Cumberland is part of the Comox Valley and the issues we face are part of the Comox Valley. There will be financial costs to splitting the valley into two ridings. The split will also damage our representation at the federal level because all dealings with the federal government on a valley wide level will have to be duplicated. It will also hinder and hamper any economic development for Cumberland, Union Bay, Royston because they are smaller communities without the resources of Courtenay and Comox but they will no longer have access to those communities when applying for federal grants etc.
We are one community on a valley wide level and we should not be split.