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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    Norman Stowe, Surrey (Surrey-Cloverdale)

    Dear Commissioners,

    My family and I moved to Cloverdale in Surrey 27 years ago. As you can imagine, we’ve seen a lot of changes here in almost three decades, including a tremendous growth in our local population.

    Our community has become a real draw for families, and as a result, I think it is clear that Surrey in general, and Cloverdale in particular, are very much underrepresented in our provincial legislature.

    As a result, over time, the value of my vote, measured against the vote of someone living in a less populated constituency has diminished tremendously. This is very unfair, and something you have the ability to correct.

    For instance, I live in the Surrey-Cloverdale riding, which is the most populated in the province. Right next door, is Surrey-White Rock, which is one of the least populous in this particular region.

    As a result, I think it makes a lot of sense to add another Surrey-only riding. In fact, as you work to correct the population imbalance, I would suggest adding a new Surrey riding that adjusts the South Surrey/White Rock boundary that allows the current Surrey-White Rock riding to expand into a southern strip of the existing Surrey-Cloverdale riding. Looking at a local map, and where our population is, I believe that 23rd or 24th avenues could be used as the northern boundary with the Langley Township border being the eastern boundary. The fact is, the people living in those areas are more closely situated to White Rock and Semiahmoo than to the growing neighbourhoods north of 24th Avenue in Surrey-Cloverdale.

    Having worked on both the 1998 Boundary Commission for Josiah Wood, and the 2008 Commission for Bruce Cohen, I know, firsthand, the complicated job in front of you. However, by any measure, Surrey, and particularly the neighbourhoods around Cloverdale, Morgan Crossing and Panorama are very good examples of growing urbanization with too little political representation. As a result, I hope you will seriously consider an additional Surrey-only riding as a way to correct that inequity.

    Norman Stowe
    (address removed)
    Surrey BC
    (address removed)

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