Cowichan Lake politicians suffering from separation anxiety

A proposed federal boundary shift could see Cowichan Lake and Duncan in different ridings. - Andrew Leong/file
A proposed federal boundary shift could see Cowichan Lake and Duncan in different ridings.
— image credit: Andrew Leong/file

Cowichan Lake officials don’t like the proposed federal electoral boundary change.

And they are prepared to speak against it.

The Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for British Columbia has proposed splitting Nanaimo-Cowichan in two ridings: Nanaimo-Cowichan and South Cowichan Juan de Fuca. The new riding of Nanaimo Cowichan would include all of Nanaimo, Gabriola Island, the majority of Ladysmith, Youbou, Lake Cowichan and Honeymoon Bay.

Lake Cowichan council and Cowichan Lake South Director Ian Morrison are concerned the region is being lumped into the wrong riding. Both are preparing delegations to an Oct. 16 hearing on the matter to share those concerns.

“The one reason I wanted this put on the agenda is really that it’s totally wrong,” said Mayor Ross Forrest.

“I think that someone looked at the map and and thought that Ladysmith and Lake Cowichan were continuous. But they didn’t take into consideration the infrastructure to get there (Nanaimo),” said Councillor Tim McGonigle.

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