I strongly disagree with the proposal to split the Comox Valley riding and move the areas south and west of Courtenay into the Mid Island-Pacific Rim riding. The region of the Comox Valley (the areas covered by the Comox Valley Regional District) work closely together on regional interests. This includes issues such as economic development, tourism, infrastructure, health care, and education. It seems illogical to split a region so closely aligned in all other aspects simply to balance the population numbers. I urge the BC Electoral Boundaries Commission to reconsider this proposed split, and also to reconsider the factors taken into account when creating electoral boundaries. While it is important to have equal representation for the population, other factors, such as geography and practical application of provincial representation and services should be taken into account.
I second this notion that splitting the Comox Valley riding strictly due to population numbers does not take into account the intricate intertwining factors that are functioning collectively at present.