Re: Task force to tackle Surrey’s high homicide rate, Nov. 21.
For many years, Surrey’s infrastructure has been totally shortchanged by our provincial government.
Transportation, health care, post-secondary education, policing – in all these areas, Surrey has gotten half or less of the support that the cities north of the Fraser get.
We have half the local post-secondary seats – relative to our population – that Vancouver, Burnaby or the North Shore get.
We have half the hospital beds per resident; we have less than half the transit per person, and we have half the number of police.
So is it any surprise that we have more homicides than Vancouver?
If we want the future to live here, our MLAs must convince the provincial government to support our essential services at the same level as Vancouver’s.
Geoff Dean, Surrey