(My apologies to the wonderful Ross Buchanan, who sent this to me last week while I was sick with the plague. Actually, it’s the flu, but the worst one I and my children have had in years-sustained fever over 42 for days, body pain and aches, cough, stomach ailments, this flu is the full meal deal and I would only wish it on my worst enemy! Ross caught me on a good moment while the Advil was just kicking in – which clearly didn’t last long… and within moments of our conversation I was back on the couch in a fever chill again. ) However, here it is at last, a note from Ross to everyone who supported him and has been asking what is next:
Now that the dust has settled on the municipal election, I wanted to thank all of the great folks who supported me and those who worked very hard to help return democracy to city hall in Surrey.
Your efforts are valiant and appreciated. At the top of the list are folks like Laila, Sarbjeet, Murray, Marcy, Mark, Jean, Walter, Maggie, Michael, Pauline, Don, Caroline, John, Dann, Geoff, Charleen and many others.
In my opinion we fought the good fight, we shone a light on the dark side of what is really happening in Surrey and we opened the can on things that the citizens of Surrey need to be giving serious thought.
Whether it is the Incinerator, the truth about violent Crime, the wasteful new City Hall, the out of control spending, the fact that Surrey First is a secret society with a closed membership, or the problems with Surrey City Development Corp… we now have the facts revealed and people are asking questions. Every issue we brought forth is substantiated with hard facts – not opinion – that were also provided to the press,( and to anyone else who is interested).
To those of you who helped, who supported and who voted a huge THANK YOU. Along the way I have met some wonderful people who I hope to be able to continue to call my friends for the rest of my life.
For those of you who hunger for change I apologize. I wish we could have done more for all of us. My concern is for the citizens of Surrey and what the future holds for us.
Seldom in the history of our country has a city of this size been so overwhelmed by such a significant influence of “big money” that we see in Surrey, as a result of the wild west mentality towards what developers call “the last great land rush”. It will be sad to see what we are left with in five or ten years. My sense is that the price we pay for the destruction of green space, the paving of all things natural and the ‘stack them and pack them’ approach to housing will haunt Surrey for decades. Taxes will skyrocket, infrastructure will crumble and violence will escalate.
My hope is that I am wrong. Time will tell.
People have been asking me…what’s next? To be honest, I can say I don’t know where the efforts of the last month or so will take any of us. What I do know is, that as we have worked together, bridges have appeared and doorways have opened that offer us new and exciting possibilities for shaping a democratic future for Surrey.
My primary objective remains the same. To work together with all, to create a Better Surrey…. one that we can all be proud of.”
~ Ross Buchanan