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    Frank Bucholtz, Langley
    2015-04-14

    In my 35 years of work in local media, I have often dealt with electoral boundary changes, given that this area has grown a great deal.

    Langley was at one-time a single-member riding, running from eastern Surrey to western Matsqui (now Abbotsford). As population grew, it became a two-member riding, and then was spilt into two, within the two Langleys' municipal boundaries. That has been the case for more than 20 years now.

    Langley residents most definitely prefer that their ridings be as closely aligned to municipal boundaries as possible. There is no problem combining Langley City and a portion of Langley Township in one riding (as your report suggests), given the many overlaps, but adding Abbotsford to two different ridings is a significant issue. Abbotsford is not part of Metro Vancouver or TransLink - both of these bodies are important in provincial decision-making and are creatures of the province. Abbotsford and Langley have separate and quite different school boards. Abbotsford has its own police force, Langley is serviced by the RCMP.

    While there are definitely some connections between the two communities (Fraser Health, for example), they are not as significant.

    If there need to be adjustments made to account for population growth, I suggest taking an easterly portion of Langley out of the current Fort Langley-Aldergrove riding, and attaching it to one ( not two) Abbotsford ridings. Aldergrove does have more geographical connection to Abbotsford than the western portions of Langley do.

    Highway 1 is not an existing or logical boundary between different parts of Langley, and the more that Langley ridings can be confined within Langley municipal boundaries, the better.

    Thank you for your attention to this submission.
    Frank Bucholtz



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