Kelowna part of westside riding?

Voters living in Kelowna's downtown, north end, portions of lower Glenmore and the hospital district could notice some unfamiliar names on their next federal election ballot.

As part of the Federal Electoral Boundary re-distribution, a portion of Kelowna has been included within the new Central Okanagan-Coquihalla federal riding.

The re-distribution report still has to be approved in the House of Commons.

The area includes those people north of Royal Avenue/Rose Avenue/Guisachan Road/Springfield Road, south of Knox Mountain and west of Glenmore Drive/Spall Road.

Those residents will now be lumped in with West Kelowna, Peachland, Summerland, Merritt, Princeton and Logan Lake.

The new boundary will stretch from the BC/Washington State border north to Highway 1 and from Okanagan Lake east to the Thompson-Nicola region.

The remainder of Kelowna will remain in the Kelowna-Lake Country riding.

The biggest change to what is current Okanagan-Coquihalla is the elimination of Penticton from the riding and the addition of the portion of Kelowna, Princeton and a northern boundary extension up to the Trans Canada Highway just south of Kamloops.

The riding is currently being served by Conservative MP, Dan Albas who recently moved from Penticton to West Kelowna.

Kelowna-Lake Country, served by MP Ron Cannan, will see the elimination of a portion of the downtown and north end.

The boundary re-distribution report was tabled this week in the House of Commons.

Members of Parliament will get a chance to review and debate the changes before it is enacted.

The public can still raise any concerns they may have about the electoral map with their MP.

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