I am writing to express my opposition to the proposed electoral boundary change which will remove the Village of Cumberland, Royston, Denman Island and Hornby Island from the Comox Valley riding and move them into the Port Alberni riding.
I have lived in Cumberland since 2004. The Comox Valley has always been regarded as a community comprised of three municipalities (Comox, Courtenay and Cumberland) and the Comox Valley Regional District. Courtenay is regarded as the “urban” centre of the Valley. Residents of all these communities use the facilities in Courtenay for social, cultural and recreational opportunities; our taxes help to support these facilities that we use.
My children attend school in Courtenay and our family enjoys the culture of the Comox Valley. I wish to continue to support and be a part of the Comox Valley Regional District both financially and politically.
There have, at various times, been several civic groups who have proposed amalgamation of these communities, although there has as yet been no referendum to gauge public support for this proposition. Should Cumberland and the other communities included in your proposed restructuring of the electoral boundaries be removed from the Comox Valley, it would significantly affect the functioning of the remaining communities, to their detriment and ours.
Port Alberni is geographically, socially and economically removed from the Comox Valley. We, in Cumberland share watersheds, wildlife corridors, roads, waste disposal facilities, tourism, and economic values (among others) with Courtenay and Comox.
I urge you to reconsider this proposal; it will have a significant impact on the democratic process and on the delicate relationship between the communities in the Comox Valley.
Erin Brown Cumberland, B.C.