With by-election on horizon, Deputy Liberal Leader Ralph Goodale will talk tough about guns in Surrey

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      Less than a month before voters in South Surrey and White Rock will elect a new MP, the Liberal public safety minister will pay a visit to B.C.'s second biggest city.

      Today at RCMP headquarters in Green Timbers, Ralph Goodale is expected to announce tough measures to deal with gun violence, including more background checks and border searches.

      Goodale is deputy leader of the Liberal Party of Canada. 

      Prior to the last election, the Liberals pledged that $100 million would go to provinces and territories each year to fight guns and gangs, and support police task forces.

      The federal Liberal platform claimed that this would "take illegal guns off our streets and reduce gang violence".

      It helped Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his party get five Liberal MPs elected in Surrey and Delta.

      However since then, Surrey and North Delta have been plagued by gun violence.

      Surrey RCMP's latest quarterly report reveals there were 1,514 violent crimes in the city over the months of July, August, and September. 

      Included in this year's quarterly report were six homicides, eight attempted murders, and 17 abductions and kidnappings in Surrey. There were also 66 offensive-weapons offences over the three-month period.

      The only Conservative MP elected in Surrey in 2015 was former mayor Dianne Watts in Surrey South-White Rock.

      She narrowly defeated her Liberal opponent, former councillor Judy Higginbotham, by 1,439 votes. This was previously an extremely safe Conservative seat.

      This year, Watts resigned from the House of Commons to seek the B.C. Liberal leadership, clearing the way for a federal by-election on December 11.

      Former Conservative cabinet minister Kerry-Lynne Findlay is running against former B.C. Liberal cabinet minister and former White Rock mayor Gordon Hogg.

      Trudeau was in White Rock earlier this week campaigning with Hogg.

      On the same day, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer spoke to the Surrey Board of Trade.

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