My name is Jawand Samra.
I want to thank the Commission for this opportunity to present my ideas on electoral boundaries. I have lived in Merritt since 1969. I have worked for Tolko Industries for over 25 years. I am retired and enjoy the strong community sense here in Merritt.
Moving Hope into Fraser-Nicola has allowed you to move Princeton into Boundary-Similkameen in order fix the population deviation problem in my electoral district. Princeton’s will continue to share commonalities or “community interests with the other small, rural communities in Boundary-Similkameen as it did in Fraser-Nicola. No community is large enough to dominate the others.
Boundary-Similkameen was over the 25% deviation from the average population for provincial constituencies. That was solved by the changes made to Fraser-Nicola’s boundaries, specifically to Hope and Princeton. Boundary-Similkameen’s communities, like Princeton, depend upon resources derived from the land base and from the fruits of the tourism industry. I believe it makes sense to group Princeton with other communities with similar economic drivers.