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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    Kanwarjit Sandhu, Richmond

    Dear Commission,

    I am a Richmond resident for the last 35 years and have raised my family here. I am well versed in the political and economical impacts these types of decisions have on the city. I am involved as a retiree in various organizations and as a result I am writing to voice my opinion. I would like to request that the Electoral Boundaries Commission consider recognizing Richmond’s growing population and increase our representation to four Members of the Legislature. The statistics on your web site show that our populations are high compared to other places in BC.

    Clearly the Commission has a number of choices when it comes to dealing with Richmond’s growing population:

    · Maintain the status quo. Your population numbers seem to eliminate this as a choice as you would need to manipulate Richmond’s Provincial Electoral Districts to deny Richmond residents fair representation by staying under plus 25%.

    · Attach a part of Richmond to South Delta. It is true that South Delta has a lower population and the attraction of killing two birds with one stone would be attractive. Unfortunately, you would do just that – kill two birds. You would make people in Richmond and Delta unhappy. They tried this federally and the fact is, the Fraser River is a hard boundary. You shouldn’t cross it. South Delta has a low population but it’s within your acceptable range.

    · You might consider attaching part of Richmond to Vancouver. This would be a bad idea, again, the Fraser River is a strong divider.

    · Create a fourth Richmond seat. The Commission can do this and stay within acceptable ranges, albeit lower than other Lower Mainland areas. An acceptable adjustment would be to adjoin a fourth Richmond seat to the Queensborough neighbourhood of New Westminster. It is geographically contiguous (on Lulu Island) and you might be saving two birds instead of killing them, in this case. I urge you to consider this choice as your recommended realignment.

    Thank you for listening and I hope you make the right choice for all involved.

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