Commissioner adamant no possibility of changes to proposed Burnaby Northâ€“Seymour riding
BURNABY, BC â€“ Local Members of Parliament Kennedy Stewart (Burnabyâ€“Douglas), Peter Julian (Burnabyâ€“New Westminster) and Fin Donnelly (New Westminsterâ€“Coquitlam) are expressing concern that recent comments by Stewart Ladyman, one of three commissioners comprising the Electoral Boundaries Commission of BC, are cutting residents out of the public consultation process.
â€œBefore the consultation process even begins, Commissioner Ladyman has declared that he and the commission are not interested in the concerns of our communities,â€� said Stewart. â€œThe Boundary Commission must clarify these comments immediately and restore faith in this process.â€�
In a Huffington Post article released on August 16th, Commissioner Ladyman adamantly stated that there will be no changes to the proposed riding of Burnaby Northâ€“Seymour, even before the public has had an opportunity to express their views.
â€œI think it would be appropriate for Ladyman to retract his comment and apologise,â€� said Julian. â€œSurely the other Commissioners understand how unacceptable these remarks are. Having seen the redistribution process up close before, I know that the value of community feedback is vitally important. The Boundary Commissionâ€™s recommendations must reflect the public interest.â€�
â€œLadymanâ€™s comments emphasize how important it is that concerned residents take part in the public hearings,â€� said Donnelly. â€œRather than disregard the consultation process we must respect it, and ensure that legitimate concerns are listened to and taken into account in any further decisions.â€�
The Public Hearing in Burnaby takes places on October 18th at 7pm at the Holiday Inn Express Metrotown. Those looking to participate must inform the Boundary Commission by August 30th.
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In June, the Electoral Boundary Commission of BC, charged with redrawing federal ridings, released a proposed map of new ridings, which included the new riding of Burnabyâ€“North Seymour. This new riding would replace the existing riding of Burnabyâ€“Douglas and combine North Burnaby with the District of North Vancouver. Part of the redrawing process includes a public consultation to listen to concerns from the community and make changes based on these concerns. Consultations are slated to begin in September.
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