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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    Rod Binder, Delta

    I have read with interest some of the online submissions regarding boundary reform and Delta. As a long-time resident of Delta, I would like to advocate for keeping the current boundaries of Delta North and Delta South in their current form. I am supportive of the current borders in Delta North that run along 96th Avenue and then down 120th Street, with the inclusion of Annacis Island. Additionally, in Delta South, although the area of land is large, the population is at approximately 46,125 people and the area remains one with distinct needs from its MLA that do not coincide with other areas beyond the Delta region. The two ridings in Delta remain united with a strong focus on community. I have seen and believe that the current boundaries allow MLAs to best serve the area, as the district is effectively divided by common concerns and community engagement. I firmly believe that Delta remains very separate from both Richmond and Surrey and believe that any border change would hurt the best interests of the constituents in Delta. Due to the distinct needs of both Delta ridings, any area removed would gravely hurt the community of that area and that what they need from their MLA would no longer match with what the MLA would be focused on accomplishing.

    The three distinct communities of Delta those being: North Delta, Ladner and Tsawwassen are engrained communities in the area that deserve to have their borders remain as much as possible within the same ridings. There are numerous reasons for this. Firstly, as I have already touched on is the community aspect. The fact of the matter is these areas are united through community events, schools and work and any change to these boundaries would ultimately harm the constituents as it would work to divide up these engrained neighborhoods.

    Secondly, one of the main focus areas in Delta is its agricultural land, something very distinct to the area. Many of the constituents within Delta rely on agriculture for their livelihood or are involved in the production and distribution of agricultural goods. This is an industry quite specific to Delta and although there is some farmland in Richmond and Surrey, it is neither of the riding’s main industries or focus on a provincial level. Thus, it is clear that the ridings of Delta North and Delta South require different support from their MLAs in different issue areas. The agriculture produced in Delta is also incredibly important for the entire lower mainland and thus it would be beneficial for everyone to ensure that the MLA in that region is able to specifically focus on what the community is in need of the most and not have to divide their time by, for example, two areas joined as one riding but that have very different community needs and interests.

    Finally, Delta has specific interest in its road networks. Distinct again to the area, is the amount of commuters that travel through Delta. Both the George Massey Tunnel and the Tsawwassen ferry terminal require a specific level of focus from MLAs to ensure these areas are properly watched over. There is a specific need, especially in Delta, for MLAs to have a detailed understanding of the issues and concerns of residents in the area as they remain very separate from the concerns of residents in other nearby ridings such as Richmond and Surrey.

    For all of the reasons I have outlined above, I firmly believe that the current boundaries in Delta should remain intact as they are what best serves the community, the constituents and thus the province in the best possible way.

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