Commission proposes changes to Skeena-Bulkley Valley

  • Feb. 1, 2013 8:00 a.m.

The Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for British Columbia is proposing minor changes to the riding of Skeena-Bulkley Valley. Tasked with reconfiguring the boundaries of BC 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 just makes sense,” said Nathan Cullen, MP for Skeena-Bulkley Valley, reacting to the release of the commission 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 Hagensbourg, Fourmile, Firvale and Stuie are in another.” Mr.Cullen supports the Commission’s proposal for Skeena-Bulkley Valley, which doesn’t substantially increase the size of the riding due to recognition of the challenges of representing such a vast riding. The Commissioners concluded that major changes were not required for Skeena-Bulkley Valley and 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 Mr. Cullen.