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Surrey education and community activist calls for policing referendum

September 30, 2021  By Blue Line Staff

Sept. 29, 2021 – Surrey education and community activist, Cindy Dalglish, has joined the Surrey Police Vote Initiative Campaign’s call for a referendum on policing in Surrey, saying the high costs and magnitude of the situation demand it.

Darlene Bennett, proponent of the Surrey Police Vote Citizens’ Initiative for a vote on retaining the RCMP or accepting Mayor Doug McCallum’s proposed Surrey Police Service, said it is a big boost to the campaign to add Dalglish to the growing ranks of prominent residents calling for a referendum.

“Cindy Dalglish is respected for her strong advocacy for education and other community issues in Surrey – her support for a democratic vote on policing is another powerful indication that only a referendum can resolve the policing issue here,” said Bennett. “After gaining the support of former Surrey Mayor Bob Bose, victims’ rights advocates Eileen Mohan and Markita Kaulius and other community leaders in our city, it’s clear that the Surrey Police Vote campaign cannot be stopped.”

The following is Cindy Dalglish’s statement of support: “Any good public policy decision relies on process, transparency, and consultation of stakeholders. All along I have held steadfast that the citizens of Surrey must have their say through a democratic referendum on policing, as a decision of this magnitude affects everyone throughout Surrey … We need to trust that decisions being made are done so with care and attention to all of us. The citizens of Surrey are the stakeholders. And we deserve to have our opportunity to give our input through a referendum. What are the Mayor and Safe Surrey Coalition so afraid of?”

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