Law-abiding citizens are being ignored

I voted for this mayor and council (regrettably now) on the mandate that they were going to fix the illegal suites problem.

After four weeks of reporting by The Surrey-North Delta Leader’s Kevin Diakiw about the plight of Surrey residents dealing with illegal and multiple suite in their neighbourhoods, countless letters to editor, and comments posted almost all in favour of enforcing the unauthorized suite bylaw, the City of Surrey in its infinite wisdom has decided to ignore its law-abiding citizens like we are a bunch of mindless morons and talk about allowing multiple suites in certain areas.

Perhaps council can’t hear the people of Surrey from its ivory tower, but what I hear is people don’t want multiple suites.

Most citizens don’t even want illegal suites.

I voted for this mayor and council (regrettably now) on the mandate that they were going to fix this problem and yet nothing. And now they actually want to turn back the clock and reverse council’s previous decision.

I ask you this, Mayor Dianne Watts: Why do the majority of citizens that oppose illegal and multiple suites have to suffer and our voices aren’t heard in order to accommodate the few law-breaking individuals?

I will wait for your response, but please try not to use terms “30 years in the making” and “a quick fix is elusive” because the honest citizens of Surrey need a mayor with solutions, not excuses.


Jeff Vandermeer


Surrey North Delta Leader

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