Initiative to conduct a Surrey policing binding referendum

Petition status: Petition sheets have been issued to the proponent. Canvassers have 90 days to collect the required signatures.

Initiative petition number: IP-2021-002
Initiative petition title: Initiative to conduct a Surrey policing binding referendum
Initiative petition summary:

The purpose of the draft Bill is to have the provincial government conduct a regional binding referendum in the City of Surrey on the question of whether the Royal Canadian Mounted Police [RCMP] should be retained as the police service or whether a proposed Surrey Police Service should replace the RCMP.

This Bill would require the government to utilize the BC Referendum Act Section 1 (2) c, which allows the Lieutenant Governor in Council “to designate the area of British Columbia within which the referendum will be held.”

If held, the referendum would be comprised of a single question regarding whether to retain the RCMP as Surrey’s police service or create a new Surrey Police Service, as proposed. The referendum would be binding under Section 4 of the BC Referendum Act.

Proponent: Darlene Bennett
1770 West 7th Ave, Suite 305
Vancouver B.C. V6J 4Y6
Proponent financial agent: Don Armstrong
1770 West 7th Ave, Suite 305
Vancouver B.C. V6J 4Y6
Petition issue date: August 16, 2021
Petition due date: November 15, 2021
Electoral district thresholds: Signature thresholds by electoral district (PDF)
Initiative petition expenses
limits for proponent:
Opponent registration application deadline: July 19, 2021
opponents/opponent groups:
Opponent financial agents: None
Registered initiative
advertising sponsors:
Registered Initiative Petition Advertising Sponsors (PDF)
Initiative advertising sponsor expenses limit: $5,000
Financial filing deadline: December 13, 2021
News releases:

Application approved for initiative petition on Surrey policing 

Initiative Petition to Conduct a Surrey Policing Referendum Issued by Chief Electoral Officer

Initiative application: Application for initiative petition to conduct a Surrey policing binding referendum (PDF)
Draft Bill: Surrey Policing Binding Referendum 2021 Act (PDF)
Public notice: Public Notice – Recall and Initiative Act (PDF, English), Public Notice – Recall and Initiative Act (PDF, Punjabi)
Links: Guide to the Initiative Process
Guide to Initiative Communications
Initiative Petition Canvasser Guide
Media Obligations for Initiative Petitions and Votes
Recall and Initiative Act
Initiative FAQs
Approved Canvassers:
Initiative Petition Approved Canvasser Listing for IP-2021-002 (PDF)