(Black Press file photo)

LETTER: Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon name change not because of shame

MP Jati Sidhu says the proposed name change for his riding is to make it more representative

Dear Editor,

I want to thank Christopher di Armani for his letter in last week’s Black Press papers (March 21, 2019).

I do, however, take exception to his claim that I am “ashamed” to be the Member of Parliament for Mission—Matsqui—Fraser Canyon.

Quite the contrary: Representing this riding has been one of my life’s great privileges, and its proposed name change is a reflection of the people my staff and I serve.

I can assure my constituents I do not take this proposal lightly.

Riding name changes are not easily undertaken, and between elections the only circumstance in which this could happen is when it is determined the current name does not sufficiently represent the district’s geographic boundaries.

The former municipality of Matsqui merged with Abbotsford in 1995, and presently, my office represents about one-third of Abbotsford’s residents — a fact that many people are unaware of.

In no way is this an attempt to disrespect the history of Matsqui or the Matsqui First Nation.

The proposed name change is meant to better reflect the demographics of the constituency, and nothing more.

Regardless of the outcome of the Senate’s third reading of this bill, I look forward in continuing to serve the people of this riding, no matter what its name.

Please do not hesitate to contact my office with questions or concerns regarding this or any other federal matter.

-Jati Sidhu, Member of Parliament for Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon



news@ahobserver.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

One-day delay for trial of Chilliwack pastor facing child porn charges

Main Street Church’s former executive pastor John Vermeer set for seven-day trial

Wheelchair-accessible cabins open at Cultus Lake Provincial Park in Chilliwack

Maple Bay Campground is now home to 25 new wheelchair friendly cabins, a first for BC Parks

Seven Days in Chilliwack

A list of community events happening in Chilliwack from July 22 to 28

Australian band Mapstone uplifts and inspires at Tractorgrease in Chilliwack

Combining voice, didgeridoo, guitar and more, Mapstone infuses the dance floor with enticing sound

Bail denied for alleged Chilliwack firearm thief convicted of similar crime in Alberta

Andrew Scott Charpentier charged with numerous offences after guns seized from Reece Avenue address

Food fight: Liberals, Tories trade shots as pre-campaign battles intensify

Health Canada released an overhauled document that did away with traditional food groups and portion sizes

Okanagan Air Cadet challenges gender-exclusive haircut policy

Haircut regulation inspires challenge around gender identity

Pride flags stolen from Lower Mainland church

Went missing sometime Friday night, says Maple Ridge reverend

VIDEO: Bystander training gains traction as tool to prevent sexual harassment, violence

Julia Gartley was sexually assaulted after an event, and no one stepped in to help

Two brands of ice cream sandwiches recalled due to presence of metal

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency issued a recall on Iceberg and Originale Augustin brands

Sexual assaults, extortion on the rise even as crime rates stay low: Stats Canada

Rates of police-reported sexual assault rose for the fourth year in a row

Vancouver Island teens missing after vehicle found ablaze near Dease Lake, BC

RCMP say a body discovered nearby not one of the missing teens

Most Read