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LETTERS: More than a vocal minority
Re: Leaders should speak for us, April 24 letter.
Letter-writer K. Jones suggests Coun. Barinder Rasode somehow betrayed the wishes of South Surrey residents by voting in favour of the proposed South Surrey casino.
It is suggested in the letter hundreds of residents held meetings and attended city hall in protest of the casino. Somehow, the writer seems to think their opinion was in fact the opinion of all Surrey residents.
I hate to burst the bubble of K. Jones, but not everyone in Surrey or even South Surrey was against the casino. In fact, I think Rasode (‘Isolated’ councillor quits Surrey First, April 17) voted the way most Surrey residents wanted – not just several hundred or even several thousand squeaky wheels.
Remember, there are more than 350,000 people in Surrey.
If I recall correctly, our mayor caved at around 2 a.m. stating that she had received petitions with more than 5,000 signatures. I also recall reading that one particular voting block bragged about sending a petition with more than 4,000 names.
So, let me see, if the mayor received several petitions with 4,000, 5,000, 6,000, 7,000 or even 10,000 signatures, it is still a small percentage of Surrey residents.
If Jones is really interested in being represented in the chambers of city hall, he/she should rally all of their hundreds of concerned citizens and petition for a elected ward system of government where citizens would really have some input and one very powerful mayor could not force their will on all council.
Party politics in city hall is not a good way to represent all citizens.
The letter to the editor submitted by Mike Proskow (Surrey history repeats itself, April 8) is well worth reading before heading to the polls this fall.
Andrew Johnston, Surrey