Name: Sarjit Saran
Current city of residence: Surrey (Surrey Centre)
Age: 39
Occupation: Human Resources Professional
Political experience: First time

1. Name the top three issues going into this federal election, in order of importance
a. Accessibility
b. Affordable Housing
c. Medical Coverage

2. How would you address those issues if you were elected? 
The number one concern I’ve heard is around accessibility. As a Member of Parliament, you’re the voice for your community. Accessibility means making yourself available to fellow residents, not making them wait three months for a meeting. You deserve a voice and I’m prepared to listen.

When I talk to long-term residents, many are concerned that the next generation can’t afford to live in the neighbourhoods they grew up in. That’s why we’ll build 500,000 affordable housing units and re-introduce 30-year terms to CMHC insured mortgages on entry-level homes for first time buyers.

Recently, I was talking to a pharmacist who told me about all the medication sitting on their shelves because patients couldn’t afford their prescriptions. Worldwide, we pay the 3rd highest prices for prescription drugs. People are being left behind. Our plan for pharmacare for all, covering prescriptions from A-Z, ensures patients get the care they deserve.

3. What makes you the best person for this job? 
Over the last 20 years, I’ve lived in every district in Surrey. I know the people, I know the businesses, I know the issues. I also know what its like to be brushed off by your Member of Parliament when you raise an issue. The people of Surrey deserve a representative who will hear them out and fight on their behalf.

Every single day, I talk with families about the increasing pressure of making ends meet. I talk to seniors who have to make difficult decisions on whether they pay for groceries or their mediation. I talk to young people who have given up on being able to buy a home. We need a representative that will advocate on the issues facing our community. I make a living listening to people. If I am given the honour of being your MP, I plan on continuing to listen to people.