Paul Rusan


Paul Rusan



Running for

City/Town Council

Party or Slate (if applicable)

People First Surrey


Do you know how much your local government invests in the arts? Would you commit to advocating for an increase in that cultural investment for arts, culture, and heritage in your community, within the capacity of your elected body?

The amount is $ 110,435,000 for Parks, recreation and culture in 2017. If there is a need to increase the funding I will support that.


If elected, will you take an active role on behalf of your local government in championing the growth of arts, culture and heritage in your community? Why?

Arts and culture play an important part in a community. It is a mean to bring people together. I will take an active role to connect all the members of our community through arts and culture.


Students with an education rich in the arts have better grade point averages and are three times more likely to get a degree. Will you commit to making the arts a critical component of every child’s education? If so, how?

Education is a provincial responsibility under the Canadian constitution, The City of Surrey is doing a great job in organizing various after school programs related to arts.

Cultural Growth

How will your local government maintain or grow its investment in cultural programs in your community?

There are some areas in our city that requires more attention, specially Whalley. I will work with all the parties involved to increase the funding if is required to take better care of this neighborhood.

Cultural Spaces

Will you work to ensure access to affordable, sustainable cultural spaces for artists and arts organizations? If so, how?

Surrey Arts Gallery is doing a great job already in promoting our local artists.

Cultural Tourism

How do you propose to improve cultural tourism in your community?

Cultural tourism can be improved by linking Surrey with another city in the world, Sister City concept.

How do you propose to attract or retain artists and cultural workers in your community?

There are various grants available for artist, I will work on making the process more accessible to artists.

Key Issues

What do you feel is the single most important issue relating to arts, culture, and heritage in your community, and what action will you take to address it?

I believe the message about cultural events doesn’t reach the targeted audience on time. We need to work on better advertising our cultural events.


How do you personally engage in the cultural life of the community? (e.g. involvement on committees, attending arts and culture events, etc.)

I attend many cultural events, and I am also part of a Movie Making Group of Artist in Surrey.