Initiative Petition to Conduct a Surrey Policing Referendum Unsuccessful

November 16, 2021

VICTORIA – The Initiative to conduct a Surrey policing binding referendum has failed and will not proceed further in the initiative petition process.

The petition was submitted to Elections BC on November 15, 2021. Under the Recall and Initiative Act, a petition must gather signatures from at least 10% of the registered voters in each of the province’s 87 electoral districts in order to be successful.

It was clear upon submission that the petition did not receive the required number of signatures in each electoral district. As a result, Elections BC will not be counting or validating any of the signatures submitted.

Darlene Bennett, the proponent of the initiative, must file a financing report with the Chief Electoral Officer by December 13, 2021.

For more information about the initiative petition process, see Elections BC’s website at

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Andrew Watson
Director, Communications
Elections BC
Phone: 250-387-1709

Elections BC is the independent, non-partisan Office of the Legislature responsible for administering electoral processes in British Columbia under provincial legislation, including the Election Act, Local Elections Campaign Financing Act, Recall and Initiative Act and Referendum Act.