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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    Marvin Strimbold, Burns Lake
    2014-11-15

    I respectfully submit the following recommendations to the Commission regarding electoral boundaries in Northwest BC. The ridings I will discuss consist of the North Coast, Skeena, Stikine, and Nechako Lakes.

    I understand that geographical size should be considered as some of the electoral districts are as big as European countries. However, I also believe that it is important to keep communities of interest together and sometimes that means expanding a district where communities are better linked.

    I applaud the previous commission and the provincial government for understanding the unique challenges of the North and creating districts with these challenges in mind. However, there are a couple of changes that should be considered to make these districts perfect.

    The one change I actively encourage to be undertaken is in three parts. This suggested change is a result of talking with a lot of people in my present and neighbouring electoral districts.

    First, the Nass Valley should be grouped in the North Coast riding, not the Skeena riding. It never made sense to me why Nisga'a lands should be in a different riding than Prince Rupert, where thousands of Nisga'a live. For the sake of their representation, I hope this change is enacted by Elections BC.

    Second, to enlarge Stikine to contain more constituents, Burns Lake and Houston are relatively accessible via the Yellowhead Highway. Together, they would add just over 5,000 constituents to the riding. In fact, many residents of Burns Lake and Houston work to the West, in the Stikine riding. In fact, I am often working in what is presently the Stikine riding. I know of many other people from Burns Lake and Houston who also work in the present Stikine riding. I believe that this illustrates the connections that Burns Lake and Houston have with the Stikine.

    Finally, the riding of Nechako could then be extended eastwards to the south-east corner of Prince George, resulting in a more even population spread across northern electoral districts.

    Otherwise, all regional electoral boundaries have been well-considered. Drastic enlargements or amalgamation or districts risk losing the ability of our MLA to represent us. This would be a tragic and regrettable loss. Every person that I have talked to is afraid of this risk.

    In addition, looking forward, the proposed LNG terminals, pipelines, and port expansion at Prince Rupert are promising to create thousands of jobs with associated spillovers for the rest of the region. As a result, I expect that populations will rise in the Northwest. This expected population should make your decision easier.

    Thank you for taking the time to consider my opinions and suggestions.

    Sincerely,

    Marvin Strimbold



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