As inhabitant of Sumas Prairie, our family is opposed to be bound to Chilliwack as proposed by you. The District of Sumas was amalgamated with Abbotsford in 1972 and has strong ties with Abbotsford in many aspects including community ties, much less than with Chilliwack. A huge influence is Sumas Prairie as a land reclamation, controlled by Barrowtown Pump station. The Abbotsford farming community, Upper Mountain lands, Sumas river, cost and benefits are very much tied together. It was controlled many years by (formerly) the Abbotsford Dyking and Drainage Committee, and has a lot of know-how, not available in Chilliwack.