B.C. Electoral Boundaries Commission Proposes changes to Skeena—Bulkley Valley

OTTAWA – Monday, the report by the Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for the Province of British Columbia was tabled in the House of Commons. Tasked with reconfiguring the boundaries of British Columbia’s federal electoral districts to grow the number of federal ridings from 36 to 42 due to population growth, the Commission has proposed an extension of the boundaries of Skeena—Bulkley Valley to include all of the Bella Coola Valley.

“I’m glad that the Commission has proposed to unite the communities in the Bella Coola Valley into a single riding. It really just makes sense.” said Nathan Cullen, Member of Parliament for Skeena—Bulkley Valley, reacting to the report. “I have been travelling to Bella Coola once or twice a year ever since I became a Member of Parliament and it has never made any sense to me that Bella Coola is in one riding and parts of Hagensbourg, Firvale and Stuie are in another.”

Cullen supports the Commission’s proposal for Skeena—Bulkley Valley, which doesn’t substantially increase the size of the riding due to their recognition of the challenges of representing such a vast riding. The Commissioners concluded that major changes were not required for Skeena—Bulkley Valley and it’s neighboring northern electoral districts.

“Though not considered a major change, this is a significant one for the communities of the Bella Coola Valley and for Skeena—Bulkley Valley as a whole. I am excited that folks in the valley will finally be federally represented together rather than apart.” said Cullen.

The report from the Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for the Province of British Columbia can be read in its entirety at http://www.redecoupage-federal-redistribution.ca/content.asp?section=bc&dir=now/reports&document=index&lang=e.

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Contact: Shelley Browne, cullen1@parl.gc.ca 250-877-4140