A Municipal Ward System in Surrey?

Surrey BC'er

Surrey City HallIt’s been a minute (or two) since my last post, and in pursuit of a saddle to get back on the horse with, the following terse tweet titillated my curiosity:

The link helpsavesurrey.com led me to a petition. The underlying purpose: underrepresentation in the Lower Mainland’s fastest growing city, which, it states, has led to major concerns and issues left unaddressed. The proposed solution: a new municipal electoral system: wards.

But is a ward system Surrey’s solution to better representation? Are we, or do many here, feel underrepresented? The petition states, blankly, that “7 councillors are not enough to address our safety and concerns.” Is that true? Is a ward system the solution to better local governance? I’m skeptical.


For over a half-million people, Surrey has an eight-member council and mayor to act as political representatives. In…

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