How is Surrey getting blamed for a riot in Vancouver? The answer is simple, people don’t understand Surrey, especially people who live on the “good” side of the bridges and tunnels. There was an outdoor viewing site in Surrey for game 7 in what is one of the poorest and least loved areas of the city. Whalley or “Central City” comes a close second to the downtown east side for its open drug use and visual appeal but has served as Surrey’s public gathering site for a few years now. There were no riots in Whalley, no fights, just disappointed Canuck fans who went home instead of burning cars. They didn’t get on the Skytrain and head for Vancouver, they just went home.
Now I’m not saying that no one involved in the riot was from Surrey, simple demographics and population numbers will tell you that they were there. What I am saying is that the area we live in is called the Greater Vancouver Regional District for a reason. There were people from all over the GVRD involved in this horrible night and to pin it on Surrey just because you have heard that Surrey is a “bad” town is wrong, unfair and is the same mentality of the people involved in this riot. To me it borders on racism given the ethnic diversity of Surrey.
What did I see last night? I saw my hockey team lose, I saw people in a pub in Surrey upset but not angry and I saw a family standing on the side of the road an hour after the game had ended waiving their Canucks towels and cheering to cars passing by. That is what Surrey is to me, my home, a misunderstood place that has always treated me well and a place where I’m proud to raise my daughter.
I’m from Surrey, the best city on earth.