Election 2014: Bajwa cites crime, wards and economy as key issues

City of Surrey: Vikram Bajwa wants Surrey RCMP's police chief fired for failing to keep crime under control

Vikram Bajwa

Murders and crime in general have risen in this city, says mayoral candidate Vikram Bajwa, who insists something must be done about it quickly.

“I’m going to be very blunt with you,” Bajwa said. “I think we need to replace the RCMP chief.”

People have lost faith in the RCMP, he asserts, and says the blame for that must fall on the top cop.

“Nobody is having faith in the public safety, which has eroded for the last year or so,” he said.

He points out there is another eight years left on the contract with the RCMP in this city. But after that, he wants to move to a municipal force.

The second most important issue facing this city is the ward system, Bajwa says.

“I want that in place within 60 days,” he said. A lot of the problems in this city could be avoided, he said, it there was a ward system.

In a ward system, councillors would be elected to represent specific geographic areas, or wards.

The third issue Bajwa will tackle is economic responsibility.

He believes the Surrey City Development Corporation a viable organization, but says the economic summit is a flop.

He believes Surrey should have its own airport to “put us on the world map.”

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