LETTERS: Surrey’s mayor exists in a ‘political silo’

Editor:

As a longtime Surrey citizen and a recently retired law-enforcement professional, the latest statements by our mayor have encouraged me to step aside from my traditionally un-biased opinions of the political landscape and address how our mayor is seemingly adopting Donald Trump-like governance and with that arrogance, leading our city back to darker days.

The latest statement from Mayor McCallum to deny City of Surrey business licences is absurd and, like Trump, is pandering to a small majority of supporters for what appears to be political gain.

Most people who read the editorial section of the newspaper, I suggest, are educated and well-informed on local and regional social issues. I could go on and list all of the common sense benefits to living in a city with access to ride hailing services. Most of us understand all of that, except for our mayor.

I am going to speak to only one example of the common sense behind the access to ride hailing services – impaired and distracted driving.

Observing the effects and the often tragic consequences of an irresponsible driver’s actions is something nobody wishes or encourages. Even in the most minor circumstances where an irresponsible driver is subject to a driving prohibition and vehicle seizure, that has significant effect on that person, their family, friends and often their workplace.

Being so irresponsible to the point of causing death obviously is life-altering and is regularly conveyed to us by many credible agencies.

Our city is growing exponentially. Our youth and elderly are becoming the most populous demographic.

We are a diverse and rapidly growing community with reach and successes worldwide. Ride hailing services are embraced by most governments around the globe.

Mayor McCallum, please get out of that silo you are operating in, as you make critical decisions for our city. It is shameful to see the political leader of one of Canada’s largest cities, emulating the totalitarian behavior of a politician that is in the news cycle daily for all the wrong reasons.

The citizens of Surrey deserve better. We must move forward. Ride hailing services will get many of us there safely.

Andrew Grainger, Surrey

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

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Blustery South Surrey walk to benefit homeless

Patricia Mulvaney is walking 10k to boost awareness of Surrey Urban Mission Society

‘Not the first time’ for driver clocked at excessive speed in South Surrey

Police say vehicle was doing 148 km/h in 80 km/h zone

Surrey School’s entrepreneurship program expands

‘YELL’ now offered at Queen Elizabeth, Semiahmoo

COVID-19: Update on the pandemic in Surrey, White Rock and beyond

JULY 2: Here’s the update on the pandemic in Surrey, White Rock and beyond for Thursday, July 2

‘This year is unlike any other’: Trudeau delivers Canada day address

Sophie Gregoire Trudeau and the Prime Minister release video celebrating the national holiday

B.C. repairs COVID-19 emergency order for local government

Ombudsperson shut out as his recommendations implemented

More than 50,000 Coronavirus cases reported per day in US

Coronavirus cases are rising in 40 of 50 US states

Trump plans huge July 4 fireworks show despite DC’s concerns

Despite health concerns from D.C.’s mayor, no one apparently will be required to wear masks

Canadian engineer detained in Egypt released, needs treatment, family says

Yasser Albaz was detained at the Cairo airport after a business trip in February of 2019

RCMP arrest armed man on grounds near Trudeau residence

Officers descended on the sprawling estate Thursday morning.

Canada Day tractor incident kills three children, injures seven in Quebec

The tractor driver has been arrested following the accident

Undercover operation exposes prominent human trafficking problem in Greater Victoria

VicPD’s Operation No More took place in mid-June at a local hotel

Tsilhqot’in Nation demands meeting with feds on declining Fraser River chinook stocks

The Nation wants to partner with DFO to rebuild and recover the stocks

Most Read

l -->