Opinion

Surrey civic election lacking excitement

Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts has fudged her resume by saying she lives in Cloverdale when she doesn’t. Why is it a problem when other public officials fudge their resumes, but not the mayor?

Watts is silent on what the city paid for the economic summit, on how much George Bush was paid, on why she doesn’t back up building inspectors on building code violations, on why she turns a blind eye to city bylaws generally, on what she does for her generous developer and firefighter friends after each election, on why one-third of her handsome salary is tax free, on what the real price of the new city hall will be, and why she is taking land out of the ALR.

The Surrey election could be exciting.

It is just missing many of the issues.

 

Jim McMurtry

Surrey

 

Boot the jokers out

In Surrey, the re-election of the present council and its mayor is a given.

The fall of Surrey started with Doug McCallum and now continues with Dianne Watts.

The present mayor has continued to allow basement suites, builders building monster homes and extensions after inspections, and home businesses with signs on properties – none of them paying their fare taxes and all of them making the rest of us shoulder those unpaid taxes. Children come out of these homes are not covered in full by their (parents’) property taxes.

Thanks to McCallum and now Watts, Surrey has gone to the dogs.

So easily are they able to pass on transit fees to our property taxes and gas bills and toll our roads while their travel allowances remain untouched.

We take on their yoke and they go smiling to the bank lock, stock and barrel.

I call on the people of Surrey to boot these jokers out and not be fooled by the changes made in Surrey.

It is we who are the change that make their work easy.

 

Hubert Lobo, Surrey

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