As a Penticton resident and City Councillor, I believe the population of Penticton and Boundary is substantial enough to support two provincial ridings.
It doesn’t seem to make sense that the Commission is considering adding Princeton to Boundary when there are over 350,000 people who live north of Boundary.
Why would you take population from an underpopulated rural riding like Fraser Nicola? Having said that, you don’t need to add population to Boundary in any event. BC Stats estimates do not ring true – it is hard to believe that there would be population decline amidst the in-migration taking place from other provinces. South Okanagan real estate sales released this past weekend show sales up 33 %...a mix of locals and new residents.
There might be residents keeping Alberta and Saskatchewan addressees who are living most of the year in the Boundary area.
The community interest in Boundary and Penticton is best served by keeping the riding boundaries as they are.
Andre Martin, Penticton