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Public Feedback – Langley Advance Times

Speakers told the Federal Election Boundaries Commission that the proposed horseback ride from Pitt Meadows to Fort Langley would be too much for one legislator to handle.

Suggested rides include North Langley, parts of Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, Surrey and more. None of the public feedback on the repainting of Riding at the Langley Conference was positive.

The federal commission to redraw electoral candidacy based on trying to achieve population parity is holding hearings in the state on proposed candidacy. The Commission he met at Langley on Thursday 22nd September.

“Langley riding has grown a lot,” said judge Mary Saunders, who chairs the committee.

Horse riding has been redrawn based on the latest 2021 Census. As the BC population grew, the state added one more equestrian, which went inland. The goal is to have around 116,000 residents for most of the rides, but fewer for some remote his rides.

Rider boundaries in the Lower Mainland have been adjusted based on the significant increase in population. Pitt Meadows-Langley’s riding was one of the biggest changes and the commission chose to straddle the Fraser River.

“We were pondering at the bridge where there would be community building,” Sanders explained. “We’re learning things.”

The speakers generally agreed that the Fraser River makes a more sensible boundary than the Trans-Canada Highway.

Cory Redekop, CEO of the Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce, conducted an experiment. He tried to drive the suggested ride the afternoon before the meeting, but found it too big to run out of time.

“It makes a lot more sense to cascade east and west[rather than north and south],” he commented.

Redekop said with the proposed riding, the Chamber of Commerce has member businesses in Surrey Riding, Cloverdale-Langley City and Langley Township Riding, among others. A small parcel between 4th Avenue divides the two riding fields of Surrey. It is cumbersome and will only become more so.

“Along 200th Street, we have a lot of growth planned,” he added.

Langley resident Brad Richert said he lives in every community south of the Fraser River and rarely crosses the Golden Years Bridge to do business. He and others said there was no relationship between North and South.

“Bridges don’t connect communities,” Sanders admitted.

Transit, business, and personal interactions are in the East/West direction. Township Mayor Jack Froth said the Pittmeadows-Fort Langley MP will have to work with five city councils, multiple chambers of commerce, multiple of her MLAs and other government representatives.

Some agree that even the basics of attending community events means voters do not have valid federal representation.

“Remembrance Day – How many places can MPs be?” said Sean Mark Gillespie, who works under MP Mark Dalton.

Froese suggested reverting the 196 to 200 streets section back to Langley riding and riding Aldergrove into Abbotsford so the riding would stay south of Fraser.

The biggest change proposed was to carve out North Langley and include it in the communities north of the river, but changes were also proposed for horse riding in Cloverdale-Langley City.

Scott Thompson said that Sullivan’s small lot at the western end of the equestrian had little in common with Cloverdale, and that the equestrian should be drawn on the basis of the land’s topography. , forming green spaces around the western side of Cloverdale.

He also said that Cloverdale/Clayton has a more natural relationship with the western part of the city of Langley and township than with the rest of Surrey, and that Clayton should be part of Cloverdale’s riding.

The commission will conclude statewide hearings in late September and deliver riding proposals to Ottawa, which it hopes to do by the end of 2022.



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Judge Mary Saunders serves as chair of BC’s Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission. Ken Carty is also a member of his three-man committee. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance Times)

Cloverdale resident Leon Hawkins shared his views on proposed federal riding changes at the Langley public meeting on Thursday, September 22, 2022. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance Times)

Cloverdale resident Leon Hawkins shared his views on proposed federal riding changes at the Langley public meeting on Thursday, September 22, 2022. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance Times)