There is yet another shakeup in politics at Surrey city hall.
Councillor Dave Woods has resigned from the ruling civic party, Surrey First.
In a statement, Woods said he cannot support a leader who doesn’t value or seek consultation with team members.
“I have no confidence the movement towards a more open, collaborative, and transparent culture within the party will exist and, therefore, I will not be seeking re-election as a member of Surrey First,” he said.
Woods says mayoral candidate Tom Gill supports a handgun ban in the city.
Woods opposes a ban, saying it would impact law-abiding handgun owners.
“I believe if there is a need for handgun regulation change or enhancement, recommendations should come from the Association of Canadian Police Chiefs,” he said.
Gill says given the escalating gun violence in Surrey, a discussion on banning handguns is long overdue.
“We as a civic party felt we need to look at a ban on handguns in this country and in this city and that’s something as a group we felt we could unanimously support,” he said.
Woods served in the RCMP for 43 years.