I am a longtime resident of Surrey and wore a number of hats in my working days, including schoolteacher, clothier, and advocate for small businesses. I've prided myself on active community involvement throughout my life, including in my retirement.
At risk of dating myself, it would be difficult to overstate the degree of change in Surrey in my lifetime. I was already middle-aged when Surrey was finally given a seat of its own in the BC legislature, having previously formed part of the Delta district. I recall the excitement in 1986 when Surrey was divided into three districts, centred on Newton, Guildford/Whalley, and White Rock/Cloverdale. It's pretty incredible to think that it has taken less than 30 years for Surrey to grow in both size and stature from one electoral district to the nine you currently propose.
I think this historical context is important. The fact that Newton, Whalley, White Rock and Cloverdale have all remained on the electoral map, and that Guildford is now slated to return, shows a degree of consistency in our political boundaries despite exponential growth and constant change. To that end, I thank you for respecting Surrey's history by leaving these districts largely intact while embracing the reality that these historic centres are too populous for single districts, and new centres are deserving of their equal voice.
Leonard W. Friesen