Headline: Brar picked to run again for the NDP in next year’s election

Photo: Jagrup Brar (centre, white shirt) is surrounded by provincial NDP heavyweights after Sunday’s nominating meeting.

Surrey-Fleetwood: The New Democrats officially endorsed three-time winner Jagrup Brar as their Surrey-Fleetwood candidate in the 2017 provincial election last Sunday night at a standing-room only event at Northwood United Church.

“Surrey is BC’s fastest-growing municipality and the people of Surrey aren’t getting their fair share from the Christy Clark government,” said BC NDP Leader John Horgan.

“Families in Surrey will get more of what they deserve by electing Jagrup Brar as their MLA next spring. Whether it is overcrowded schools, caring for seniors, or making housing more affordable, Jagrup will speak up for them in Victoria,” he added.

Brar has won three elections since 2004, serving as Member of the Legislative Assembly for Surrey-Panorama Ridge and Surrey-Fleetwood. He was Deputy Chair of the Official Opposition Caucus and was Opposition Critic for the Ministries of Small Business and Revenue, Public Safety and Solicitor General, Employment and Income Assistance, and Public Health and Sports.

“The BC Liberals have ignored our fast-growing community for too long. It is time someone stood up for Surrey where public safety is under attack and seven thousand children are forced to spend their school days in portables,” he said.  “Too many people are struggling under the cost of MSP, Hydro and ICBC while Christy Clark and the BC Liberal Party give big tax cuts to the wealthiest British Columbians.”

Brar’s professional resume includes assisting professionals with career development and working with employers to develop strategies to recruit highly skilled, multicultural workforces.  As Executive Director of the Surrey Self-Employment and Entrepreneur Development Society, Brar trained new entrepreneurs to develop and launch successful small business ventures.

He and his wife Rajwant and their children Noor and Fateh live in Surrey.

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