In Surrey 17 candidates turned out for a pre-election debate on Wednesday that, for some of the night, focused on education.
It really wasn’t a debate until Jonathan Silveira, a realtor running for the NDP in Surrey South, rose to his feet and started to rip into the other candidates on stage.
“Mr. Fassbender while you were Minister of Education you have failed our children, you have failed the children of Surrey, we have seven-thousand children in portables.”
Peter Fassbender, Liberal candidate for Surrey Fleetwood, shot back.
“We always talk about the concerns about portables but it is the teaching that goes on, and I take my hats off to the teachers of this province who work every day to deliver that.”
Jodi Murphy, running for the Greens in Surrey-Guildford, also talked education.
“For K to 12 the biggest expenditure investment builds to $1.46-billion, I believe, by the year 2020.”
Housing affordability was also on the agenda
NDP candidate for Surrey-Guildford Garry Begg says there are families who can’t even afford to rent in the city which use to be the affordable option….
“People are falling farther and farther behind every day, things are getting tougher, and that’s the reality that the Liberal party does not want to acknowledge.”
“Nonsense” says his Liberal challenger Amrik Virk…
“British Columbia one of the best places in the world to live in, contrary to the fear-mongering that I continue to hear, that is not the B.C. that we live in.”
Green candidate Tim Binnema from Surrey-Fleetwood said, “The Green party knows everyone deserves a place to call home and a way to make a fair wage and so we say yes to a fair wage commission.”
Binnema says an average of 480 babies are born every month in Surrey, and asks if they’ll be able to afford the city when they’re older.