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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    Carmen Nikal, Smithers
    2014-11-07

    Dear Panel Members:

    I am writing to express my concerns about any possible changes you might be considering to the boundaries of Stikine Constituency. I believe there are special circumstances that warrant leaving current boundaries in place to ensure effective representation for all individuals living and voting in this area of the province.

    Although our constituency has a smaller population per MLA compared to other constituencies in BC, it has an incredible area of land that is inhabited by residents sharing common histories and cultures as well as economies. The Highway 16 stretch from Quick to Kitwanga/Gitwangak and the HIghway 37 stretch north as far as the Yukon border justify one MLA to voice the common issues and concerns we share. For example, the current boundary unites all of the Gitksan communities along Highway 16 into one constituency, avoiding the previous split that meant the Gitksan nation had to deal with 2 MLA's on relevant issues of concern to them.

    The geography of our area of BC also lends itself to the current configuration of electoral boundaries, with roads having been built to link people together. This is definitely an asset that provides support when voters go to the polls or participate in meetings and events that deal with provincial government business.

    I encourage you to leave current boundaries in place and neither add nor remove land/communities form the Stikine Constituency.

    Sincerely,
    Carmen Nikal
    83-95 Laidlaw Rd
    Smithers, BC



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