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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    Denise Williams, Merritt

    Dear EBC Commissioners,
    Thank you for accepting my submission.
    I am a retired teacher, French Coordinator for SD58, and taught in Merritt for 15 years prior to retiring in 1998. I have lived in Merritt for 41 years, and raised my 3 children there. I love the Nicola Valley and am most interested in its ability to survive as a vibrant community. I am worried about the downturn it has experienced in recent years, and feel that good electoral representation is key to prosperity. Tying Merritt to high growth areas such as the Okanagan cannot help us to survive.
    I would have attended the hearings in person, but was away at the time and unable to do so. I am thankful you allow a written submission from me.
    I understand that some rural regions will be protected from erosion, and Fraser-Nicola at 42.65per cent below the average population for a provincial riding is one of these. It is rEasonable that two or more seats be added in high growth regions in the Lower Mainland. However, Fraser-Nicola, which covers a huge geographical area, also needs good representation. A reasonable way to bring up the population required would be to keep Princeton in the region, as well as extending the boundary back to Hope. Hope and Princeton are a good fit for the area as they share the same geographic, transportation, historic, and economic interests as do Merritt, Logan Lake, Lytton, Yale, Boston Bar, Lillooet, Spences Bridge, Cache Creek and Ashcroft. As you are aware, the Hope area was part of the Cariboo-Thompson District from 1966 to 2009, in conjunction with the areas now in Fraser-Nicola. We are all similar-sized communities dependent upon resource-based industries like ranching, forestry, mining, fishing and hunting, we have little in common with the denser population areas of the Okanagan. The Hugh growth Okanagan Region could be shifted northward, and the Southern and Eastern Okanagan could be shifted to the Boundary-Similkameen and Columbia-Kootenay Rrgions to help solve their under population problems.
    I hope you will take my insight into these areas into consideration. I have lied here for a very long time, and feel I know the area well.
    Thank you for your time and consideration.
    Respectfully submitted,
    Denise Williams
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