As we move into the second week of the first session of the 42nd Parliament, I’d like to update my Surrey-Cloverdale constituents of the progress of setting up and equipping a Constituency office.
As some of you may know, there has been a massive IT issue in the Legislature and they have been working around the clock to resolve these technical issues. All MLAs have their email up and running in some form, but the new MLA’s are in various states of operations. Equipment (computers and phones) still have not arrived, which create a number of connectivity issues with using personal equipment to connect to constituents.
With regard to my office set up, I was not able to move into the former MLA office, as that lease arrangement had ceased. We have found some vacant space in a building near 64 Avenue and 176 Street. We have an office floor and design plan currently in the drawing stages, before it goes to the Legislature for approval. Once that is complete, we will be able to apply for a tenant improvement permit from the City of Surrey, and then work can begin.
With regards to the IT and equipment issues, the hope is to have the equipment here before Christmas. Once this is achieved, my Constituency Assistant (CA) will be able to begin the daunting task of creating a “system” to address the files that will be generated.
Members of the public have been very understanding with the technological challenges I am facing, in this transition, and your patience is greatly appreciated during these challenging times.
Thank you and I look forward to seeing, visiting and hearing from you in the near future.
Because of COVID, all Swearing-In Ceremonies were done virtually.
Here is me signing the Oath Of Alligiance,
and becoming the MLA for Surrey-Cloverdale, over Zoom,
on November, 24th, 2020.