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LETTERS: Leaders should speak for us


Re: ‘Isolated’ councillor quits Surrey First, April 17.

I read the recent Peace Arch News article about Coun. Barinder Rasode splitting from Surrey First and declaring that “I believe I would make a very strong voice for the residents of Surrey, a very competent voice as well.”

I would like to know which residents of Surrey Rasode is claiming to represent?

My recollection is that despite hundreds of South Surrey residents holding meetings and attending city hall not long ago to voice a strong and clear message that we did not want a casino in our neighbourhood – opposed residents far out numbering proponent residents, most of whom did not live near the proposed casino site – Rasode voted in favour of the casino anyway.

It was Mayor Dianne Watts who listened to the concerned residents and voted against the casino.

A reminder, Ms. Rasode, that I will not be voting for you in the next election, no matter whether you run again for councillor or for mayor. You have clearly demonstrated you favour money and development over the concerns of residents who care more about what happens in their neighbourhood than expanding your tax-revenue base.

K. Jones, Surrey

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The front page of the April 17 edition of PAN told how Coun. Barinder Rasode has quit the Surrey First team and is thinking of running for mayor, along with other possible contenders, current councillors Bruce Hayne, Tom Gill and Linda Hepner. This, providing Mayor Dianne Watts does not run.

Among Rasode’s priorities: public safety, spending, public engagement and transparency at city hall.

Nowhere did you quote her speaking of the impossible illegal suite situation, roads improvement or the overcrowding being created by the ridiculous buildup of townhome complexes in Surrey.

Just more political rhetoric.

It is time that this municipal group of self-serving politicians be replaced by people who actually want to serve the whole community, not simply the block voters.

Richard Conley, Surrey



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