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Letter: Surrey, you've changed
To the editor;
Twenty years of change. Twenty years ago the Municipality of Surrey took a big step into the future.
The council of the day – Mayor Bose, Councillors Watkins, Hunt, Higginbotham, Ralston, Villeneuve, Fomich, Shrenk and myself decided it was time to grow up or at least graduate to adulthood and begin to take our place as one of Canada’s great cities.
From country roads and farmers’ fields, to high-rises and rapid transit we have seen the changes. From the City of Parks to the Future Lives Here.
It all started in 1879 when Surrey settlers were given letters patent to form a District Municipality and then in 1993 we became a City.
I remember cutting and serving the cake in Bear Creek and the city celebrations. I was under police protection at the time because as Acting Mayor I had prevented a U.S. Nazi group from holding a party in Surrey.
From the days of reeves and Provincial Police to the City of Culture and Parks, Surrey has seen it all. There is so much more to come.
I want to thank the people of Surrey who elected me and gave me a chance as a Surrey ‘boy’ to have the honour of being an alderman, then a city councillor and to be a small part of Surrey becoming a city.
We have gone from 165,000 people in the ‘80s to a city with nearly one half million now. Challenges have been met, mistakes have been made and Surrey has grown to become a leader in so many ways.
I also want to recognize Mayor Bose and the city councillors of 1993 for their contributions. We had our battles and growing pains in the councils of the day.
There were some very strong personalities and lots of articulate and passionate debate which in my view led to some very good decisions. We were unanimous in the decision to become a city and the results of that decision can be seen throughout Surrey. We took the steps to get to where we are today. The future is bright and I’m proud to be a
Surreyrite. Happy Birthday Surrey!
Gary T. Robinson
Former City of Surrey Councillor