding.

“With our new leader Justin Trudeau, I have been sensing a high degree of enthusiasm in our community for the Liberal Party,” Dakha said.

The new Surrey-Newton riding is bordered by Scott Road to the west, 144th Street to the east, 88th avenue to the north and Highway 10 to the south. It takes in parts of Newton-North Delta, Surrey North and Fleetwood-Port Kells.

“Our party is well positioned to win back the Surrey-Newton area,” Dakha said. New Democrat MP Jinny Sims currently holds Newton-North Delta, after defeating Liberal MP Sukh Dhaliwal in the 2011 general election.

Saira Khan, from Newton-North Delta, and Jack Hundial, from the Fleetwood-Port Kells riding, with serve as first and second vice-president.

“I am pleased that our riding executive will be balanced with men and women, as well as members from the many ethnic communities and neighborhoods from the entire riding,” Dakha said.