These changes would significantly fracture the representation of the communities of Langley, Abbotsford and Chilliwack to the detriment of its citizens and of its elected representatives. The effectiveness of our elected representatives is greatly enhanced by their knowledge of and presence in our community.
In addition, Langley is part of the Metro Vancouver Regional District, while Abbotsford and Chilliwack are part of the Fraser Valley Regional District. The Abbotsford International Airport is a major Abbotsford economic asset which would be located in a proposed riding which has the major population base and significant influence located in another municipality. And our University of the Fraser Valley would also be disadvantaged by being included in the Langley riding,