The Kamloops Riding Association represents the BC Green members in the North and South Thompson provincial electoral ridings on traditional Secwepemc Territory. Kamloops-South Thompson starts in the west at Savona and heads along the Trans-Canada Highway through southern Kamloops, ending in Chase to the east.
Kamloops-North Thompson covers the northern part of Kamloops at the south and runs north along the North Thompson River to Blue River, picking up the communities of Sun Peaks, Barriere, and Clearwater in-between.
Between the two ridings, there are approximately 79,000 eligible voters, which encompass vast economic portfolios. With job and businesses ranging from traditional sectors such as resource extraction and agriculture; to tourism, technology, value-added, and healthcare; our region has become a hub for a 21st century economy.
The 2017 Provincial election was a very exciting time for BC Greens. Without taking union or corporate donations, our outstanding volunteers and supporters were able to fund a successful campaign while achieving our fundraising goal. Our candidates connected with individuals and businesses within the community through various events such as: coffee & politics, town halls, mainstream media, and even engaging with our next generation of voters at high schools.
In the end, we made a serious continuous effort at reaching out to 17,000 homes, across the two ridings, resulting in a total gain of twenty-percent of the popular vote, a historical showing for first-time candidates.
With the creation of our new Riding Association, we look forward to being an effective bridge between the community and party, to which to grow our support for the next election. We are committed to monthly meetings and keeping both local members and supporters informed and connected.
Going forward, our priority is to continue increasing membership and fundraising to build up our financial base to compete in the next election with another strong campaign!