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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    Ryan Campbell, Delta
    2014-11-15

    I have read online and heard some people suggesting that moving some of Surrey’s over populated ridings into either Delta or Langley. As a resident of Delta I hope you will not do this and that you will leave Delta South and Delta North the way they are. They perfectly reflect community interest. Not one poll, not one neighborhood needs to move.

    I understand that there is a need to address Surrey’s bulging ridings but it is in the best interest of the people of Surrey to get proper, fair and full representation in Victoria and merging Surrey into Delta, or Langley seems like the wrong solution. It would only be a Band-Aid solution that you would force the next commission to deal with even more drastically the next time. Please leave Delta alone and find a more fair fix for Surrey now.

    Each of the Delta ridings has its own unique set of issues which are not necessarily shared with neighbouring communities. The clearest example would be Burns Bog, whose preservation is a very high priority for most people in Delta, and much less so for people in Richmond and Surrey. Health and education are two other clear examples - Delta Hospital serves many Delta residents but few from Surrey. Delta also has its own school board, and the challenges that Delta's schools face are much different than Surrey's due to the lower population growth.

    I strongly urge you to keep the communities of common interest south of the Fraser as their own ridings. Delta does not have the same issues as Surrey, and neither Surrey nor Delta residents should have to share representation with one another.

    Thanks.



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