I support the electoral boundary commission’s changes for Fraser-Nicola. I support those who want to see Hope and the Fraser Canyon taken out of Chilliwack and reunited with Fraser-Nicola. There is very little in common between Chilliwack and Hope. Chilliwack dominates Hope, Yale, and Boston Bar in every way. Hope will be a better fit in Fraser-Nicola like it was in Yale-Lillooet for decades.
Hope has always had more in common with communities like Merritt, Ashcroft, Logan Lake and Lillooet. They share the same geography, history, and economic and transportation links. In your report you state that Hope was moved into Fraser-Nicola because it will provide more effective representation for its residents. I agree with you. Some people in the Hope area are arguing that it would be too hard for them to travel to Merritt, which is only an hour away through the Coquihalla Highway. People in the Stikine country travel hundreds of miles to access their MLA. Some people also complain about the winter conditions. When I look at the rest of British Columbia, Fraser-Nicola has the best highways criss-crossing it to provide safe travels.
They forget that nowadays, most people get in touch with their MLAs and MPs via the world of the Internet and I-Phones. As a young person, I can assure you documents are so much easier to scan and send via the connectivity of airwaves, Wi-Fi, and fiber-optics from the comforts of your kitchen table. It would have been nice to still have Princeton within Fraser-Nicola to raise our population level, but you state in the Preliminary Report that it is not a part of your mandate. Within Boundary-Similkameen, Princeton has a lot in common with the other small communities located there. Thank you.
Suman Lali – Merritt, BC