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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    Bruce Endicott, BC Liberal Peace River South Riding Association, Dawson Creek BC

    Welcome to the beautiful Peace Country! There’s nothing else like it in BC. The Peace Country is home to some of the best agriculture land in the province as well as on the tip of an economic boom and because of this our population is expected to rapidly grow in the coming years.
    I understand that the commission is tasked with balancing the populations within each riding, but I implore you to take into consideration the geography, and the projected economic and population growth when considering redistribution in the peace region.
    Merging the two Peace ridings would be especially bad – many parts of the region are already inaccessible to the main towns for most of the year. Winters are nasty, and we don’t exactly have those nice and wide divided highways. And even assuming good weather and clear roads, the drive from Fort Nelson to Dawson Creek in a joint riding would take 5 and a half hours – longer than it takes to cross most European countries! It’s just absurd to ask an MLA to represent such a large area.
    The Peace region is also relatively self-contained – the nearest (if you can call it near) other city is Mackenzie, which is dangerous to access through the Pine Pass in winter from Peace Country, and whose residents anyway use Prince George for commerce.
    Thank you
    Bruce Endicott

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