Comox Valley in danger of being partitioned

Dear editor,

Well, like they say in that old joke — you’ve got to draw the line somewhere.

THE ELECTORAL BOUNDARIES commission recommends that all of Courtenay (dark area) as well as Cumberland

Dear editor,

Well, like they say in that old joke — you’ve got to draw the line somewhere.

The Electoral Boundaries Commission has released its report recommending the Comox Valley be split in half.

I think we just got — how shall I say this politely — shafted.

The report recommends the line between adjoining electoral districts be drawn between Courtenay and Comox.

Courtenay and Cumberland will be joining up with Parksville, Qualicum and Port Alberni, which have a community of interest with each other, but not with us.

Comox, Black Creek and Merville will be sticking with the North Island communities, which have a community of interest with each other, but not with us.

What is the likelihood that the MP for Vancouver Island North will come from Comox or the MP for Courtenay – Alberni from Courtenay?

Even if they do, who are they going to listen to?

Dare I say it?

I do.

This is another reason for the Comox Valley to unite as one municipality.

If these boundaries are approved by Parliament and we do not unite as one, we will not be the meat in the sandwich.

We will be the garnish off to the side. On the periphery. Brushed off. Left out. Ignored.

However, if we unite, we can be the squeaky wheel.

We can gang up on them. We can play one against the other. Or something.

The earliest a federal election can be called with new boundaries is April 2014.

Any time after that, it’s the new boundaries, with the federal election so far scheduled for October 2015. And the next municipal election is November 2014.

So let’s start seriously thinking about forming a single municipal government for the Comox Valley.

So we don’t get lost in the shuffle.

And get dealt a bad hand.

Erik Eriksson,

Courtenay

Just Posted

Moms of those killed by illicit opioids take to B.C. Legislature in call for action

Moms Stop the Harm, a nationwide network of families who have lost loved ones to overdoses rally

Taxing Vancouver Island

Big Read: find out which communities are paying the lowest and highest taxes on Vancouver Island

Y2K Spitfire comes home

Stocky Edwards guest of honour at banquet

Crown Isle acquires Longlands Golf Course

The Crown Isle Resort and Golf Community just got a little bit… Continue reading

Heliports certified at Comox Valley, Campbell River hospitals

Both sites should see heliports up and running by late summer

VIDEO: Canadian toddler caught practising hockey skills in crib

Eli Graveline is getting praise from far and wide as the internet freaks out of cute throwback video

B.C. teacher ends Jeopardy! winning streak, taking home US$69,000

Ali Hasan, from New Westminster, has been gaining fans as a “one-man invasion,” says Alex Trebek

Jett Woo highlights 5 Canucks choices on Day 2 of NHL entry draft

WHL star out of Moose Jaw tabbed in Round 2

Lawyer fired in B.C. courtroom during trial for dangerous driving causing death

Dustin Dennis Zinter was charged following November 2015 accident near Nanaimo, B.C.

In a matter of hours, women in Saudi Arabia will be allowed to drive

Change was announced as a royal decree in 2017 by Crown Prince Mohammen bin Salman

Feds announce measures to protect endangered whale species

Canada’s Whale Initiative is part of the federal government’s $1.5 billion Ocean Protection Plan

COC session vote approves Calgary as potential host for 2026 Olympics

Scott Hutcheson, chair of Calgary’s Olympic bid corporation — called vote a positive step forward

Mounties seize 1,500 pot plants in ‘extensive Shawnigan raid

Mounties searched a property in the 4800-block of Goldstream Heights Drive on May 30

B.C. man wins job he was denied after saying he had depression

Transport Canada has been order to give Chris Hughes a high-level job and nearly $500,000

Most Read