While I realize that the commission has an almost impossible task in balancing voter equality and parity, I agree with many of the comments in the submission from November 16 of Antony Hodgons of Fair Voting BC. What we need, more than any redistribution of seats, is a more representative voting system. I urge the commission to comment or recommend on this in your final report.
I also agree with several other submissions which call for no increase in number of MLAs. Canada already has the highest number of elected officials per citizen of any country in the world. Again, we do not need more MLAs, we need a better voting system.
In this day of online access, digital devices, and teleconferencing there is no need to try and restrict the size of an electoral district to aid the access of people to their MLA. Perhaps it is time for the legislature to review the deviation allowances. What is wrong with having some districts with more voters than other districts. Again, a proportional voting system can speak to this more than more MLAs and rejigged boundaries.
I am particularly concerned about putting Cumberland, Hornby Island, Denman Island and Royston into a new riding on the west coast. Our communities on the east side of the island have little community connection with those on the west.