Kuljinder '22' Gill (left) and Garry Robinson are running for Surrey city council.

Kuljinder '22' Gill (left) and Garry Robinson are running for Surrey city council.

Two Surrey council candidates have criminal pasts

Kuljinder '22' Gill and Gary Robinson say they will bring a greater depth of understanding to office.

A pair of candidates in the upcoming civic election have been before the courts in the past decade, The Leader has learned.

Kuljinder Singh Gill, who changed his name to Gill 22 for the ballot, was found guilty of uttering threats and mischief under $5,000 in July, 2004. He was also charged with assault the same year, and was found guilty of breach of his probation order.

He served two weeks in Surrey Pretrial Services Centre for the offenses.

“Those are the serious ones (charges), those are going to give me negative feedback for sure,” Gill said Tuesday. “In the past, I have had a negative side.”

He is now married with children, and said he realizes being on the wrong side of the law is not the way to live his life. He is in a recovery program and has taken anger management classes, Gill said.

The 31-year-old says he’s learned from personal experience that youth need more activities in the city.

“Here the kids are shooting each other. Why can’t we do something more positive, like paintball or laser guns, or batting cages and roller hockey?” Gill said.

His past, he said, gives him a range of experience those currently on council don’t have.

Another candidate with a colourful history is former Surrey councillor Gary Robinson, who left office in 1999 after The Leader reported he had been battling a cocaine addiction.

In the years after he left politics, Robinson had a few brushes with the law, including an assault charge, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of stolen property. There are no charges after 2002.

Robinson, now five-and-a-half years clean and sober, helps others overcome their addictions.

Like Gill, Robinson said he’s bringing a wealth of experience to his run for council that none other can.

“(The charges were) part of the addiction and it’s part of the reason I’m running – to help other people that may go through the same thing to understand they can get out of it and success is possible,” Robinson said.

The theft, he said, occurred when he took meat from a Safeway store.

“When you’re in the throes of addiction, and all the money you have goes to maintaining addiction, you end up doing things you wouldn’t normally do,” Robinson said. “I actually ended up stealing some food.”

The rest of the candidates in the upcoming election show no record of appearing before the courts, save for some minor traffic tickets for speeding or other infractions.

Under the Local Government Act, a candidate can seek public office as long as they are not incarcerated on the day they are to take office.

The municipal election is being held Saturday, Nov. 19.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Laura Barnes is to feature some of her artwork at Gallery at Central Plaza next month. (Contributed photo)
New artist showcase coming to White Rock gallery

Laura Barnes work, mixing brights and darks, to be displayed in February

White Rock Public Library (File photo)
Surrey, White Rock literacy leaders kick off Family Literacy Week

Literacy events to take place Jan. 24 to 31

Surrey Community Cat Foundation received funding to assist with medical procedures. (File photo)
SurreyCats receives grant to assist with spay/neuter costs

PetSmart Charities of Canada donates $5,000

Beds are set up at the emergency response centre at the North Surrey Recreation Centre. (Contributed file photo)
26 people test positive for COVID-19 at Surrey emergency shelter

Centre located at North Surrey Recreation Centre

Surrey firefighters respond to a townhouse fire Sunday morning. (Shane MacKichan photos)
Firefighters respond to townhouse fire in Surrey

Fire ‘knocked down quickly’: witness

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders sits in on a COVID-19 briefing with Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer, and Adrian Dix, B.C. minister of health. (Birinder Narang/Twitter)
PHOTOS: Bernie Sanders visits B.C. landmarks through the magic of photo editing

Residents jump on viral trend of photoshopping U.S. senator into images

A woman injects herself with crack cocaine at a supervised consumption site Friday, Jan. 22, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Drug users at greater risk of dying as services scale back in second wave of COVID-19

It pins the blame largely on a lack of supports, a corrupted drug supply

Wet’suwet’en supporters and Coastal GasLink opponents continue to protest outside the B.C. Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Thursday, February 27, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
‘We’re still in it’: Wet’suwet’en push forward on rights recognition

The 670-km Coastal GasLink pipeline was approved by B.C. and 20 elected First Nations councils on its path

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Jennifer Cochrane, a Public Health Nurse with Prairie Mountain Health in Virden, administers the COVID-19 vaccine to Robert Farquhar with Westman Regional Laboratory, during the first day of immunizations at the Brandon COVID-19 vaccination supersite in Brandon, Man., on Monday, January 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tim Smith - POOL
Top doctor urges Canadians to keep up with COVID measures, even as vaccines roll out

More than 776,606 vaccines have been administered so far

Dr. Jerome Leis and Dr. Lynfa Stroud are pictured at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto on Thursday, January 21, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
‘It wasn’t called COVID at the time:’ One year since Canada’s first COVID-19 case

The 56-year-old man was admitted to Toronto’s Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

An Uber driver’s vehicle is seen after the company launched service, in Vancouver, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. Several taxi companies have lost a court bid to run Uber and Lyft off the road in British Columbia. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Taxi companies lose court bid to quash Uber, Lyft approvals in British Columbia

Uber said in a statement that the ruling of the justice is clear and speaks for itself

sd
VIDEO: Mission drag racer scores 1st career win, sets world record, makes history in 2020

Justin Bond, founder and owner of JBS Equipment Mission, has break-out year

Most Read