Taking Hope out of the Chilliwack region and putting it with Merritt makes no sense. Our health care region, school district, policing, Park, Forestry and Highways regional boundaries, and economic interests are all tied to the Fraser Valley. This is shortsighted and not at all well thought out. Our politicians (especially Provincial politicians) need to work with the land managers, agency representatives and Provincial Ministries for their area. This will be extremely complicated and unwieldly if we are combined with Merritt as the regional boundaries won't line up at all for any of these agencies. Economically our interests are more aligned with the Fraser Valley as well. The fact is that many Hope residents work and shop and see doctors and dentists in the Fraser Valley. Likewise, there is development pressure on Hope as population spreads outward from Vancouver. We need to have a say in that regional development pressure.