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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    Isaac Kendall, Delta

    The area of Delta is a distinct region that continues to have a warm close-knit community. I feel both the ridings of Delta North and Delta South have been and continue to be served exceedingly well by the current boundary lines. This is why I feel it would be best to keep the current boundary lines the same. The community of Delta, including both Delta North and Delta South, is one that is united and thus these two municipalities must remain intact. As a long-time resident of the area, I have witnessed and firmly believe the area of Delta remains distinct from its surrounding areas, such as Richmond and Surrey. Due to Delta’s distinct community and needs, I believe that merging either of the Delta ridings with Surrey or Richmond would detract from the voice of citizens in Delta. If the Delta ridings were merged with any other district riding, I believe it would be incredibly difficult for an MLA to adequately serve the needs of all their constituents. Therefore, I am proposing and firmly standing behind the proposal of keeping the boundary lines of Delta North and Delta South firmly intact.

    The population of Delta has remained relatively constant, with only a slight increase of approximately 3.3% from 2006, as reported in the 2011 Canadian Census. Due to the minimal increase in population, the ridings in Delta continue to be well represented in their current form. Additionally, both Delta North and Delta South remain similar in the number of people in their riding.

    Furthermore, there are three distinct communities in Delta, those being North Delta, Ladner, and Tsawwassen, which remain quite different from their surrounding areas of Richmond and Surrey. Delta remains an area that has a substantial amount of agriculture and fishing which heavily contributes to its economy and creates a very distinct area. This agriculture is incredibly important to all of the Lower Mainland and thus the area continues to need individuals who are able to continue to provide special attention to these distinct and special elements of Delta.

    Additionally, the current boundary that divides Delta North and Surrey continues to act as a clear and reasonable border running down 120th Street, a constantly busy street that runs in a straight line providing a logical division, thus I see no reason to alter it.

    The geographic region of Delta South has a particularly strong interest in maintaining its farmland. Unlike other ridings in the area, Delta South is known for and many of its constituents rely heavily on farmland for income. As the issue of farmland remains such a different concern from other areas, such as in Vancouver or Surrey, it would be very difficult for an MLA to address the urban needs of those areas and the more rural farming needs of Delta South. Thus, the current boundaries act to serve the community best and give constituents the most effective voice in government.

    Lastly, the region of Delta is frequented by many individuals who are commuting, be it through the George Massey Tunnel or through the Tsawwassen ferry terminal. Delta remains a city that numerous people commute through, which adds an additional reason as to why it remains so unique from its surrounding areas. It requires a level of specialized knowledge and attention to properly address the regional specific needs of this area.

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