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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    Stan Harder, Grand Forks

    I would like to place on record my opposition to any changes proposed for our Boundary-Similkameen riding.

    Ours is an all rural constituency with its attendant cohesion of interests primarily in agriculture and forestry. Vineyards, lumber harvesting and processing, nurseries, orchards and livestock production are the mainstays of our commerce.
    Adding larger centers to Boundary - Similkameen would unavoidably dilute the impact of representations we might wish to make on governance . Our MLA is mandated to speak for all the people in a “greater good” capacity which would be increasingly difficult if our population were to include larger towns with populations of four or five thousand residents.

    I fear loss of autonomy in managing our affairs when dealing with senior governments. In order to effectively represent the population at large the range of consultations would inevitably need to be broadened significantly in order to embrace an entirely new set of potentially competing interests.

    As currently constituted our riding representatives are able to speak decisively for the majority of residents due almost entirely to our relatively homogenous life style population.

    The present lines of demarcation are working well and are perhaps best left unchanged until such time as adjustments can be verified to be of undisputed benefit to the majority of its citizens.

    Please reject any consideration of changing the boundaries of Boundary- Similkameen at this time.

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