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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    David Huntley, Burnaby/New Westminster Citizens for Voting Equality, Burnaby

    The bill passed by the legislature requires this new Boundaries Commission to set boundaries that are unconstitutional and undemocratic. The Commissioners should decline to participate.

    The 2008 report of the previous Boundaries Commission recommended a set of boundaries which the government did not accept. Instead the government chose a set of boundaries that the Commission clearly labeled “not proposed” because 10 of these 85 not-proposed electoral districts had populations much smaller than the average, 28 % to 57 % smaller. The result is that the voters in those electoral districts have significantly more legislative power than the rest of the voters.

    Recent legislation entrenches this disparity. Bill 2-2014, the “Electoral Boundaries Commission Amendment Act, 2014", states that the North, Cariboo-Thompson and Kootenay-Columbia regions "must not have their number of electoral districts reduced" even though these regions form a decreasing portion of the population of the Province. It will give voters in these regions much more voter power than voters elsewhere in the Province.

    This is a violation of Section 15 of the Constitution which states that “ Every individual is equal before and under the law ...”. We consider the Electoral Boundaries Commission Amendment Act to be unconstitutional.

    What we hope for is that the Commissioners consider this and, if they agree,
    (a) ask that they reconsider their positions as Commissioners, or
    (b) refer the matter to the courts.

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