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Conservatives and NDP say riding changes 'problematic'

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Electoral boundary map for the southern Interior (Contributed by: Government of Canada)

The federal government is looking to change Canada's electoral boundaries. This happens every 10 years, right after a census, to reflect changing demographics in our country.

This time, big changes are proposed for the southern Interior.

One of those changes would put the City of Penticton in a riding with Castlegar and other parts of West Kootenay.

Currently, Penticton is represented by Conservative MP Dan Albas in the riding of Okanagan-Coquihalla, which it shares with the nearby communities of Summerland, Peachland and West Kelowna.

Another of the proposed changes would see Nelson taken out of a riding with its West Kootenay neighbours and added to the Kootenay-Columbia riding to the east.

That could cause big problems for NDP MP Alex Atamanenko.

Daybreak host Chris Walker spoke with both Dan Albas and Alex Atamanenko about the changes.
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Here's a link to the Commission website.
Here's a pop-out map of the new boundaries.
And here are the dates for public hearings.

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