A final report from the Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission has granted the Pemberton Valley's wish to join Whistler and Squamish in the next federal election.
The commission finished its work of redrawing the province's federal electoral map, moving Pemberton and Area C from Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon, into the West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea to Sky riding. The commission tabled this final report in the House of Commons Wednesday.
B.C. will be receiving six new seats in parliament for the next federal election, up from 36 to 42, which required a realignment of electoral district boundaries. The FEBC was created in February 2012 to set the new boundaries so that each electoral district shared roughly the same populations and interests. But the original proposal saw Pemberton and Area C remain in a Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon riding that would expand further north.
After a series of consultations with municipal and district leaders, Justice John Hall, chair of the FEBC, submitted a new report in Ottawa last January, saying at the time it “made sense” to group voters in the Pemberton region with their neighbours to the south.
“Pemberton and the area just beyond it fit in a bit better with West Van than it did with the (Fraser) Valley, so we just moved it where we thought it should be,” said Hall.
The new electoral map is expected to become official later this fall.