I’m generally opposed to the creation of new electoral districts as we seem to already have enough politicians on the public payroll. I think rebalancing populations across the province would have been a better way to address underrepresentation in the growing areas of the Lower Mainland. However, I understand that you were given a mandate that put several overrepresented/underpopulated regions essentially off limits, and in this context I can support your proposal to add two new districts in the Lower Mainland and, of particular interest to me, in Surrey.
My wife and I are first time homeowners in the Grandview Heights neighbourhood of South Surrey. We’re expecting our first child later this year and intend to raise our family here. I support your proposal to create a new provincial electoral district centred on South Surrey. This area has always been in the ‘backyard’ of some other district centred on White Rock, Cloverdale or Panorama. This made sense at the time, as there weren’t enough people here to justify a stand-alone district. Times have changed, and I’m pleased you’ve recognized that the people of South Surrey deserve to be represented in Victoria by an MLA we can call our own.I grew up in Langley not too far from the Surrey border so I’m also familiar with the eastern parts of the city. My first reaction to your Surrey South map was that the finger jutting up north of 56 Avenue into Clayton was odd, and that those folks should be part of the Cloverdale district. Then I read your explanation. With Cloverdale’s population being too big for one district, it makes sense to include Clayton with South Surrey—just as we’ve been included in Cloverdale in the past.
Thanks for your consideration.