A digitally-created map shows a new concept for ridings within the Kelowna area, including the addition of Big White to the proposed "Kelowna South", shown in yellow.

MLAs propose to add Big White to Kelowna electoral ridings

“Overwhelming support” to create new four-riding model, says MLA

Kelowna’s three MLAs say that there has been plenty of positive feedback from the community to add a fourth electoral riding – and are now proposing bringing Big White into the mix.

Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick said on Tuesday that there has been “overwhelming support” for the addition of a new riding, consisting of a population-dense area of downtown.

The proposed names for the four ridings are Kelowna-South, Kelowna-Centre, Kelowna-North, and West Kelowna.

Letnick said that there has been a “clear message” that Big White should be added into a Kelowna riding, prompting the changing of the proposed boundaries for Kelowna-South to encompass the resort community.

Big White is currently within the Boundary-Similkameen electoral riding. The community asked at the last review to be added to a Kelowna riding, but it didn’t happen.

“The local MLAs and other people are making presentations to the Boundary Commission in support of Big White’s request to be part of one of the Kelowna ridings,” Letnick said. “The Kelowna MLAs believe it will be best in the new proposed Kelowna South riding, because Big White if you look on a map is actually more south than north.”

A public meeting was held on April 6 at the Kelowna Yacht Club for the public to add input. Letnick is encouraging those who still wish to give feedback to do so through written submissions to info@bcebc.ca.

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