LETTERS: Mayor McCallum showing fortitude and drive


Re: Hundial splits from Surrey mayor’s coalition, July 24

I write to express my disagreement with what has been addressed in the most recent Peace Arch News article concerning the mayor’s coalition and those councillors who, in short order, have bolted as they didn’t get their way.

These are some of the same councillors who ran for office on the police transition annunciation.

My family and I voted for the Safe Surrey slate, mayor and “team” councillors last fall.

We voted for them in large part to do with the pronunciations of what major endeavours they would tackle.

One was the establishment of an autonomous citywide police force. This deliberation was made in a very public forum, and fully addressed the intent of establishing Surrey’s very first citywide police force, as well as concluding the RCMP contract.

We felt Safe Surrey did not have to spell out every word, every slate idea to us as the main headline was pretty clear.

We are getting rid of the less-accountable, ride-around-in-cars, problematic RCMP.

Coun. Hundial is a good old boy, you see, wanting to get soothed and glad-handed to try getting his buy-in to a transition of policing which was clearly articulated in the lead-up to the last election.

As someone who must have had it pretty good for over 20 years in the RCMP, the changeover must have been a shock to his system.

Hundial states that there is a lack of community involvement. Not true at all – we’re involved. We just want an accountable local police force in 2021, not 2025.

It takes a lot of fortitude and drive to take on such a project. We believe Doug McCallum has all of that and more as well as his new Safe Surrey slate.

There’s one thing I truly know about our mayor, and that is, he doesn’t suffer fools gladly. If you want to be a bystander, an onlooker, then move aside.

The A-team is coming through with their agenda and it’s going to make Surrey a better place to live in a safer environment on this matter.

A. White, South Surrey

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