My name is Saug Sekhon. First of all, I would like to thank the Commission for allowing me once again the opportunity to express my opinion on the Preliminary Report. I had submitted an online submission in November during the initial round of submissions. I lived in Merritt for 47 years and still own several properties there. I am very pleased with the Preliminary Report of 2015.
I am glad to look at the map in the Preliminary Report, which now shows Hope and the Fraser Canyon communities re-united with Fraser-Nicola to achieve more effective representation. The Electoral Boundaries Commission should have never split up the communities of Hope, Yale, Spuzzam and Boston Bar from the Cariboo –Thompson Region. The community of Hope is rural, whereas, Chilliwack is urban. Chilliwack’s construction is increasing due to its rising population, while Hope and the Canyon’s population is dropping. It would make sense to have the smaller communities united into one constituency, so it would be easier for their issues to be heard when going up against the Provincial Government.
Although I would rather see Princeton stay in Fraser-Nicola, I do, however, understand your rationale to increase the population base for Boundary-Similkameen. Princeton will still achieve effective representation in Boundary-Similkameen because it is also rural in nature. You mention that in your report. When it comes to common interests, I believe it would be more beneficial for Princeton to be joined with Boundary Similkameen, as they share common “community interests”.
Once again I am satisfied with the job you have done with the Preliminary Report.