Parksville Qualicum NDP Launch

Less than six weeks after Elections BC confirmed the boundaries of new provincial electoral districts, one local New Democratic Party group is already well on the way to forming a new constituency association. The Parksville Qualicum NDP Constituency Association will hold its founding meeting at 7 pm on June 24, 2008, at the Parksville Community Centre, 132 East Jensen, Parksville.

Everyone is welcome to attend, and current NDP members in the constituency area will be eligible to vote for the constituency executive and count themselves among the founding members of the NDP Parksville Qualicum Constituency Association.

The meeting will feature as guest speaker, Leonard Krog, this area’s first MLA. In British Columbia electoral history, from 1887 to the election of 1986, Parksville and Qualicum were absorbed in electoral districts which encompassed large areas on the east coast of Vancouver Island, variously called Nanaimo and the Islands, or just plain Nanaimo.

In the election of 1991, following a redistribution of electoral seats in 1989, Leonard Krog became the first MLA to represent the new electoral district called Parksville Qualicum. “It united towns which share close geography and many common characteristics and interests,” said Krog. "I know this constituency can do what it did in 1991 and elect a New Democrat. We did it once, we can do it again."

The new and current version of the Parksville Qualicum constituency includes some of north Nanaimo--the most northwest corner, plus Lantzville, Nanoose, Parksville, and Qualicum Beach. Detailed information about the constituency boundaries is available on Election BC's website. For more information on the June 24 meeting, call Allan Falconer at tel. 250-390-8005.

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