South Okanagan – West Kootenay MP Richard Cannings has announced he will “Ride the Riding” later this month — the fourth year in the row he has taken to his bicycle for the week-long journey.
The ride, Mr. Cannings says, provides him with a a unique chance to meet the people, businesses and industries that make up this part of southern BC.
The tour includes a combination of rail trails and highways, starting in Nakusp on August 23 and finishing in Kaleden on August 29.
An Osoyoos stop, however, is not on the itinerary.
Routes, like the Kettle Valley Rail Trail, are an important tourist attraction for the region and play a key economic driver for many small communities, Mr. Cannings explained.
“These trails are important to our region allowing people easy access to the back country,” he said.
“I regularly ride them, enjoying meeting the people and the scenery along the route.”
He is inviting others to join him on part of the ride or to meet him during breaks.
“This is their chance to express their concerns and interests to me,” he said.
Mr. Cannings will travel through New Denver, Slocan, Castlegar, Fruitvale, Trail, Christina Lakes, Grand Forks, Rock Creek, Penticton, Okanagan Falls and Oliver.
He has scheduled numerous coffee and meal breaks at various points where the public can meet him to share their concerns, ideas and suggestions for the South Okanagan – West Kootenay.
The complete itinerary is available online at richardcannings.ndp.ca.
Mr. Cannings is the incumbent in the riding, which will be contested in a federal election scheduled for October.
Other candidates include Helena Konanz (Conservative), Connie Denesiuk (Liberal), Tara Howse (Green) and Sergio Zanatta (People’s Party).