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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    Jack Froese, Township of Langle

    Justice Tom Melnick, Chair
    BC Electoral Boundaries Commission
    PO BOX 9275 Stn Prov Gov’t
    Victoria BC, V8W 9J6

    Dear Commission,

    Looking at the populations of BC and the Lower Mainland, it is clear to me that the Electoral Boundaries Commission should increase the BC Legislature to 87 seats. There is clearly strong growth in the Lower Mainland but reducing seats in other regions like in the north or in greater Victoria would not be fair. Adding two seats to the Lower Mainland now is the right move.

    In terms of the Lower Mainland, it is clear that Richmond, Surrey, and Langley have the most immediate population pressures. Adding one seat to Surrey is needed and would bring it in line with the average population of seats in the City of Vancouver. Like Vancouver, Surrey’s seats should be within its boundaries and not compromised by crossing into Delta, Langley or the Township of Langley. Ideally, I would prefer the two Langley municipalities would share a new seat but the population does not quite warrant three ridings at this time.

    I would not be overly supportive of creating a new Surrey/Langley riding. These two communities are to divergent and would not truly provide a long-term solution to Surrey’s projected growth. As a stop gap until the next Boundary Commission in eight years, I would suggest the eastern portion of the Township of Langley could be joined with Abbotsford until such a time that Langley can support three seats. Abbotsford does not have the population pressures of Surrey and is a natural area to combine with Langley. Richmond clearly needs a new seat and should have its needs addressed.

    Yours truly,

    Jack Froese, Mayor
    Township of Langley

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