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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    Sheila Asdal, Hope
    2014-11-16

    Online Submission to BC Electoral Boundaries Commission

    I have lived in the Hope area for 24 years, and in the Boston Bar area for 13 years previous to that. I wish to contribute to the on-going debate on boundaries re-distribution.

    I believe that communities that share the same issues, the same geography and history, the same economic and social values, and are adjacent to each other should be joined under the same constituency. I believe a clear case could be made that Hope, Sunshine Valley, Boston Bar and Spuzzum, along with their neighbouring First Nations Bands should be joined back in with Fraser-Nicola.

    After all, numerous provincial boundaries commissions over a 40-year period shared the same wisdom when Yale-Lillooet electoral district was created in 1966. I believe this Commission would agree that the decision to separate Hope and the Fraser Canyon from Yale-Lillooet in 2008 has not worked out very well for us here locally. The communities mentioned above do not share the same issues, geography, history, economy, culture and values that the much larger Chilliwack possesses. For instance:

    • Chilliwack is urban, while Hope and the Canyon are rural;
    • Chilliwack is a medium-sized city, while Hope and the Canyon have small towns and villages;
    • Chilliwack’s economy is primarily agriculture and construction, Hope and area are into resource extraction;
    • The Hope area is being systematically robbed of its public services, while the same services are being consolidated into Chilliwack; A case in point was the shutting down of our courthouse, which was running at full capacity. These jobs were cut or moved to Chilliwack where the courthouse was already over burdened.
    • Hope area’s population is declining, while Chilliwack grows in leaps and bounds; tying Hope to this high growth area cannot help us survive.
    • The list of differences keeps going on and on.

    I believe it is logical to add Hope and its surrounding area back into a re-instated Yale-Lillooet electoral district where this very list of differences actually becomes a list of similarities with Merritt, Princeton, Lytton, Lillooet, Logan Lake and other Fraser-Nicola communities.

    Thank you for this opportunity to voice my concerns.

    Sincerely,
    Sheila Asdal



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