An election may be more than two years off but local MP Mark Strahl announced in a press release Friday he would seek re-election.
Strahl's announcement comes on the heels of the Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission final report released Wednesday.
Final boundary adjustments mean that the new electoral district of Chilliwack-Hope (not to be confused with the provincial riding of Chilliwack-Hope) is smaller than, but fully contained within, the current riding of Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon.
“I was born and raised in Chilliwack, and my roots in both Chilliwack and Hope are very deep," Strahl said. "I’m looking forward to running here in the next election.”
Decisions on the final boundary realignment came as a relief to Strahl and many constituents as an early draft version from summer 2012 showed a boundary between Abbotsford-Sumas and Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon that would be Highway 1 until Vedder Road where it would run south, dividing Sardis in half.
"I've heard from constituents all over the riding concerned with the changes being proposed," Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon MP Mark Strahl said in an August 2012 press release.
"It made sense to keep Chilliwack together, and I'm glad they saw it that way in the end," he said in Friday's release.
The new Chilliwack-Hope riding will include the City of Chilliwack and Hope, but the District of Kent, Harrison Hot Springs, Yale, Boston Bar, Lytton, Lillooet, Cache Creek and Ashcroft will now be in the new riding of Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon, while Pemberton will be included in the West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea to Sky Country riding.
Strahl had suggested to the commission that Pemberton, Whistler and SLRD Area C should be in the Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon riding, but they disagreed.
"We note . . . comments on this issue, but consider it more natural to link Whistler, Pemberton and SLRD Area C within West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea to Sky Country."
The proposed changes mean the new federal riding of Chilliwack-Hope will have 92,735 people, an 11.5 per cent variance from the electoral quota of 104,763.
British Columbia gains six electoral districts as a result of the increase in population. Five of the new ridings are in the Lower Mainland.
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