I was born in Burnaby and resided in Burnaby for the majority of my life in what is now the Burnaby Lougheed electoral boundary. I am supportive of the change to the Burnaby electoral boundaries as proposed in the report.
Firstly I want to say that I like how the electoral boundaries for Burnaby residents have evolved over the years. It is excellent that Burnaby now has 4 distinct "Burnaby-only" ridings surrounding its town centres. At one time my Burnaby electoral boundary was 'Port Moody Burnaby Mountain' and then later it was 'Burquitlam', and I felt that these electoral boundaries did not adequately reflect where I lived and the issues important to me. There are priorities that specifically reflect being a resident of Burnaby such as Burnaby Hospital, Kinder Morgan Transmountain pipeline, transportation and Sky Train matters, etc. and therefore Burnaby residents should have a Burnaby-only electoral boundary to ensure that their voices are adequately heard. The current and proposed electoral boundaries are excellent in that regard. Also, the elected officials of Burnaby-only electoral boundaries now no longer have to divide their time and expenses among the municipal elected officials, community associations, business groups and civic-related events of two cities, which is surely an significant gain to the voices of the residents of the Burnaby-only electoral boundaries and the effectiveness of its elected officials.
Secondly, I agree that the proposed relocation of the Sperling to Kensington boundary for Burnaby Lougheed has merit. I grew up in the Montecito neighbourhood and consider the Kensington area to be an extension of that same neighbourhood. Based on my experience I can say that residents of the Kensington and Montecito areas generally go to school, use services, do their shopping and spend their local leisure time at the same places and therefore the electoral boundary at Kensington is sensible. In my view the proposed boundary change reflects that the residents of the Montecito, Sperling, Kensignton and Westridge neighbourhoods share more similarities with each other than they do with the residents of the Heights and Brentwood neighbourhoods of the Burnaby North electoral boundary. Accordingly, this boundary change continues the positive evolvement of the the electoral boundaries for Burnaby residents.
Lastly, the Brentwood area of North Burnaby is experiencing significant development and therefore the population has and will continue to densify in that area, making a smaller electoral boundary area a reasonable and appropriate change.
Thank you for the opportunity to comment.