New ridings take Strahl out of the local area

Lytton, Lillooet, Cache Creek and Ashcroft will be in the new riding of Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon.

Conservative MP Mark Strahl will be seeking re-election in the riding of Chilliwack-Hope in the next federal election.

The Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for British Columbia released their final report and maps on Aug. 21. The report adjusts riding boundaries because of population changes and will add six new federal seats to British Columbia’s total at the next election as a result of the Conservative government’s Fair Representation Act.

“Chilliwack-Hope is entirely contained within my current riding of Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon,” said Strahl. “I was born and raised in Chilliwack, and my roots in both Chilliwack and Hope are very deep.  I’m looking forward to running here in the next election.”

The next federal election is currently scheduled to take place in the fall of 2015.

Strahl thanked the Commission for their work, and for listening to the people of Chilliwack who were strongly opposed to the original draft proposal which would have seen the District split between two ridings.

“It made sense to keep Chilliwack together, and I’m glad they saw it that way in the end.”

Strahl is looking forward to the next two years of serving the current riding of Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon.

“It is an honour to represent each and every constituent and each and every community in Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon,” said Strahl.

Chilliwack-Hope will include the District of Chilliwack and the District of Hope. The communities of Kent, Harrison Hot Springs, Yale, Boston Bar, Lytton, Lillooet, Cache Creek and Ashcroft will be in the new riding of Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon.

Strahl was first elected to the House of Commons as MP for Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon in May 2011, a riding that his father, Chuck Strahl, held for the Conservatives since 2004. He is a member of the Standing Committee on National Defence, and the Chair of the BC/Yukon Conservative Caucus.