ABOUT US

 

What is "PEOPLE FIRST Surrey"? 

We are a grassroots movement to fundamentally change our governing system in Surrey city hall. In “traditional” slates, candidates collect funding from donors, usually big businesses, and use the funds for campaigns, which continues even with new laws in different forms. Once elected, they repay the big businesses by favours in policies and approvals. For campaigns, candidates just spend money on campaign signs and have minimal consultation with public on what public need. We need to put an end to this and bring in a radically new approach. So we call ourselves a “NON-traditional” slate.

 

PEOPLE FIRST SURREY collect small donations from public and publish all our donors in advance to our website. This is how we “practice” transparency. We go to each neighbourhood to consult with people on what is important to them. We did five open houses in different neighbourhoods in Surrey so far, discussing various topics from Transportation, to Gang violence, to affordability to Greenspaces (See our events section of website). Now we do online sessions to ensure people participation every day to refine our 16 point platform. Join our fb live sessions every day in September 2018, 8pm to 8.30 pm  at https://www.facebook.com/PeopleFirstSurrey. This is how we “practice” people participation.

 

All our candidates are well qualified, regular working class people, who knows how to manage money. We are a fiscally responsible team and we are confident that we can run the city in a much better way than happening now.

Why "PEOPLE FIRST Surrey"

Currently the “Surrey First” team has a vision which simply puts the “City of Surrey” first. This vision is an imagination of a city down the line 20-30 years, thought up by some politicians and experts. This may seem innocent on the surface but it has a dangerously fundamental flaw. It ignores the people in the city. It requires the policies to be driven from their “vision for the city”. So it need not listen to the hearts and minds of people – because it is serving a “vision” - not people. These politicians and experts do not experience the same day to day experiences the people of Surrey encounter right now or in future, be it daily commutes via bus or train or rental increases or price of houses or fear of crime or crowded school issues. These visionaries have no idea what people go through here, so naturally they have no idea how to solve them. They look for ideas all over the world to support their vision, but they forget to look into the city. They ask all experts in the world – but they don’t ask the people who live here. End of the day, the policies and taxpayer dollars go towards fulfillment of this vision, be it the nature of rapid transit, housing policies or any other major or minor policy.

Eventually, the people and their taxes are working to realize the politician’s vision, Not the other way. We at "People First Surrey" want to reverse this. We want the vision and taxes to work for people, so people come first. That is “People First”.

 

"PEOPLE FIRST Surrey" is your alternative in Surrey Municipal elections for Oct 2018! 

We start with the problems and desires of people, coming directly from them. We try to solve problems that common people experience every day. We collect these by feedback provided to us via emails and open house forums. See our current priorities in the 'Priorities' section. We derive our policies from it and eventually form a city vision from it. Again, we let it come directly from people – not from the so called experts and politicians. We ask the experts to solve issues raised by people. We question expert's feedback with facts and data available to us, in a rational, calm manner, with due respect for their expertise. We raise our alternative policies and strategies. We let the experts counter, validate to refine policies. We refine it based on continuous constructive feedbacks from people at all walks of life. We try to be innovative at every point. We try to use technology wherever it make sense. Once the priorities are settled and we win election based on it, we will simply see to it that those are implemented, one by one!

 

What to expect from "PEOPLE FIRST Surrey" Candidates?

Our Candidates DO NOT use “PEOPLE FIRST Surrey” platform to further agendas/interests other than published “PEOPLE FIRST Surrey” agendas.
         Eg:

  • Do not promote interests of Churches, Temples, Gurudwaras, Mosques etc.
  • Do not promote interests of political parties. like NDP, Liberal, Greens, Conservative etc.
  • Do not promote interests of any other groups of interest. like, Unions, Real estate developers etc.

We understand, however,  personal beliefs and affiliations of each person/candidate may differ but it  is not part of “PEOPLE FIRST Surrey” agenda.

Notes:

1) To be very clear on a major point - If we get full control of the Surrey City Council, we will oppose and cancel LRT plans for Surrey and work towards bringing skytrain instead. This is what we heard very loud and clear from the people of Surrey, so far. We understand that there are many entities at different levels that eventually make this happen. We will work with all of them, but will never give up on this key priority. Please see our “Priorities” section for more details.