British Columbia

Jagrup Brar, Jinny Sims and Garry Begg upset Liberals in Surrey ridings

NDP upsets Liberals in Surrey-Fleetwood, Surrey-Panorama and Surrey-Guildford. Jagrup Brar who defeated former Liberal Minister Petter Fassbender, says it was due to a, 'powerful NDP agenda.'

NDP's Brar defeats Peter Fassbender, Sims takes Surrey-Guildford, while Begg beats Amrik Virk

Jagrup Brar celebrates his victory in Surrey-Fleetwood by defeating the incumbent Peter Fassbender. (Meera Bains/CBC)

The NDP took three seats from the Liberals in Surrey, winning six seats in total in the area, something the party has never done before.

Jagrup Brar upset former minister Peter Fassbender in Surrey-Fleetwood, Jinny Sims defeated the Liberals' Puneet Sandhar in Surrey-Panorama and in Surrey-Guildford, Garry Begg defeated Amrik Virk, another former minister.


Brar was able to win one of the closest swing ridings in the 2017 B.C. election.

He attributed his victory to the NDP's promise to eliminate tolls on local bridges, focus on daycare and build new hospitals and schools.

"That very powerful [NDP] agenda was key," he said.

Surrey-Fleetwood was one of the only two ridings in B.C. to have the same three candidates for the B.C. Liberals, NDP and Green Party as in the last election.

That's when former Langley mayor Peter Fassbender was able to squeak this riding out for the Liberals by 200 votes, their smallest margin of victory in the entire province.

Fassbender was education minister during the 2014 teacher's dispute, with many Surrey schools struggling to cope with more students than they can accommodate. 


Meanwhile, the NDP's Jinny Sims was in of the closest battles of the night with the Liberals' Puneet Sandhar.

Less than 2,000 votes separated the two.

Sims represented part of the riding as MP for Newton-North Delta from 2011 to 2015. 

Sandhar is a young lawyer who sits on multiple boards in Surrey.

Key issues in the riding were the aftermath of the 2014 truck drivers strike and a promise by the B.C. Liberals to allow Uber into the Metro Vancouver market.


The B.C. Liberals' Amrik Virk could not hold onto the riding of Surrey-Guilford, which used to be part of the old Surrey-Tynehead riding.

It was broken up when Surrey gained a ninth electoral district for this election. The NDP's Begg won with slightly more than 49 per cent of the vote.

He's a former RCMP inspector, who ran for the federal NDP in Fleetwood-Port Kells last election. 

"There was a deep desire for change," said Begg who added that the amount of time leader John Horgan spent in the riding helped him win.

The riding of Surrey-Guildford was a battle between two former RCMP inspectors. The NDP's Garry Begg defeated incumbent Amrik Virk. (Meera Bains/CBC)

Virk served as minister of advanced education before being shuffled to the Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Citizens' Services in 2014.


Stephanie Cadieux held onto the Liberal seat in Surrey South, the newest Surrey riding.

The former B.C. Paraplegic Association director of marketing and development won in Surrey-Panorama in 2009 and Surrey-Cloverdale in 2013, both by wide margins.

For the past four years, she served as the minister for children and family development.

The riding of Surrey South includes parts of the Surrey South neighbourhood but also parts of Panorama and Cloverdale.


Liberal Marvin Hunt was re-elected in Surrey-Cloverdale.

Surrey-Green Timbers

The NDP's Rachna Singh was elected in Surrey Green-Timbers to hold onto the seat which Sue Hammell had for the party for 22 years.


Harry Bains won his fourth term in Surrey-Newton for the NDP.


The NDP's Bruce Ralston was been re-elected in Surrey-Whalley for his fourth term.

Surrey-White Rock

The Liberals's Tracy Redies was elected in Surrey-White Rock.

The Liberals have won the riding in every election since it was created prior to the 1991 vote.

Delta North

The NDP picked up a seat in Delta North.

Ravi Kahlon, a former national field hockey player who played for Canada in the 2000 and 2008 Summer Olympics, defeated Liberal incumbent Scott Hamilton.

The riding has been decided by 2,000 votes or less in six elections. 

Delta South

The Liberals Ian Patton won the riding of Delta South, which had been held by independent Vicki Huntington, who did not run for re-election.