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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    Kim Sidhu, Merritt

    I would like to express my opinions on the electoral boundaries. I have lived in Merritt for 8 years. I realize you have a tough job ahead of you. I hope my suggestions will help.

    In the south of the province where the population is growing rapidly it is logical t add up to two more constituencies as per your mandate. Surrey is growing very fast and that is where they ought to be added.

    We have a different problem in my neck of the woods in the Cariboo-Thompson Region where communities are losing residents to the bigger centres where all the jobs are – people go where their jobs go. The two Cariboo ridings and Fraser-Nicola don’t have enough people compared to the average constituency in BC. I believe one area where population could be added to Fraser-Nicola is in the southwest near Hope and the small communities along the Fraser River to the north of Hope.

    These communities are similar to the communities in Fraser-Nicola. They have a lot in common, as they are all small towns that depend on their jobs in the local resource industries like forestry, mining, ranching and transportation. As you are aware, they were all part of the same constituency. If you do this, it would allow you to take the areas north of Cache Creek (maybe even Cache Creek) and add them to the Cariboo South constituency to increase that riding’s low population figures. These communities border Cariboo South and would fit in nicely.

    I hope this helps.

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