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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    William Dutton, Qualicum Beach


    I am writing regarding the review of provincial boundaries. I am a resident of the Parksville-Qualicum riding.

    I believe that Highway 19 is the natural geographic and transportation boundary and that the commission should continue to use it as the division between Alberni-Pacific Rim and Parksville-Qualicum.

    The population inequities between Comox Valley and Alberni-Pacific Rim provide the commission with an opportunity to move population from Comox Valley into Alberni-Pacific Rim to address the population imbalance and vote weight. Comox Valley clearly needs to reduce its population while Alberni-Pacific Rim has fewer voters and should increase.

    The principle of equal value votes is perhaps the single most important tenant of democracy; one person one vote and all votes should be of equal value. Of course this is not always possible, but it must remain the paramount principle and goal of commissions such as yours. In this instance, the two ridings Comox and Alberni already share a common boundary. A simple redistribution of population between these two ridings would follow this principle and go along ways toward achieving the goal.

    This rebalancing of the population and therefore vote weight could be achieved without any adjustment to the existing and natural community and economic geo-political, and/or electoral boundaries of the Parksville-Qualicum Beach riding.

    Sincerely yours,

    Craig Dutton

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