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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    Carolyn Madge, Oliver

    As a lifelong resident in Oliver, BC I would be very concerned to any changes to the Boundary Similkameen electoral area relating to increasing the size of our riding.
    Our electoral area is strongly agricultural. It is very diverse; from cattle ranching to fruit and vegetable farming and to a burgeoning grape growing/wine making industry. We are very rural in nature and have little in common with larger urban centres including Penticton and Kelowna. In my opinion, Boundary-Similkameen boundaries should not be expanded to include either city. Our rural population needs its own representation in government because our concerns are so very different from any urban issues. My fear is that our voice will not be heard if we were to be amalgamated into another electoral area.
    Arguably, our area has the largest population of seniors and people on fixed incomes. Our rate of unemployment is also an issue primarily because of the seasonal nature of job opportunities throughout Okanagan-Similkameen.
    Respectfully I would ask that any expansion of Boundary-Similkameen not be considered. I would also ask that strong consideration be given to our status as a rural electoral area. It should remain so. To become part of another electoral area that is urban is to diminish our uniqueness and take away any opportunity of our rural voice being heard in Victoria.
    Thank you.

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