Previous Public Input Received
The following input and submissions were gathered by the commission through public hearings held in 29 communities throughout B.C. from September to November 2014. The public also provided input through the online submission form, by email and by mail to be reviewed and considered as the commission develops a Preliminary Report for further public input.
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    John Les, Chilliwack
    2014-10-29

    Thank you for the opportunity to provide input.
    Having previously served as Mayor of Chilliwack, Chair of the Fraser Valley Regional District, and MLA for the Chilliwack-Sumas (now Chilliwack) riding, I have come to the conclusion that the current electoral boundaries serve the various communities very well.
    The current Chilliwack riding includes the majority of the Chilliwack population and its boundaries are recognized as quite logical with the previous "Sumas" portion now included in the Abbotsford-South riding.
    The Chilliwack-Hope riding includes the balance of the Chilliwack population and, in addition, those communities that have a natural affinity, culturally and economically, with Chilliwack. These communities include Cultus Lake, Kent, Harisson, Hope and the Fraser canyon communities of Yale and Boston Bar, All of these communities have been included in the same Regional District as Chilliwack since regional districts were introduced in the 1960's (first, the Fraser Cheam Regional District, and since 1995, the Fraser Valley Regional District, after a regional boundary rationalization process that I led). The Fraser Valley Regional Library system (which I chaired in the 1990's) also encompasses the communities of Hope and the Fraser Canyon.
    The people of these communities see Chilliwack and the Fraser Valley generally as their hub of regional services. Logically therefore, they should, remain within the current Chilliwack-Hope configuration. To do otherwise would be disruptive, confusing and, in my humble opinion, unwise.

    Submitted for your consideration.



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