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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    Martin Eady, New Westminster
    2014-11-16

    While my preference is to keep all of the New Westminster riding together, we must recognize the democratic reality that the population of the riding now exceeds the permitted maximum level. This means the boundary must be adjusted if you are to maintain the integrity of the election process. In my view, the most reasonable way to divide the New Westminster riding is at the Fraser River: the majority of the city on the north shore of the Fraser River, and Queensborough on the south shore.

    When deciding to divide the City to reduce the population of the provincial riding to a reasonable level, this geographic boundary is the logical choice. As the commenter Kamachi Shigeaki notes, there are strong links between East Richmond and Queensborough. Dividing the city any other way (say, such as removing the Royal Columbian Hospital area of Sapperton) would be opposed as arbitrary and confusing to city residents, as we have seen many times over with countless federal maps.

    Finally, if Queensborough were part of a new riding of East Richmond-Queensborough, QBoro’s representation in Victoria would be more significant than it is today, since today it is a relatively small part of a much overpopulated provincial riding. It would also mean that two MLAs in Victoria would have an interest in New Westminster issues, which I think is a good thing.



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