April 5, 2016
VICTORIA— New Democrat Surrey MLAs Harry Bains, Sue Hammell and Bruce Ralston issued the following statement demanding immediate and effective action from the Christy Clark government in light of escalating violence in Surrey:
“There were too many shootings in Surrey last year, and this year we’re seeing more than double the number. In 2015, there were 60 shootings in Surrey, and as of yesterday the 2016 count is at 31, several of which were in broad daylight and near school grounds.
“What’s even more worrying is the fact that there is currently no effective strategy in place from the Christy Clark government to reduce and eliminate gun violence in Surrey. Children and families are feeling terrorized, and many are too scared to leave their home in the evening.
“People in Surrey deserve to feel safe, they deserve real and immediate solutions to the violence their communities are facing, and they deserve better than the lack of support that they are getting from the Christy Clark government.