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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    Alysia MacGrotty, New Westminster

    For a long time, the City of New Westminster has had its own provincial seat. This has been a very good arrangement for the identity of the community. The MLA is ‘ours’. We have been represented by some memorable representatives - Premier ‘Boss’ Johnson, the famous ‘Cocke Machine’, and more recently, Deputy Speaker Dawn Black.

    But when you look at federal boundaries, New Westminster has been sliced and diced this way and that way.

    I would prefer that the electoral boundaries be keep the way it is though I understand that it must follow a formula based on maximum number of residents. I would still say, declare this as an exception.

    If you must tamper with New Westminster's boundaries, I suggest the cleanest division would be the Fraser River. While Queensborough has a long attachment as part of New Westminster, it is also separate from the neighbourhoods on the north arm of the Fraser and could be part of another riding to reflect the growing population.

    Thank you for considering my submission and looking forward to hearing the results of this study.

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