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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    Janet Whiteman, Oliver

    Dear Commissioners,
    Thank you for allowing the public to take part in the BC Boundary Commissions review.
    After hearing what could potentially happen to the Boundary-Similkameen, I had to add my comments. Some people have said that our riding could be broken up and swallowed into other ridings. I strongly oppose that. We are comprised of several small, rural communities. If we get lumped into other ridings with urban demographics, we will lose our “rural voice”.
    The geographical area of our riding is significant- to add to it doesn’t make any sense. Where populations are higher, some MLA’s have no trouble covering their ridings in less than one day. A single MLA in the Boundary-Similkameen doesn’t need more ground to cover. Also, please consider that population growth in our area will happen as the Okanagan Correctional Centre is built. More jobs will be created as time goes on and many of those jobs will bring new residents to Oliver and surrounding towns.
    The agricultural landscape of our area, comprised of farms, orchards and vineyards is unique. Please don’t fix what isn’t broken and allow us to retain what we have.


    Janet Whiteman

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