Provincial commission hosts public meetings on electoral boundaries

On Oct. 8, Trail residents will be given the chance to voice their opinions on BC's current electoral districts at a public meeting.

If you have problems with the way the province is divided for voters, British Columbia wants to hear from you.

On Oct. 8, Trail residents will be given the chance to voice their opinions on the current electoral districts in the province at a public meeting.

The meeting in Trail is just one in an extensive calendar of organized input sessions across the province and according to a press release from last week, The British Columbia Electoral Boundary Commission wants to know what the public thinks about district names, boundaries and the makeup of the area.

Trail sits in the Kootenay West riding and stretches from the United States border all the way north to Trout Lake and includes New Denver, Nakusp, Rossland and Castlegar.

Commission Chair, Justice Tom Melnick, says the chance to give input into the shaping of electoral ridings, is ‘”unique”.

“Now is the time to have your say and shape your province,” he stated in last week’s press release. “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.”

For those that want to give their input before the October public meeting, there is an online submission form that can be filled out and submitted. The public also has the option of sending a letter.

For more information on the meeting schedule, to find the online form or just to do some research, visit the commission’s website at bc-ebc.ca.