I have heard compelling information supporting both sides of this topic, but I feel very strongly it is in our best interest to remain in the current riding with Chilliwack and the other Fraser Valley communities. As a resident of Hope, most of our services come from Chilliwack and beyond, such as health care, financial services, recreation, and many more.
Also, the development pressure, while small at the moment, is encroaching from the Chilliwack and Abbotsford area. Hope has many residents that live in Hope due to affordable new housing, but work in adjacent Fraser Valley communities. This presents a very compelling argument that Hope should be included in the higher level planning processes along with Fraser Valley communities, not Merritt and Canyon.