McCallum said the council unanimously voted in favour of cancelling the city’s contract with the RCMP the night they were sworn in. “For critics to now say that there is a lack of a mandate or public consultation for Surrey to have its own municipal police department shows little to no regard for our most basic democratic principle of respecting the will of the people,” he stated.
However, not everyone agrees with his stance. RCMP officer turned councillor Jack Singh Hundial cited the need for more public consultation before making the switch to a municipal force.
McCallum fired back at the former RCMP officer, noting the importance of delivering on his platform promises.
“The voters entrusted us to deliver on our promises and that is a trust that Councillor Hundial is now breaking. I have no intention of breaking my campaign promises or the public’s trust.” – Doug McCallum, Mayor of Surrey
In a series of tweets, councillor Linda Annis expressed her concerns over the lack of public consultation and said the community deserves more clarity on the issue.