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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    Susan Johnston, District of Hope, Hope

    I am the Mayor of the District of Hope and I feel it is imperative that I forward my thoughts and comments on the proposed boundary change where Hope and the Fraser Canyon could again become part of the Fraser Nicola riding. This would be a huge mistake. Indeed this was the case a number of years ago as I am sure you are aware, it did not work then, and it most certainly did not add any benefit or value to Hope, in fact we had less representation. The MLA was located in Merritt and rarely found himself in Hope. So why on earth would we even entertain this again?

    We in Hope are a historic and vital part of the Fraser Valley; we anchor the valley in the East and naturally travel to Chilliwack for our extended medical needs, shopping, and work. Currently we are represented very well as part of the Chilliwack-Hope riding, and it is simply commonsense to remain within the existing riding. We have a natural alignment with the Fraser Valley Regional District and our MLA for Chilliwack-Hope has a keen interest in representing us and has made his positive influence felt on many matters pertaining to the community of Hope. People who live in Hope go to work in the Fraser Valley, they do not head up to Princeton, Merritt, Lillooet, Ashcroft or Clinton; they go to Agassiz, Harrison and Chilliwack and therefore share little in common with them.

    We share land with our Stó:lō First Nations throughout the Fraser Valley, the headquarters for Stó:lō is in Chilliwack and its claims go up through Hope to Yale, so to remove Hope and allocate it to the Fraser Canyon would only divide the representation we presently have and it would divide our interests.

    I believe that we in Hope would clearly not be well served or our interests well represented if this proposed change were to be enacted, so I implore you to please support the status quo and leave our present boundaries as they are. It only makes sense to remain as Chilliwack-Hope.

    Thank you for looking after the best interest of Hope and the Fraser Canyon.

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