Amid rising cases of gun violence in Surrey, one opposition MLA is denying she’s playing politics with the issue.
Sue Hammell, the NDP MLA for Surrey-Green Timbers slammed the government in the ledge today for failing to announce anything new at a media conference with the BC Solicitor General on Friday.
The one idea that was announced was to give Surrey Mounties 24-hour direct access to the city’s traffic cameras, but that was announced by Surrey’s Mayor Linda Hepner.
Hammell says the issue’s too big for an MLA to not speak up about.
“I think it would be grossly irresponsible of the three or four members of the legislature to say nothing, and to not raise the concerns that are coming to us from the community that we live with.”
Hammell says many in her community, including herself, haven’t been able to get much information from the RCMP about the recent rise in shootings.
She says the violence is frightening the community, and that she’s even felt the impact of the violence herself.
“There has been a shooting behind the back of my townhouse and down the street, and so I know what my community’s going through because they talk to me.”
The Surrey RCMP, the Surrey School District, and the City is holding the forum at the Bell Performing Arts Centre next Monday.