Get your vote out early Surrey, on the following advanced voting dates!

Many people will be voting in this years municipal election in Surrey than ever before, so why not take advantage of those advanced voting dates?  It always surprises me how many people are still unaware that there are several dates you can vote, in advance of the November 19th date. In doing so, you can avoid the rush at the polls and be secure that your vote is in, since many people find themselves caught short of time and fail to get that all important vote done. With so many dates in advance of the main polling, there is simply no excuse not to vote this year.

Here are your advanced polling dates and location in Surrey, please mark them on your calendar  and vote Ross Buchanan for a safer, better Surrey!

Saturday, November 5

Fleetwood Recreation Centre : 15996 – 84 Avenue
Elgin Community Hall : 14250 Crescent Road

Time: 8:00 am to 8:00 pm

Monday, November 7

Surrey City Hall : 14245 – 56 Avenue
Time: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Simon Fraser University – Central City Campus
Public Mezzanine: 13450 – 102 Avenue
Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Tuesday, November 8

Surrey City Hall : 14245 – 56 Avenue
Time: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Wednesday, November 9

Surrey City Hall  : 14245 – 56 Avenue
Time: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Cloverdale Recreation Centre : 6188 – 176 Street
Bear Creek Pavilion, Bear Creek Park : 13750 – 88 Avenue
Fleetwood Recreation Centre : 15996 – 84 Avenue
Elgin Community Hall : 14250  Crescent Road

Time: 8:00 am to 8:00 pm

Saturday, November 12

Cloverdale Recreation Centre : 6188 – 176 Street
Bear Creek Pavilion, Bear Creek Park : 13750 – 88 Avenue

Time: 8:00 am to 8:00 pm

Ross ended the week with a great appearance on the Simi Sara show – click on the audio vault: ( http://www.cknw.com/other/audiovault.html )  then select Friday November 4th, 2011, select 2:00pm, and his interview starts at about the 18 minute mark.

From the Surrey Leader: http://www.bclocalnews.com/news/132965113.html

“A South Surrey resident running for mayor in the Nov. 19 civic election is calling for a halt to any construction on the new city hall. But incumbent Dianne Watts says Ross Buchanan’s appeal – along with claims the project will cost at least $97 million and up to $200 million – is “totally unrealistic.”

 “That’s not going to happen,” Watts said. “This is a whole complex plan of moving the city forward. I understand that he needs an election issue – I get that – but this has been in the works for a very long time.“There’s a big hole in the ground and contracts have been let, and so we’re not going to put all those people out of work, start cancelling contracts and leave a big hole in the city centre.”Schematics for the 180,000-square-foot facility were unveiled in June 2010. A site on the south side of 104 Avenue, east of University Boulevard, has been excavated, and construction is expected complete by the fall of 2013.

 Buchanan, describing the project as a “boondoggle,” cited cost as a key reason why the work should not proceed.  In addition to the cost factor, Buchanan – one of seven mayoral candidates – said the timing is bad for this scope of a project.

“This is a huge debt that we’re taking on,” Buchanan said. “My question is… is this the right project and if it is, is now the right time?”

From the Vancouver Sun: ( photo here: http://www.vancouversun.com/story.html?id=5663185 )

“In Surrey, independent mayoral candidate Ross Buchanan predicts Watts’ decision to approve the gas tax increase, as well as allowing former U.S. president George Bush to speak in the city and to build a new City Hall, will work against her, noting many voters feel “disrespected by City Hall,” which he said is pandering to big corporate investors.

“There needs to be an open and welcoming culture at City Hall,” he said. “We’ve lost sight of what matters, which is families. They’re spending our future here.”

But Watts argues the City Centre development is key to developing Surrey’s economy, while the old city hall can be leased out to help pay for it. The changes in Surrey, she said, will accommodate a growing seniors’ population as well as provide jobs for young people.

“We’re accountable to the people and residents of Surrey. This is the time they look at our body of work and the policy we’ve developed over a number of years,” Watts said. “It’s either they like what we’re doing or they want to go in a different direction.”

From the Asian Journal:

“ROSS BUCHANAN: WATT’S UP WITH SURREY FIRST ELECTORS SOCIETY?

 Mayoral candidate Ross Buchanan says that he has seen nothing like current mayor Dianne Watts political party, and thinks it’s yet another indicator of the lack of democracy that seems to have taken over city hall.
“Dianne Watts created the Surrey First Electors Society and claims that is a non-partisan organization. However, there doesn’t seem to be any voting, no members, and not just anyone can join, they have to be asked and approved to join. Candidates running under that name don’t  report their campaign contributions individually – they are reported as a lump sum. It is impossible in this manner to determine who donated what to whom and that is not transparent, accountable or democratic. It’s just Mayor Watts and the people she agrees with who run this city.”
Buchanan says that because Surrey First controls nearly the entire council, it leaves little room for debate, discourse and objectivity when it comes to ensuring taxpayers are being represented fairly.
He points out: “The lone council member who is not a part of Surrey First, is overwhelmingly outvoted at nearly every juncture. There is no room for debate, there is no interest in making sure all alternatives are considered, and this year they have asked a new member to join and run, to try and eliminate the last remaining councilor this city has that isn’t part of Watts party.  If that happens, the city of Surrey will be completely controlled by Watts.
“This is not what I call democracy, and it certainly eliminates much of the need for accountability. She will be able to push any project or vision through without any objections at all if this happens.  I’m not convinced the secretive Surrey First Electors Society is actually putting Surrey first.”

4 thoughts on “Get your vote out early Surrey, on the following advanced voting dates!

    1. Laila

      Don’t count on it Jim, not in Surrey. People are so angry at Watts for so many reasons, it makes my head spin. Just returned home from some interactions with people out and about, and it even shocks me – really how angry people are, in so many areas of the city. Reminds me strongly of what happened with Campbell to be honest, the ” turn”.

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    1. Laila

      I don’t think apathy will be a problem this time, from what we are seeing! It’s really something amazing Coleen, it really is, connecting with so many people. And from all areas and backgrounds in Surrey. Ross just did this great article with the Sing Tao Daily,http://news.singtao.ca/vancouver/2011-11-08/headline1320747827d3527480.html and I’m feeling a bit of a wave going on here in Surrey… not unlike the orange wave that happened across Canada. People want change, they want action, and they don’t want more of the same old, same old. I believe Ross, with his background and passionate commitment, is the man to do that here in Surrey,

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