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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    Matt Pitcairn, Richmond Chamber of Commerce, Richmond
    2014-11-04

    November 4, 2014

    BC Electoral Boundaries Commission

    RE: REDISTRIBUTION2014 - ESTABLISHMENT OF A FOURTH RICHMOND RIDING

    The Richmond Chamber of Commerce is writing today to advocate that Richmond should have, and can support, an additional provincial riding as part of the current Electoral Boundaries Commission review.

    According to the 2011 census figures, every Richmond riding is over the provincial average, putting at risk the democratic principle of equality of vote weighting. Richmond’s population grew 9.2% from 2006 to 2011, and is expected to continue to significantly outpace provincial averages due to such factors as completion of the Canada Line, and developments around the Richmond Olympic Oval and City Centre core.

    Furthermore, Richmond has a unique demographic, geographic, and economic profile even when compared to neighboring municipalities, and is dramatically different in comparison to many of our northern and rural ridings.

    The present riding geography consists of Richmond-Centre and Richmond-Steveston in the western portion of Richmond, with Richmond-East covering the remainder of Lulu Island (with the exception of Queensborough, New Westminster). It would be advisable to create a new fourth riding which focuses on the centre/south portion of the City of Richmond.

    An average population of approximately 51,000 (based on 2014 B.C. EBC data) constituents per riding could be achievable with the creation of a fourth riding. If the commission would like to slightly increase this average, it could consider incorporating Queensborough into the riding of Richmond East for the next election cycle.

    In closing, the Richmond Chamber of Commerce strongly supports the creation of a fourth riding. The Richmond residential and business base is growing at a healthy pace and we believe that Richmond warrants additional representation in Victoria via the creation of a fourth riding on Lulu Island. Thank you for taking the time to consider our proposal.

    Sincerely,

    Craig Jones
    Executive Director
    Richmond Chamber of Commerce



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