I'm responding to your request for public input to the Preliminary Report after reading a newspaper story or ad some time ago. I notice from my notes that the deadline for input is fast approaching.
I'm concerned specifically with your efforts to deal with the rapid population growth where I reside in the city of Surrey. It makes sense to add an Electoral District in Surrey so that citizens here can return to "relative parity of voter power" as described on pages 20 and 21 of your report. It's important to us in Surrey that our vote has a similar weight as those in other densely populated regions in the province.
I also applaud your efforts to approach voter parity between electoral districts within Surrey without violating " communities of interest". At the same time you've been able to respect the association with the traditional designated town centres of Surrey at Cloverdale, Fleetwood, Guildford, Whalley, Newton and White Rock. Most voters will recognize and feel comfortable with the traditional electoral district names you have retained. The new added electoral district in south Surrey will seem natural and appropriately named by most residents.
Change can be difficult. Faced with the imperative of reacting to a significant population increase and moving within the constraints of the "Electoral Boundaries Commission Act", drawing new boundaries must be a challenge. The new map of Surrey shown on page 3 of the Preliminary Report meets this challenge while respecting historical communities and traditional electoral districts without inflicting disruptive change.