Surrey’s mayor is speaking out for the first time following last week’s near sweep of her city by the NDP in the provincial election.
Mayor Linda Hepner says whatever political party forms the next provincial government, they need to pay more attention to her city.
Hepner says that lack of attention disappointed the residents of Surrey, and it’s exactly why many key ridings swung in the NDP’s favour.
“The fact we are growing as quickly as we are and we are so under represented relative to schools and potentially health care and transportation all played a role in saying, ‘look, we’re growing, recognize that.’ We are going to be in a significant metropolitan center and we need a whole lot more attention.”
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But she says one issue, in particular, struck a chord with Surrey voters.
“I think all of those things played a part, but schools is a really big issue. When you’re talking about more young people than anywhere else in the province it stands to reason that schools are going to play an important part in any kind of decision-making.”
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Another major issue going into polls were bridge tolls introduced by the BC Liberal government, which Hepner says most certainly played a role.
“Everyone has waited long enough for a strong transportation policy in this region. There was just an angst around who’s going to be able to bring that to the table and conclude this because regionally there needs to be a better solution.”
The NDP took six of nine seats in Surrey, including that of Liberal cabinet minister Peter Fassbender.