These changes will 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.
The city of Abbotsford should not be split into 5 ridings. The needs of my community and my family will suffer if our MLA must also represents citizens of Langley.
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. Our University of the Fraser Valley would also be disadvantaged by being included in the Langley riding, while Trinity Western University would be split under the proposed changes. The new boundaries proposed in the report will not serve us well and, in our opinion, will significantly reduce that effectiveness.
Please do not proceed with the proposed riding split.