A crucial battleground and home to a pair of key swing ridings, winning in Surrey is part of the roadmap to victory for both Liberals and the NDP.
Both parties have poured resources into the city, campaigning heavily and offering up populist policy ideas like capping or scrapping unpopular bridge tolls.
Jagrup Brar, who served as MLA for Surrey-Panorama and Fleetwood from 2004-2013 has knocked off former Liberal cabinet minister Peter Fassbender, who served as TransLink minister in the Christy Clark government.
In the wake of the defeat, Fassbender blamed the loss in part on the NDP promise to remove tolls from bridges.
“Tolls were something where, you know, the NDP offered to take them all off I still don’t think that’s realistic.”
The race was a rematch of the 2013 contest when the same two candidates faced off, with Fassbender winning by just a few hundred votes.
Surrey-Guildford goes to NDP
The NDP’s Garry Begg has scored a key victory for his party in Surrey-Guildford, knocking off former BC Liberal cabinet minister Amrik Virk.
Begg, a 38-year veteran of the RCMP campaigned heavily on safer neighbourhoods, better transit, and affordable housing.
It’s a breakthrough for the party, which was shut out of the riding under its former incarnation as Surrey-Tynehead in the last three elections.
It’s also an important win for the party, whose hopes of forming government depend on major breakthroughs across Metro Vancouver.
Virk had served as Minister of Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services as well as Minister of Advanced Education in the last Christy Clark government.