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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    David Davies, Victoria
    2014-11-06

    • The Commission has an opportunity to take a look at South Island boundaries and question whether the current boundaries are the best possible boundaries.

    • In the case of Saanich North & the Islands, this is one case where the boundaries make sense. The Peninsula municipalities of Central Saanich, North Saanich and Sidney are clearly apart from the core municipalities of Saanich, Oak Bay, Victoria, and Esquimalt.

    • The largest municipality is Saanich. Its population was 109,000 in 2011 and likely higher in 2014.

    • The Commission could split Saanich in two and have two appropriately sized districts.

    • The federal commission shows a way as it uses the obvious boundary – the Pat Bay Highway. It is the dominant transportation corridor on the South Island.

    • I urge you to consider looking at dividing Saanich into two and using the Pat Bay Highway (Highway 17), and Quadra Street as a divide between east and west Saanich.

    • The federal commission recognized a commonly accepted division of Saanich. For example, the Victoria Real Estate Board divides Saanich into “Saanich East” and “Saanich West”.

    • Saanich West would include neighbourhoods like Gorge, Glanford, Strawberry Vale, Willis Point, and Elk Lake.
    http://www.vreb.org/about_victoria/saanich_west.html

    • Saanich East would include neighbourhoods like Cordova Bay, Blenkinsop, Gordon Head, Swan Lake, Mt. Tolmie and Arbutus.
    http://www.vreb.org/about_victoria/saanich_east.html

    • I suggest you take a look at the Victoria Real Estate Board groupings, the federal boundaries, and the Saanich municipal boundary to design two Saanich constituencies.

    • From there, you could combine the City of Victoria and Oak Bay into two constituencies.

    • Further out, put Esquimalt, View Royal and the Western Communities into two constituencies, as they are now.

    • What you will end up with are true community of interest constituencies.

    • I think it would be reasonable to have a variance in population. If it meant a Saanich constituency having 55,000 to 60,000 residents and a City of Victoria constituency having 45,000 to 50,000 – so be it. In both cases, they fall within your plus or minus 25% rule.

    Thank you for your consideration



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