Fight to keep the Surrey – North Delta Reporter RCMP campaign “unfinished”

Now they are really crazy.

There is no appetite for abandoning the fight against Surrey’s decision to replace the RCMP with a city police force, despite solicitor Mike Farnworth making a sensational advance in the city’s suit last Thursday by giving the thumbs up creating a police council to get the new force up and running.

While it may be suspected, given the latest development, that some residents angry that Surrey has abandoned the RCMP would be tempted to throw in the towel. Instead, it infuriated them further and, politically speaking, Surrey’s NDP MLAs are now in a prime position.

“It’s not over,” says Paul Daynes, strategist for the Keep The RCMP campaign in the Surrey campaign. “We will never give up, we are here to win. By winning, we define that by keeping the RCMP in Surrey and I can give you a statement right now, we will win. We are absolutely determined.”

Daynes said last week’s announcement that he had been inundated with calls from volunteers and supporters who “want to do more, want to volunteer for the first time.” The South Surrey resident has a list of capitulations that his group is asking the provincial government to obtain.

“We will take politicians into account. We believe that we and the people of Surrey have been completely betrayed,” he said.

These include giving the Surreyites the right to a referendum on the matter or, instead of making a statement to keep the RCMP in Surrey or introducing legislation that would allow the call of civilian politicians.

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An online poll conducted by Pollara Strategic Insights on behalf of the National Police Federation suggests that 83% of Surrey residents are in favor of a referendum “before a final decision is made on the issue of replacing the RCMP in Surrey.” Pollara Strategic Insights interviewed 800 “randomly selected Surrey residents” aged 18 or over between 21 and 31 January 2020.

“We’ll have McCallum and his crew called back in the blink of an eye, or we’ll vote for you in the next election,” is Daynes’s message to Premier Horgan. “If you want to miss the next provincial election, continue as you betray and basically disappoint people in Surrey like you, and we will vote for you.”

The same goes for the Safe Surrey Coalition, says Daynes.

“We will mobilize against Doug McCallum. We will vote for them, we will vote for them all. We will continue to support the group in the council that is trying to mitigate the worst of McCallum’s behavior. We believe this was essentially a renunciation of the duty of Minister Farnworth and Prime Minister Horgan They didn’t make public safety the priority for people in Surrey. They ignored us, or simply gave us political bafflegabs and gobbledygooks, I mean it’s outrageous. “

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“Farnworth and Horgan behave more as if they were the managers of McCallum’s election campaign than the Crown ministers, who are expected to support the safety of the citizens of Surrey, which has been seriously compromised by their behavior,” says Daynes.

The Keep the RCMP campaign in Surrey recently delivered 41 boxes full of petition signatures against the transition. Daynes says the petition is 44,000 and growing. The campaign aims to collect more signatures than the 45,564 vote McCallum, who “claims to have a democratic mandate obtained when he was elected,” received in the 2018 elections.

“By the way, 60% of the mayor’s vote went for candidates opposed to McCallum, and this is certainly not an electoral mandate to commit the suffering and misery it is inflicting on this community with its budget and all its others. mini-Trump- like antics. “

The next civil elections are on October 15, 2022 and the next provincial elections will be held on October 16, 2021 or earlier.

The Keep the RCMP campaign in Surrey on March 1st launched a call to “all people, groups and friends opposed to the removal of the RCMP from Surrey to actively join and gather with us in our search and let the BC government and the BC The NDP party knows unequivocally that since they have chosen to actively ignore our opposition to the police change, we will do everything possible to ensure a change of government. “

“In the weeks leading up to this last ruling, all the Surrey MLAs did not provide any public indication of where they were on this very important issue and therefore we believe that they are 10% for the proposed change and therefore 100% as opposed to maintain the RCMP in Surrey, “reads the arrogant claim of this, the BC NDP party yesterday announced Garry Begg yesterday as the first candidate for nominations for the next provincial elections and whose election campaign (along with any other nomination that does not we support our cause), we are so actively opposed to guaranteeing their non-election. “

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As the campaign declared war on Surrey’s six NDP MLAs, Daynes said this does not necessarily mean support for liberals. “We will support the candidate who supports our position,” he said. “We remain non-partisans.”

Meanwhile, Surrey councilor Linda Annis asks all nine Surrey MLAs – NDP and Liberal – to support a referendum request.

“I really feel we have to convince our MLAs to hold a referendum for a couple of reasons. One is the fact that there are so many people in Surrey who are against the transition,” said Annis. Now-Leader.

“I also think that people are not aware of what the implications are, how much it will cost and what the operating model will be. There are too many unanswered questions and I think the facts have to be put on the table and a referendum to take place, and I really hope, and I would really like to encourage the MLAs, who are ultimately responsible for the police, to take a step forward and make it happen in Surrey. “

Last week Wally Oppal, a former BC The high court judge and the attorney general, appointed by the provincial government to oversee the Surrey transition plan, said it was “unlikely” to expect the provincial government to organize a referendum because that is the jurisdiction of the city.

Garry Begg – the NDP’s MLP for Surrey-Guildford, and incidentally also a retired Surrey RCMP officer – echoed. As for Annis’ request for Surrey MLAs to put pressure on a referendum, she said this.

“It’s entirely up to the municipality of Surrey, and I don’t think the provincial government would interfere in what is clearly a municipal area,” said Begg al. Now-Leader. Regarding the intention of the Keep the RCMP campaign in Surrey to keep the NDP’s feet on the coals in the upcoming provincial elections, he noted that the police are responsible for municipalities with a population of over 5,000 and the provincial government has been taken with the his responsibility once The City of Surrey has indicated that he no longer wishes to bargain with the RCMP, to examine options for the city.

“I think Mike said it very well, always, it’s a legal responsibility he has,” said Begg. “There is a process that is enshrined in legislation for those municipalities that wish to give up.”

“And so what he did, what we did, what his ministry did, was simply invite the presentation of supporting documents for a municipal agency and then, after having examined them for a long time, after the city contracted Police experts from across the country to help them support their case, a decision was made to proceed with the establishment of a police council that would pave the way for hiring a police chief and all other requirements. in line with the formation of a police department.

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Do you think it is right that critics of this process are looking for NDP, figuratively speaking?

“Putting it all in context, it would seem very distorted if the elected members of the provincial legislator, who are ultimately responsible for deciding whether or not to proceed, would prejudice it and say that it is a non-base based on any problem. “explained Begg. “We have a responsibility, rightly enshrined in legislation”.

He said the public would not want politicians to act on their prejudice, one way or another, if they were responsible for making decisions “on the process that you are in favor or against.”

Surrey adviser Jack Hundial, also a retired Surrey RCMP officer, suspects that the police council is “probably still six months before it is up and running.”

Asked if he thinks it’s time to admit it’s a done deal, Hundial replied “Not at all.”

“Ultimately, it’s a public decision because we do police by consensus in this country. I mean, you have to have people’s consent to be a police officer.”

And this, Hundial said, hasn’t been given, “certainly not with the multiple polls and investigations out there.

“I think the costs have to be known, what the difference will be.”

Last week McCallum noted that police officers in Ontario, Alberta and Maritimes have expressed interest in joining the Surrey police.

“It is very much against the mayor who says we want the local population to control Surrey,” said Hundial.

Furthermore, “It has been very clear with the province that the ability to have an RCMP force is still viable. So there are many unknowns and the mayor is accustomed to making grandiose claims that are quite unfounded as we proceed, with no facts behind it. they “.


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