Parshotam Goel, Proudly Surrey council candidate, said he is challenging the other three major slates to release their donor lists prior to the election. Proudly Surrey announced on Friday, Oct. 5 that it would be releasing its donor list for donations of more than $100. (Submitted photo)

Surrey ELECTION

Proudly Surrey releases donor list

Slate ‘challenges’ others to do the same

Proudly Surrey announced Friday that it was releasing a complete list of donations more than $100 that have been received by the party.

The news release added that updates will be posted online and the complete list could be found at proudlysurrey.ca/our-donors.

Proudly Surrey council candidate Felix Kongyuy said the slate was impressed by Vancouver mayoral candidate Kennedy Stewart’s pledge “to publicly release his donor list at regular intervals until election day.”

“We are following his lead and adopting that policy,” Kongyuy said.

Parshotam Goel, Proudly Surrey council candidate, said by releasing the list, the slate is “going to show our good faith through action.”

“As a father and grandfather, I have long observed that the best way to improve others’ behaviour is to model it oneself. So today, I am challenging the other major Surrey parties and slates, Surrey First, Integrity Now and Safe Surrey to do the same,” Goel said.

The People First Surrey party told the Now-Leader that “displaying every dollar coming in to the campaign is the way People First did politics right from the beginning” on their website at peoplefirstsurrey.ca.

People First claims to be the first slate to do this in the country “long before Proudly Surrey or Kennedy Stewart of Vancouver.”

“We are happy that Proudly Surrey now is partially adopting it,” the team wrote in an email. “We appreciate Proudly Surrey for it but also ask to adopt our principles fully before asking other slates to follow. We are happy that other parties are following our leading by example approach in this topic as well as many others, even though they are trying to take credit for it.”

Integrity Now told the Now-Leader that the slate was not planning to release its donor list in the lead up to the election.

Surrey First says they’ll be releasing their list of campaign contributors following the election in accordance with election campaign financing rules, but not during the campaign.

The Now-Leader has also asked Safe Surrey Coalition for comment.



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