ELECTION 2015: Candidates from all Surrey ridings debate the issues

City's biggest federal election all-candidates’ forum is Thursday, presented by Surrey Board of Trade, Fraser Valley Real Estate Board.

Surrey’s biggest federal election all-candidates’ forum is Thursday.

Federal candidates from five Surrey ridings will debate the issues at the all candidates’ forum, hosted by the Surrey Board of Trade in partnership with the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board.

Business leaders, their staff, and members of the community are invited to meet the candidates and hear their responses on a number of topics, including crime, environment, industry and infrastructure, international policy, social policy, taxes and transportation.

Surrey – home to 16,000 businesses and almost 46 per cent of Metro Vancouver’s total vacant industrial land – is a major strategic economic area that needs the attention of the federal government, Surrey Board of Trade CEO Anita Huberman said, adding the city’s projected population for 2016 is 551,653.

The SBoT wants to ensure members have the opportunity to engage with federal candidates from all parties and consider their positions before casting their ballots on Oct. 19.

The forum runs from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24 at Eaglequest Golf Course. It’s free, but please register at info@businessinsurrey.com.