Pash Brar has announced her candidacy for a Mission council seat in the 2022 municipal election.
Currently self-employed in the trucking industry, Brar finances heavy equipment, builds, sells and imports trailers from the U.S.
She is involved in the Surrey Board of Transportation, and writes for a number of trucking publications.
“I was born and raised in Mission, and these are, and will always be my roots. I’m proud to say I’m from Mission,” Brar said.
Both of Brar’s parents are immigrants; her immigrant father settled in Mission in 1962 and her mother five years later. She is the youngest of four sisters.
After graduating from Mission Secondary School, she went to Simon Fraser University to earn a bachelor’s degree in communication, then a management certificate in broadcast and media communications from BCIT.
Brar said she paid her own way through post-secondary school, working and studying full time.
As someone who has worked out of Surrey, Burnaby and Vancouver, Brar said that she knows the pain of commuting outside of Mission every day because of a lack of jobs.
“Well above half of (local) workers commute to work. I lived it. It’s exhausting. You don’t get to see your family. You eat dinner and go to sleep and wake up at 4 a.m. to do it again the next day. It’s no way to live,” she said.
She said she drove a huge amount for years and, “I want to bring more jobs to Mission so people can have a better quality of life, and not suffer like I did.”
Prior to being self-employed, Brar worked in banking, specializing in legal collections, and worked for four large accounting firms.
She said that affordable housing is one of her top priorities, and describes herself as a person of compassion who loves helping people.
“Young people nowadays feel defeated because they can’t afford to buy a home, and a city like Mission can offer options. It’s a great place to raise a family. I loved my childhood,” she said.
She said that Mission needs to lower developer fees to attract more development, and doesn’t agree with council’s recent move to increase rates.
“Mission used to have some of the lowest costs. Gradual steady increases are fine but increases of over 300 per cent and 400 per cent are just too much all at once,” she said. “These costs will be paid by the innocent home buyer in the end. We need to protect young families.”