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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    joan mcintyre, vancouver
    2014-11-14

    As the former MLA for West Vancouver- Garibaldi (2005-09) and West Vancouver-Sea to Sky (2009-13) I appreciate the opportunity to provide input in this boundary review process.
    The riding boundaries were changed between my 2 terms without a request from the public I believe, and consequently came as a surprise to all as the boundary between the 2 West Vancouver ridings at 22nd Street had been working well for quite some time. The natural divide between the two main business districts and residential areas of Dundarave and Ambleside only makes sense from a community interest perspective with two representatives for West Vancouver. After the boundary moved west to Rodgers Creek in 2009 something close to 5000 people /4000 eligible voters (10 % + of the total populace) were reallocated and lumped in with West Vancouver –Capilano leaving a much smaller segment of West Vancouver in the western portion –largely all residential. Any loss in West Vancouver –Capilano with a boundary shift can likely be made up with a change on its eastern boundary as North Vancouver- Lonsdale is the largest of the 4 existing ridings.
    Two representatives for West Vancouver is key so that there remain at least 4 voices on the North Shore, as we know that urban residents are increasingly under-represented by population in the Legislature.
    Finally there is a very strong growing relationship with West Vancouver and the Sea-to- Sky communities where the sports / recreation / tourism /arts bonds were cemented by the hosting of the 2010 Olympics. This was underscored by the cultural journey of the Squamish Nation which was a path from the North Shore through their traditional territory up the Sea to Sky Highway 99. This link between recreation, cultural and business interests along an urban and rural natural corridor is successful and should be only supported further.
    In sum, I advocate strongly for maintaining two West Vancouver ridings better balanced, with a return to the boundary at 22nd Street.
    Thank you for your consideration, Joan McIntyre



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