For the week of Jan. 9, 2022:
Former Surrey Mayor Bob Bose doesn’t mince words to describe Mayor Doug McCallum.
“Unfit for public office.”
McCallum and his Safe Surrey Coalition hold a slim, one-seat majority on city council in a polarized environment.
His supporters say he kept his word to switch from light rail transit to SkyTrain and replace the RCMP with a new municipal force. But he wasn’t honest about the costs to taxpayers and waited until just before Christmas to ram-through the 2022 budget.
Some of his most-vocal opponents were refused entry to city council meetings until they hired a lawyer to sue the city. McCallum was charged in late 2021 with public mischief for allegedly lying to police about being injured by a citizen with the Keep the RCMP in Surrey campaign.
McCallum plans to run for re-election in October. Coun. Brenda Locke is vying to unseat him. Will there be another challenger?
On this edition of theBreaker.news Podcast, Bose sets the scene for a lively year in political battleground Surrey.
Plus Pacific Rim and Pacific Northwest headlines and commentary.
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