SURREY (NEWS 1130) – A Liberal candidate in Surrey is speaking out after a hateful symbol was spray-painted on one of his signs. Randeep Sarai, who is running for re-election in Surrey Centre, recently discovered the image of the swastika.
“I feel really sad,” he said. “I feel really bad that we’re in the 21st century, we’re in a multicultural, diverse society that gets along really well. And to see this still pop up?”
Sarai grew up in Burnaby and has lived in Surrey since 2004.
“I grew up with this when I was younger but to see this still emerge, it is very sad and I think it’s not a reflection of who we are. It just shows that the government and society as a whole has a lot more work to do to make sure we get rid of this type of insensitive hatred that still permeates society.”
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Sarai is a father of three and believes his kids are growing up in a more inclusive society.
“In the younger population they don’t see it and I’m very happy about that. They don’t see that in their day to day. They go to public schools and they have not seen that in their in their classrooms, so it still shocks them when they see that.
“I’ve always taught them that there are people out there that unfortunately don’t tie with Canadian values and respect one another, but you must continue to [be respectful] and by doing so, I think we’ll make a better society. I think most of it stems from ignorance and and hate and we’ve got to reduce both.”
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Should the person or people responsible come forward or be caught, Sarai says he would like to meet with them.
“I’d like them to realize what the symbol means and how it’s the symbol of killing over 6 million people and how it affects … particularly the Jewish Canadians in this country. But it’s beyond that. I think it affects anyone that is different, that has unique identity, or maybe unique in their faith. It makes a very piercing effect on all of them.
While the incident is concerning, especially for the safety of volunteers, he says he’s keeping his spirits up.
“When they go low, we go high,” he said.