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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    Sam Sekhon, Merritt
    2014-11-16

    I am an employee at a copper mine in the Fraser Nicola region. I was born and raised in Merritt. I couldn’t help but notice a bunch of submissions made during the week commencing November 2nd by supporters and well-known Liberal members of MLA Jackie Tegart’s constituency association from Merritt. They offer no solutions to Fraser-Nicola’s massive deviation from the Electoral Quotient (E.Q.) of -42.65%, except to offer a scripted message, “Don’t add Hope to Fraser-Nicola.”

     

    The fact of the matter is Fraser-Nicola would never have ended up with such a huge population deviation if Hope and its neighbouring communities had not been removed from Yale-Lillooet in 2008 due to Mr. Campbell’s interference in the work of the Cohen Commission. Specifically, Polls 1 – 24 of the current Chilliwack-Hope were removed from Yale-Lillooet and added to Chilliwack. Adding Hope to Chilliwack reminded me of the infamous “Gracie’s Finger” controversy of the 1980s. Electoral boundary commissions are independent and ought to be left alone to exercise their independence and their own judgement without interference from anyone, including government.

     

    Since Fraser-Nicola is well below the average population per provincial constituency it is only logical to put back what should never have been taken out in the first place. I recommend that Hope and the Fraser Canyon communities be added back to Fraser-Nicola. All the common interests or community links between Hope and the other communities of Fraser-Nicola, like geography, history, culture and the economy, have been well-established over the last century and a half, especially over the last 50 years.

     

    Thank you for your time.

     

    Sam Sekhon

    Merritt, BC



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