September 2, 2015

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Elmwood - Transcona

Elmwood - Transcona

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Current MP: Jim Maloway, NDP
Population: 78,690
Population eligible to vote (Canadian citizens over age 18): 57,620

Nominated candidates:

Jim Maloway, NDP
Ilona Niemczyk, Liberal
Lawrence Toet, Conservative
Ellen Young, Green

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Electoral history:

This seat in Winnipeg's northeast quadrant was held for almost three decades by the NDP's Bill Blaikie. He was the longest serving MP in Parliament when he opted not to run again in 2008 after being elected in this riding (or one of its various forms) eight times. He was replaced by the NDP's Jim Maloway, a longtime provincial NDP MLA who defeated Conservative star candidate Thomas Steen in 2008.

Elmwood-Transcona is a largely blue-collar riding with a large number of people employed in manufacturing jobs. It's median household income is middle of the pack in Manitoba but there is a large low-income population here, with nearly one in five people living below the poverty line and almost one in three children. It has a significant immigrant population with more than one in six residents being a first generation Canadian.

Previous election results

Jim Maloway NDP 14,355 votes 45.8 per cent
Thomas Steen CON 12,776 votes 40.7 per cent
Wes Penner LIB 2,079 votes 6.6 per cent
Chris Hrynkow GRN 1,839 votes 5.9 per cent
Robert Scott CHP 312 votes 1.0 per cent
Turnout 54 per cent


Median age: 37.6
Percentage under 18: 24.3
Percentage over 65: 13.3

Marital status:
Single/never married: 33.4 per cent
Legally married: 47.8 per cent
Separated/divorced: 12.1 per cent
Widowed: 6.7 per cent

Single parent families: 21.6 per cent

Median household income pre-tax: $49,388
Percentage living in poverty: 19.5 per cent
Percentage of kids under 18 living in poverty: 29.4 per cent

Single detached homes: 69.7
Semi-detached/rowhouses: 9.2
Low-rise apartment units: 13.1
High-rise apartment units: 6.1
Other: 1.9

Owned homes: 74 per cent
Average value of owned home: $131,020
Average number of rooms in home: 6
Homes built pre-1986: 87.9 per cent
Homes needing major repairs: 9 per cent

Speaks English: 91.3 per cent
Speaks French: 0.8 per cent
Can speak both English and French: 7.8 per cent

Canadian citizens: 96 per cent
Total immigrants (who ever immigrated to Canada): 14.7 per cent
Immigrated within previous five years: 2.5 per cent

Aboriginal identity:
First Nations: 2.8 per cent
Métis: 7.8 per cent

Visible minorities: 10 per cent
Major ethnic identities (as a percentage of total visible minorities): Black (2.2 per cent), Filipino (1.9 per cent), South Asian (1.6 per cent), Latin American (1.4 per cent)

Education: (highest level obtained, population 25-64 years old)
Less than high school: 19.4 per cent
High school diploma: 30.3 per cent
Apprenticeship/trade certificate: 13.5 per cent
College: 20.3 per cent
University with or without degree: 16.4 per cent

Unemployment rate: 5 per cent
Top 5 industries (as a percentage of total labour force over 15 years old): manufacturing, retail, health care/social services, business services

Drives self to work or was a passenger in car/truck: 78.3 per cent
Bikes or walks to work: 5.9 per cent
Takes public transit: 14.8 per cent



All candidates were contacted and asked to provide short answers to a standard list of questions and a photograph. The responses we have received are below:

Jim Maloway, New Democratic Party

Jim Maloway photo

Career: Small businessperson, politician

Education: BA in Political Science. U of Manitoba

Where did you grow up? Sioux Lookout, Ont.

Where do you live now? Glenwood Crescent in Winnipeg

Top issue in the riding (and your position on it): Improvement of the Canada Pension Plan, improvement of Canadian health care, job creation efforts by small business and Plessis underpass funding

Favourite book and why: Just One Vote - a great book on Manitoba's political history




Ilona Niemczyk, Liberal Party of Canada

Ilona Niemczyk photo

Career: Director of Fund Development with IDE Canada (NGO works for international development)

Education: Bachelor of Arts, Honours and Master of Arts both in International Relations from the University of Manitoba.

Where did you grow up? East Kildonan

Where do you live now? Transcona (Harbourview South)

Hobbies/volunteer work: Elmwood Area & Resource Association, Folklorama, involved in the Polish community, past involvement with Concordia Hospital Research Foundation. Hobbies: Cultures, languages, the arts, social sciences

Top issue in the riding (and your position on it): Safety and adequate care for the community (seniors, youth and all); I believe we need to invest in programs and facilities (care and community) to keep residents engaged in the community with access to good services in the riding to feel secure and to strengthen the social sense within the riding.

Favourite book and why: Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson - very inspirational about changing the world through peaceful means


Twitter: @ilonan

Lawrence Toet, Conservative Party of Canada

Lawrence Toet photo

Career: Partner in a local family-owned business, Premier Printing.

Where did you grow up? St. Martin Blvd., Transcona.

Where do you live now? South Transcona

Hobbies/Volunteer: Coach and director for the South Transcona Community Club. Campaign manager for the successful Thomas Steen campaign in the 2010 Winnipeg council elections.

Top Issue in the Riding (and your position on it): Tax credits for families, tax credits for seniors, youth-at-risk programs to prevent involvement in a life of crime. Crime prevention, and punishment for criminal activity. Infrastructure demands, such as Molson St. and the Plessis Road underpass. Maintaining a stable economy while implementing programs that can help Canadians, particularly residents of Elmwood-Transcona keep their hard-earned money in their pockets.

Favourite Book and why: No particular favourite. Does a lot of reading in a wide variety of literature.


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