Updated: Apr 29
Controversy over how Elections BC changed the riding boundaries continues to gain momentum. The new boundaries would split the Regional District of the North Okanagan (RDNO) into 3 ridings from its current 2, possibly complicating shared services.
What does the RDNO share?
From the RDNO website
"The Regional District of North Okanagan provides over 70 services to just over 90,000 people in the North Okanagan. The regional district service delivery model is unique to that of a municipality. Member municipalities and electoral areas can partner to provide services to multiple communities. Services are provided on an opt-in basis, meaning only the communities that receive the service pay for it.
Some services span the entire region, like solid waste management, some are provided to a few communities, such as Greater Vernon Water, and some only apply to one community or a section of that community, like local parks."
To better put what the change may mean for election outcomes, here is the voting history of the region.
20 Years of Provincial Election Results
Okanagan-Vernon / Vernon-Monashee
1991-1994: Lyall Hanson (Social Credit)
1994-1996: Lyall Hanson (Reform)
1996-2001: April Sanders (BC Liberal)
2001-2009: Tom Christensen (BC Liberal)
2009-2020: Eric Foster (BC Liberal)
2020-present: Harwinder Sandhu (NDP)
2001-2009: Sindi Hawkins (BC Liberal) [as part of Kelowna-Mission riding]
2009-2017: Norm Letnick (BC Liberal)
2017-present: Tracy Gray (BC Liberal)
2001-2013: George Abbott (BC Liberal)
2013-present: Greg Kyllo (BC Liberal)
2013: Christy Clark (BC Liberal) [provincial by-election]
2017-2020: Ben Stewart (BC Liberal)
2020-present: Norman Letnick (BC Liberal)
Kelowna-Mission electoral district
2001: Sindi Hawkins, BC Liberal Party
2005: Sindi Hawkins, BC Liberal Party
2009: Steve Thomson, BC Liberal Party
2013: Steve Thomson, BC Liberal Party
2017: Steve Thomson, BC Liberal Party
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