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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    John Henry, Princeton

    Dear Commissioners:

    My name is John Henry. I am a retired real estate broker and have been living in Princeton for 34 years.

    I want to inform you that I would like Princeton and its area to remain within the current Fraser-Nicola Electoral District. There have been suggestions by people in Penticton that Princeton should be added to Boundary-Similkameen. I do not agree with them. We have very little in common with the Boundary-Similkameen, which is located in the Southern Okanagan. All our links are with Merritt and the other communities to the north of us.

    They are into tree-fruit farming and tourism in the Okanagan. Princeton’s economy is dependent upon our natural resources, such as forestry, mining and ranching. All our transportation links are with Merritt, too. When the Hope-Princeton Highway is closed in the winter we travel through Merritt and the Coquihalla Highway to get to Vancouver. Also, we travel north along the Merritt-Princeton Highway and turn off at Aspen Grove in order to get to Kelowna and Vernon in the North Okanagan.

    Princeton is a part of the Nicola-Similkameen School District and the Cascades Forest District to the north of us. Simply shopping in Penticton once or twice every month does not constitute a “trading link” with the South Okanagan as some have wrongly suggested.

    If Boundary-Similkameen needs more people then please take it from the over-populated Okanagan ridings. Fraser-Nicola is well below the average population size of provincial ridings. We should actually have more people added onto Fraser-Nicola from the Hope area to bring it in line with the electoral quotient.

    We have so much in common with the other communities in the area like Merritt, Lillooet, Lytton, Hope, Cache Creek, Ashcroft and Logan Lake. We are fighting to keep our communities from suffering further cuts to health care, education, policing, post office, etc. The smaller communities that form rings around these above communities, such as Goldbridge-Bralorne, Pavillion, Seton Prtage, Bonaparte, Walhachin, Spences Bridge, Lower Nicola, Douglas Lake, Coalmont-Tulameen, Missezula Lake, Sunshine Valley, Chawathil, Yale, Spuzzum, and Boston Bar also have a lot in common with each other as area-dependent communities in this part of the province. They all share a common “community interest”, and need to be united under one constituency.

    In closing, I recommend that Princeton and area remain within Fraser-Nicola, and that the Hope area be added on to Fraser-Nicola in order to bring its population closer to the plus or minus 25% deviation.

    Thank you.

    John Henry
    (address removed)
    Princeton, BC, (address removed)

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