VICTORIA – Seven Surrey New Democrat MLAs were sworn into the Legislature virtually today following an historic election. Harry Bains, Garry Begg, Jagrup Brar, Bruce Ralston, Jinny Sims, Rachna Singh, and Mike Starchuk joined the largest BC New Democrat caucus ever elected.
The 57 new BC NDP members were sworn in as part of British Columbia’s 42nd Parliament, all focused on supporting people through the COVID-19 pandemic and delivering on their commitments to British Columbians.
“We have made a lot of progress in the last three and a half years, but there is much still to do as we keep each other safe and plan for our recovery,” said Bains, MLA for Surrey-Newton. “I am proud to be able to continue this work on behalf of the people of Surrey.”
The election of this New Democrat caucus features a number of notable milestones, including:
- First majority-women governing caucus in Canadian history
- Largest BC NDP caucus in history
- Highest number of IBPOC MLAs ever in a caucus in BC
British Columbians put their trust in New Democrats to lead the province’s pandemic recovery, and this diverse team will ensure no one gets left behind as we move forward.
Garry Begg, MLA for Surrey-Guildford
“At a time when many British Columbians are feeling worried, they deserve a government that is dedicated to keeping them safe. Our team is ready to continue this work.”
Jagrup Brar, MLA for Surrey-Fleetwood
“This New Democrat caucus is the largest in BC history and reflects the diversity and talent of British Columbians. I’m proud to be working alongside such impressive colleagues.”
Bruce Ralston, MLA for Surrey-Whalley
“I’m so proud to continue representing the people of my community as their MLA. I know these are challenging times. That’s why our government will continue to put people at the heart of every decision we make.”
Jinny Sims, MLA for Surrey-Panorama
“I’m honoured to be re-elected as MLA, and I look forward to working with our new team to keep British Columbians safe and healthy.”
Rachna Singh, MLA for Surrey-Green Timbers
“Representing my community has been an honour, and it is a responsibility I take seriously. I am eager to continue this work and keep making life better for people in Surrey and across BC.”
Mike Starchuk, MLA for Surrey-Cloverdale
“I am humbled by the support and trust the people of Surrey have shown me. It’s an honour to represent them as the first New Democrat MLA for Surrey-Cloverdale. I am also proud to be the first professional firefighter to be elected to the BC Legislature, and I’m looking forward to continuing to keep people healthy and safe.”