The numbers are in and it looks like when it came to this past May's provincial election, money definitely talked in Surrey.
In fact, out of the city's eight provincial ridings, six were won by the biggest spender, with Surrey-Newton and Surrey-Tynehead being the only exception. The numbers were revealed in expense reports recently released by Elections B.C.
According to the reports, the biggest spender of all the Surrey ridings was Surrey-Fleetwood MLA Peter Fassbender, who received and spent $192,974 during his campaign. Fassbender was heavily promoted by the Liberal party, and ousted incumbent Jagrup Brar of the NDP in that riding. Brar raised a total of $71,396 for his campaign and spent $67,800.
In Surrey-Cloverdale, the Liberals' Stephanie Cadieux raised and spent $86,811. The NDP candidate for that riding, Harry Kooner, did not appear to have filed his expenses on time.
Surrey-Green Timbers was won by NDP incumbent Sue Hammell, who brought in $92,643 and spent $82,104 for her campaign. She defeated the Liberals' Amrik Tung, who raised $69,205 and spent $69,196. Unlike many other candidates, the majority of Tung's funding came from his own pocket, having spent $45,000 of his own money on his campaign.
Surrey Coun. Marvin Hunt also kept the ball rolling, raising $99,943 and spending $99,651 to secure his seat in Surrey-Panorama. His NDP opponent, Amrik Mahil, raised $72,141 and spent $67,293.
The NDP's Bruce Ralston won a decisive victory in Surrey-Whalley, thanks in part to the $112,494 raised and $81,844 spent during that riding's campaign. In contrast, his Liberal opponent, Kuljeet Kaur, brought in $29,006 and spent $32,116.
In the south, Surrey-White Rock remained Liberal territory, with incumbent Gordon Hogg retaining his position having raised and spent $79,661. Susan Keeping of the NDP raised about half of that at $37,636 and spent $36,835.
Amrik Virk's win in Surrey-Tynehead proved to be one of two exceptions to the rule, with his total raised and spent coming in at less than his opponent's at $97,416. Avtar Bains, his NDP counterpart, raised $117,067 and spent $108,853 during the campaign.
Harry Bains of the NDP kept his seat in Surrey-Newton after raising $86,630 and spending $63,543. On the Liberal front, candidate Sukhminder Virk claimed $36,720 in income and $68,537 in expenditures.
Finally, in Delta North, the Liberals' Coun. Scott Hamilton eked out a victory over the NDP candidate and fellow council member Sylvia Bishop by just 203 votes. That's despite Hamilton spending nearly $24,000 more than Bishop, at $94,063 compared with Bishop's $70,906. As for earnings, Hamilton raised $101,139 while Bishop brought in $69,280.
With files from Amy Reid
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