Proposed electoral boundary changes raise concerns all over Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon: MP

MP Mark Strahl said he's heard from constitutents all over the Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon riding concerned with the proposed boundary changes.

Keeping communities of interest together should be the focus of changing Canada’s federal electoral boundaries, rather than simply meeting population criteria, says Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon MP Mark Strahl.

“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,” Strahl said in a news release Monday.

Under the proposed changes, Garrison Crossing would be hived from the current Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon riding and added to the Abbotsford-Sumas Riding.

100-Mile House in northern B.C. would be added to the Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon riding, along with neighbouring Pemberton.

Strahl said he’s heard from “constituents all over the riding” who are “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 share many of their concerns and I hope the commission will give them all careful consideration,” he said in the news release.

Strahl said the federal electoral boundaries commission “seems to have forgotten” the concept of “grouping communities of interest or identity to achieve the goal of effective representation in Parliament.”

Strahl was not immediately available for further comment.

No public hearing on the proposed change is scheduled for Chilliwack, but an Abbotsford hearing is scheduled for Sept. 19 at the Ramada Plaza & Conference Centre starting at 7 p.m.

After the hearings, the proposed boundary changes go back to the commission and to federal politicians for comment before a final report is made in the spring of 2013.

Every 10 years the federal electoral boundaries map is redrawn based on a formula that divides a province’s population by an “electoral quotient” to determine the number of seats it gets in the House of Commons.

B.C. would get an additional six seats as a result of the redistribution. The average riding population would be 104,763. Chilliwack, Abbotsford, Vancouver and Kelowna are the fastest-growing regions in B.C.

Just Posted

Mayoral results from across B.C.

Voters in 162 municipalities in B.C. set to elect mayor, council, school board and more

Who won and who didn’t in the Lower Mainland votes

A look at the region’s mayoral races, starting with Doug McCallum coming back to win in Surrey

Every vote counts: 10 tightest races in B.C.’s municipal elections

Peachland saw their election decided by just one vote

Highway 3 vehicle crash cleared

Drive BC reporting the incident happened 20 kilometres west of Manning Park

Majority of residents who responded to survey support marijuana sales in Hope

647 responded to a District of Hope survey on the sale and use of recreational pot

Tommy Chong says cannabis legalization makes him proud to be a Canadian

Legendary marijuana advocate and comedian celebrates cultural milestone at Kelowna event

Fraser Valley man dead after head on crash in Okanagan

Accident occurred at about 7:35 a.m.

Newly-elected Lower Mainland mayor won’t drink his city’s tap water

White Rock’s Darryl Walker is concerned about its quality

Kennedy Stewart challenged with building bridges as mayor of Vancouver: expert

The former NDP MP, who ran as an Independent, will lead 10 councillors divided across four parties

B.C. Youtuber to seal himself ‘in a jar’ to demonstrate impacts of climate change

Kurtis Baute wants to see how long he can last in a 1,000 cubic foot, air-tight greenhouse

One of Taiwan’s fastest trains derails, killing at least 18

The train was carrying more than 360 people

Scheer marks one-year countdown to federal election with campaign-style speech

Conservative Leader insists that it will be Justin Trudeau who ‘makes it personal’

Canada Post union announces rotating strikes in four Canadian cities

Mail will still be delivered but it will be delayed

Vancouver drag queens receive royal treatment during Kootenay Pride

Vancouver drag queens discuss the importance of Pride and growing acceptance of LGBTQ community

Most Read