The three-person team charged with redrawing the province's federal ridings are in town to hear what people think of the new boundaries.
At 2 p.m. today the Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for B.C. - tasked with adding six electoral districts to accommodate the province's population increase - will be on hand to hear from residents at Coast Inn of the North.
Since the last review in 2001, the province has grown to need 42 seats in the House of Commons instead of 36. The commission, headed by former B.C. Supreme Court Judge John Hall, has proposed expanding the boundaries of the Prince George-Peace River riding to encompass Valemount and Mt. Robson, which are being separated from the Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo district.
The riding, currently held by Conservative MP Bob Zimmer, is already 237,000 square kilometres.
Valemount mayor Andru McCraken has already expressed his village's displeasure with the proposal and is recommending they join the Kootenay-Columbia riding instead.