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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    Cameron Rittinger, Ashcroft

    November 16

    To: BC Boundary Commission

    I am presently the President of the Gold Trail Teachers Association and have lived in Ashcroft for over 26 years. I would like to add my comments to the BC electoral boundaries redistribution process that is currently under way.

    According to the Elections BC website, the three western constituencies of the Cariboo-Thompson Region are all well below the provincial Electoral Quotient: Fraser-Nicola is 42.65% below, Cariboo-Chilcotin is 45.25% below and Cariboo North is 38.76% below. Although the three constituencies are protected, the Commission does have the option to change the boundaries of the regions.

    As I understand it, it was been suggested in both the Kamloops and Abbotsford hearings in October that Hope and the Fraser Canyon communities should be added back to Fraser-Nicola as they were prior to 2009. Also, I believe in Kamloops it was suggested that Savona could also be added into Fraser-Nicola. The addition of these two areas to Fraser-Nicola would give the Commission the needed flexibility to take some of the north-eastern communities out of Fraser-Nicola and add them to the Cariboo-Chilcotin constituency. This is a compelling argument.

    I believe the three municipalities of Ashcroft, Cache Creek and Clinton, plus 70 Mile House, could be removed from Fraser-Nicola and joined with Cariboo-Chilcotin. In reality, these communities are a part of the Cariboo Plateau and have at least as much in common with 100 Mile House and Williams Lake than they do with Merritt, Logan Lake and Princeton. This would keep the integrity of the three ridings intact, while solving some of the population insufficiencies.

    I hope that you will give positive consideration to my proposal.

    Thank you for your efforts and time.

    Cameron Rittinger


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