Rachna SinghSurrey: At a packed nomination meeting for community activist Rachna Singh on Sunday, BC NDP Leader John Horgan said the party is gearing up to defeat Christy Clark with a strong team of candidates who reflect the diversity of British Columbia.

Singh was officially acclaimed as the BC NDP candidate for Surrey-Green Timbers at the Bear Creek Pavilion Sunday afternoon. The meeting included speeches by Horgan, Ontario MPP Jagmeet Singh and outgoing MLA Sue Hammell.

“I am very proud of our diverse team of candidates,” said Horgan. “When we look at what is going in the world right now, it is more important than ever to celebrate diversity and stand up for tolerance.”

Horgan said the BC NDP will work to build a more inclusive BC. “Christy Clark is only in it for people at the top,” he said. “We need a government that will work for everyone.”

Rachna Singh, a drug and alcohol counsellor and support worker, says she’s seen firsthand how Christy Clark’s decisions are making life harder for people in Surrey.

“Christy Clark is putting her millionaire friends ahead of people in Surrey,” she said. “Our housing costs are skyrocketing and our schools are overcrowded, but Christy Clark is more concerned with giving tax cuts to millionaires.”

Rachna Singh emigrated from India in 2001 with her husband and their young family to make Canada their home. As an immigrant, Singh understands the struggles that many new Canadians face.

“Rachna is a fantastic candidate and I’m impressed with her commitment to making life better for her community,” says Jagmeet Singh. “She understands the real issues people face and she’s going to be an excellent candidate and MLA for people in Surrey-Green Timbers.”

Rachna Singh joins other South Asian BC NDP candidates Preet Rai (Abbotsford West), Raj Chouhan (Burnaby-Edmonds), Ravi Kahlon (Delta North), Tarik Sayeed (Penticton), Amandeep Singh (Richmond-Queensborough), Jagrup Brar (Surrey-Fleetwood), Harry Bains (Surrey-Newton) and Jinny Sims (Surrey-Panorama).