Tuesday, August 21, 2012

 

Federal Gov't News

A Chilliwack Divided

Proposed electoral boundaries raising concern

Released by Robert Pearsall, PA to MP Mark Strahl/Voice file photo

 

proposal by the 2012 Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for British Columbia, which would, among other things, see the City of Chilliwack divided into separate ridings is raising local concerns, says Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon MP, Mark Strahl.

 

"I've heard from constituents all over the riding concerned with the changes being proposed, from those who don't want to see Chilliwack divided, to Pemberton residents wishing to join their neighbours in Whistler. I've also heard concerns about the addition to the riding of the community of 100 Mile House, some 350 kilometers north of Chilliwack. I share many of their concerns and I hope the Commission will give them all careful consideration," said Strahl.

At ten year intervals, based on the latest census population, federal electoral districts are redrawn to ensure that each riding has approximately the same population. Under a proposal by the Federal Boundaries Commission, areas of Chilliwack south of Highway 1 and west of Vedder Road would be added to the riding of Abbotsford-Sumas.

As well as looking at population numbers, the Commission should focus on grouping communities of interest or identity to achieve the goal of effective representation in Parliament, something Strahl says the Commission seems to have forgotten in Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon.

"Certainly an argument could be made that the neighbourhood of Promontory has more in common with the neighbourhood of Garrison Crossing than it does with 100 Mile House," said Strahl.

Strahl is encouraging anyone concerned with the proposed boundaries to inform the Commission of their concerns by mail or email. Individuals can also make a presentation at a public hearing on Wednesday, September 19 at 7:00 pm in Abbotsford at the Ramada Plaza & Conference Centre at - 36035 North Parallel Road - but they must inform the Commission by August 30 of their intentions to appear.

Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for British Columbia
1095 West Pender Street, Suite 301
Vancouver BC V6E 2M6

Phone: 1-855-747-7236
Fax: 1-855-747-7237
TTY: 1-800-361-8935
Email here.
 

 

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