Part II Amendments to the Initial Report (June 17, 2013) – British Columbia – Nomenclature Objections

Nomenclature Objections

Saanich—Juan de Fuca

Mr. Randall Garrison (MP for Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca) suggested that the reconfigured Saanich—Juan de Fuca district be named Esquimalt—Saanich—Sooke. Upon consideration, we feel it would be appropriate to rename the district Saanich—Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca. This recognizes the present name of Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca while including Saanich, which is a significant component of the reconfigured district.

Cloverdale—Langley and Fort Langley—Aldergrove

Mr. Warawa (MP for Langley) suggested that the reconfigured Cloverdale—Langley district be named Cloverdale—West Langley, and that the reconfigured Fort Langley—Aldergrove district be named Langley—Aldergrove. He submits that the latter change would better recognize the composition of the new district. With regard to the first suggestion, we do not consider it appropriate to alter the name of Cloverdale—Langley as proposed, but consider it would enhance clarity to rename the district Cloverdale—Langley City. This name, in our opinion, accurately reflects the main components of the reconfigured district. We accede to the second suggestion of altering the name of Fort Langley—Aldergrove to Langley—Aldergrove.

Richmond West

Ms. Findlay (MP for Delta—Richmond East) and Ms. Wong (MP for Richmond) both filed objections about the name of the reconfigured Richmond West district. Ms. Findlay suggested the name of Richmond Centre, and Ms. Wong suggested continuing the existing name of Richmond. The Committee stated in its report that if the Commission were to accede to Ms. Findlay's suggestion for certain boundary changes between Richmond West and Steveston—Richmond East, we might consider her suggested name change. The Committee supported the name change suggested by Ms. Wong in the event that we did not accede to boundary changes between the districts. We have not acceded to the suggested boundary changes. However, we note that a nearby district was designated Surrey Centre. Richmond Centre as a name would align with this nomenclature, and seems to be a good description of Richmond's urban centre. Therefore, we will adopt the suggested name of Richmond Centre for this reconfigured electoral district.

Surrey Centre

Mr. Russ Hiebert (MP for South Surrey—White Rock—Cloverdale) objected to the name given to the reconfigured Surrey Centre district. He suggested that a more appropriate name would be Surrey North, as at present. We note that Mr. Jasbir Sandhu (MP for Surrey North) was supportive of our Report. We also observe that, at the public hearing in Surrey, there was significant support for naming the reconfigured district Surrey Centre. This name recognizes that the district encompasses Surrey's city centre. For these reasons, we cannot accede to Mr. Hiebert's objection, and the name of Surrey Centre will remain for this district.

Prince George—Peace River

Mr. Bob Zimmer (MP for Prince George—Peace River) suggested that the reconfigured Prince George—Peace River district would be more appropriately named Prince George—Peace River—Northern Rockies. We agree that this better recognizes the component sectors of this very large electoral district, and the name is changed accordingly.

Dated at Vancouver, British Columbia, this 17th day of June, 2013.

(Original signed by)

Honourable Justice John E. Hall

(Original signed by)

Stewart Ladyman

(Original signed by)

Dr. J. Peter Meekison

CERTIFIED copy of the Report of the Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for the Province of British Columbia.


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