Jati Sidhu, the Liberal MP for Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon, would like his riding to be renamed Abbotsford—Mission—Fraser Canyon. (File photo)

Jati Sidhu, the Liberal MP for Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon, would like his riding to be renamed Abbotsford—Mission—Fraser Canyon. (File photo)

Keep Matsqui in the electoral district name

Private bill introduced by MP Jati Sidhu would see district renamed to include Abbotsford

Dear Editor;

When our electoral district was created, it was named Mission—Matsqui—Fraser Canyon to reflect the heritage, history and people of this riding.

By MP Jati Sidhu’s personal request, Private Member’s Bill C-402 would rename our electoral district to Abbotsford—Mission—Fraser Canyon. He did this without ever consulting us or making his desire to do so known.

Why is he ashamed to say he’s the MP for Mission—Matsqui—Fraser Canyon?

Our electoral district was created to reflect the heritage, history and people of this riding.

Mission, the population center, is listed first. Matsqui is listed second, both out of respect for our Matsqui First Nation brothers and sisters and to reflect our long history as a community wholly separate from Abbotsford. Fraser Canyon is listed third, giving voice to everyone in the upper reaches of our riding.

The District of Matsqui was founded in 1892. The Matsqui First Nation dates back centuries longer. This is the heritage and history MP Jati Sidhu seeks to toss in the garbage bin just so he can say he’s the MP for Abbotsford.

This is offensive.

C-402 has already passed the House of Commons and 2nd reading in the Senate. If it passes 3rd reading, Mr. Sidhu’s personal request will take place.

Contact Mr. Sidhu’s office immediately and politely demand he withdraw the name change for Mission—Matsqui—Fraser Canyon from Private Member’s Bill C-402.

Contact the Senators who represent British Columbia, Bev Brusson, Larry Campbell, Mobina Jaffer, Yonah Martin, Richard Neufeld and Yuen Pau Woo, and request they amend C-402 to remove the proposed name change for Mission—Matsqui—Fraser Canyon.

Christopher di Armani