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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    Piara Samra, Merritt

    I, Mr. Piara Samra, want to thank you for this opportunity to give my ideas. I have lived in Merritt since 1969. I take a keen interest in politics. I was elected one term as Councillor for the City of Merritt.

    I believe it is a good idea to make some changes in the southwest part of Fraser-Nicola. The areas around Hope, Yale, Boston Bar and North Bend that were previously removed from Yale-Lillooet really should be put back into Fraser-Nicola. That is a good proposal, as we have so much in common with those areas. There was no one dominant community in Yale-Lillooet during that time and no community felt that they were being left behind by the MLA of the day. Almost all parts of the constituency are accessible within one hour of driving from Merritt, the geographic centre of the riding. The only exception is Lillooet, which is a two-hour drive.

    While others have talked about geographic, historic and economic similarities between the communities in Fraser-Nicola and the old Yale-Lillooet, I want to talk about the very important link that our youth provide through school and sports. I am a teacher, and as teachers we always try to line up activities with schools from communities similar in size as our own, and not from larger communities.

    Merritt’s community sports competitions and school-related activities for youths and students are mostly with youths and students in the other small communities in our region, such as Princeton, Logan Lake, Ashcroft-Cache Creek, Lytton, Lillooet and Hope. Strong bonds of friendship and friendly competitions are often formed by youths and students, as well as their teachers and parents, as they routinely meet up during these mutual activities.

    It is rare that we would hold mutual activities with schools from Kamloops, Kelowna, Penticton or Chilliwack, as our students and youth often feel intimidated by them. I can understand why the residents of Hope would feel intimidated by the power and influence of Chilliwack in that constituency

    Hope and the Fraser Canyon would be an excellent fit with Fraser-Nicola again.

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