My name is John Henry. I am retired and have been living in Princeton for 35 years. I am writing to offer my support for the Commission’s preliminary report on boundary redistribution. I also wrote to the Commission during the fall last year.
At the time, I called for Hope and the Fraser Canyon to be brought back into Fraser-Nicola and you did that. I thank you for listening to people like me and others. Also, at that time I had asked that Princeton remain within the current Fraser-Nicola Electoral District, while others at the Penticton Hearing had wanted to add it to Boundary-Similkameen. Again, at the time I had disagreed with those folks. However, after reading your reasoning outlined in the preliminary report, I now understand why you are recommending that Princeton be removed.
I understand you do not have a mandate to fix Fraser-Nicola’s population deviation problem, but you do have the mandate to fix Boundary-Similkameen’s population problem. This only became possible when you took Hope area’s nearly 12,000 people out of Chilliwack-Hope and brought them into Fraser-Nicola, and this allowed you to move Princeton area’s approximately 5,000 residents into Boundary-Similkameen. I accept that as a Princeton resident because we will continue to have “effective representation” here.
Bringing Hope into Fraser-Nicola fixes other population growth pressures in the Fraser Valley as well. Since it has been stated quite eloquently by many presenters and submitters before me, I will not repeat or list all the supportive reasons why Hope will receive “more effective representation” in a re-united Yale-Lillooet electoral district. I agree with this move that allows you to re-align many boundaries in the southern part of the province.
Thank you for this opportunity.