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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    Julie Halfnights, Richmond
    2014-11-04

    As volunteer and, when necessary, a community activist, I am writing to speak for the addition of a fourth riding for Richmond. I live in the Richmond Centre riding and don’t need look far to see that the significant increase in housing and people in my area. I volunteer with my local community association and serve on the board of the Richmond Community Foundation, two agencies that, every day, see the impact of increased population and the need for equitable representation in our legislature.

    I have had a look at the Electoral District changes between 2008 and 2014 and note that the population of each of the three Richmond ridings significantly exceeds the norms for ridings across the province and falls in the top 7 or 8 in the province. My home riding ranks 4th in terms of a positive deviation from the median population per riding, while Richmond East ranks 5th, Richmond Steveston 14th and New Westminster 7th, which would seem to indicate there is ample room to add an additional MLA to represent Richmond citizens with, perhaps, the inclusion of the Queensborough area in a newly formed riding. The combination of increased population of these four ridings is close to the number of residents in some of the smaller ridings...and with the number of cranes in the skyline, it is easy to see that Richmond and New West will continue to grow over the next few years.

    As well as increased population, our area has seen significant growth in airport infrastructure, flights and associated businesses. It seems to me that the complexity of the airport’s commerce and intergovernmental business as well as the strong ties between Richmond and Asia also merit consideration when any new ridings are formed.



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