Former MLA, Cabinet Minister Brenda Locke Running for BC Liberals in Surrey-Green Timbers
Former MLA and cabinet minister Brenda Locke has been named as the BC Liberals’ candidate in Surrey-Green Timbers for the upcoming provincial election.
“Surrey is my home, and making it even better is my passion,” said Locke. “Only Premier Christy Clark and the BC Liberal team have a plan to grow the economy and deliver jobs and opportunity for Surrey residents – and I’m running so that I can support that work.”
Locke previously represented Surrey-Green Timbers in the Legislature from 2001 to 2005, serving as minister of state for mental health and addiction services. She currently works as executive director of the Registered Massage Therapists’ Association of British Columbia, representing over 3,000 RMTs practicing in BC. Locke also serves on the board of the Surrey Urban Mission, which serves 300 meals each day to the community’s most vulnerable.
She pointed to the BC Liberals’ plan to eliminate MSP premiums beginning with a 50% cut for middle-class families, the recent investment in 5,200 new student seats in the Surrey school district, and new funding of $140 million for mental health and addictions – challenges Locke sees first hand – as key examples of the party’s commitment to Surrey families and neighbourhoods.
“We can only invest in health care, education, and affordable housing when we have a strong economy and balanced budgets with a BC Liberal government,” Locke added. “The NDP has no plan to create jobs or make life better for real people – just reckless schemes that would raise taxes and put British Columbians out of work.”
Today’s BC Liberals have now nominated 78 candidates province-wide. The provincial election will take place on May 9, 2017.