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Riding changes result in confusion

Some confused Sylvan Lake residents might like to know that their community is in the new federal riding of Red Deer-Wolf Creek.

Colin Cannon, constituency assistant for Red Deer MP Earl Dreeshen, confirmed that Sylvan Lake, along with the summer villages of Jarvis Bay and Norglenwold, will be in the same riding in the next federal election as North Red Deer, Blackfalds, Lacombe and Ponoka.

Most of the rest of Red Deer County will be in the Red Deer-Mountain View riding, along with South Red Deer and Innisfail, Olds and Sundre.

The confusion stems from a front page story in Sylvan Lake’s local newspaper that claimed the town was put in both federal electoral districts.

Cannon said this resulted from a misinterpretation of the provided written description of the new ridings.

But he admitted the information could have been more clearly worded.

Sylvan Lake Mayor Susan Samson said she’s pleased to be in the riding of Red Deer-Wolf Creek, since many of the lake-related issues Sylvan Lake faces are shared with Lacombe County, which is also in the new riding.

Samson’s only regret is that Dreeshen will likely run for the Red Deer-Mountain View seat, since that is where his home is located. “We always had a good working relationship with Earl. He understood our issues,” she added.

 
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