Provincial electoral boundaries public hearing in Surrey

SURREY — The B.C. Electoral Boundaries Commission is in Surrey today (Thursday, Oct. 23) to gather input on the area, boundaries and names of provincial electoral districts to be used for the next two provincial general elections.

Public hearings will be held at Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel at 9 a.m., 1:30 and 6 p.m., at 15269 104th Ave., Surrey.

"Now is the time to have your say and shape our province," stated Tom Melnick, a judge who is serving as chairman of the commission. "This democratic process is a unique opportunity for British Columbians to provide their views about how their communities are represented geographically in the Legislative Assembly."

This fall, starting on Sept. 22, the commission is holding public hearings in 29 communities across the province.

Information gathered at the hearings will inform a preliminary report by the commission to be made to the Legislative Assembly sometime before May 9, 2015. To be considered for the its preliminary report, all presentations, submissions and input must be received by the commission before 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16. For a schedule of public hearing dates, locations and times, visit Bc-ebc.ca/join.

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