September 4, 2015



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Current MP: Vic Toews, Conservative
Population: 87,740
Population eligible to vote (Canadian citizens over age 18): 60,175
Major centres: Steinbach, Ste. Anne, Lac du Bonnet

Nominated candidates:

Janine Gibson, Green
Terry Hayward, Liberal
Ric Lim, Pirate
Al Mackling, NDP
David Reimer, Christian Heritage
Vic Toews, Conservative (

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Electoral history:

The riding is one of Manitoba's oldest, going all the way back to 1871. It is noteworthy historically for electing Louis Riel in 1873. More recently it is a Conservative safe seat. The Liberals managed to win it in 1993 and 1997 thanks to the splitting of the right-wing vote between Reform and Progressive Conservative candidates. Vic Toews won it back for the right in 2000, as the Canadian Alliance candidate and has held it ever since. He is the highest profile MP in Manitoba right now as the minister of public safety and regional minister for Manitoba.

Provencher is a largely rural riding with a noteworthy francophone population and large Mennonite community. It is wealthier than the Manitoba average and has among the lowest poverty and unemployment rates in the province. It is largely rural with farming the main industry. It is also one of the more popular tourist destinations with several provincial parks and countless lakes and summer cottages.

Previous election results

Vic Toews CON 23,303 votes 64.7 per cent
Ross Martin NDP 4,947 votes 13.7 per cent
Shirley Hiebert LIB 4,531 votes 12.6 per cent
Janine Gibson GRN 2,089 votes 5.8 per cent
David Reimer CHP 1,170 votes 3.3 per cent
Turnout 58 per cent


Median age: 37.2
Percentage under 18: 27.9
Percentage over 65: 12.3

Marital status:
Single/never married: 26 per cent
Legally married: 61.8 per cent
Separated/divorced: 6.5 per cent
Widowed: 5.3 per cent

Single parent families: 9.2 per cent

Median household income pre-tax: $51,801
Percentage living in poverty: 8.4 per cent
Percentage of kids under 18 living in poverty: 10.1 per cent

Single detached homes: 84.7 per cent
Semi-detached/rowhouses: 4.3 per cent
Low-rise apartment units: 4.6 per cent
High-rise apartment units: 0.8 per cent
Other: 5.6 per cent

Owned homes: 84 per cent
Average value of owned home: $162,703
Average number of rooms in home: 7
Homes built pre-1986: 65 per cent
Homes needing major repairs: 8.3 per cent

Speaks English: 82.3 per cent
Speaks French: 0.42 per cent
Speaks both: 16.2 per cent

Canadian citizens: 95.8 per cent
Total immigrants (who ever immigrated to Canada): 11.1 per cent
Immigrated within previous five years: 2.9 per cent

Aboriginal identity:
First Nations: 2.5 per cent
Métis: 7.8 per cent

Visible minorities: 1.2 per cent
Major ethnic identities (as a percentage of total visible minorities): Black (0.4 per cent), Filipino (0.2 per cent), South Asian (0.2 per cent)

Education: (highest level obtained, population 25-64 years old)
Less than high school: 19.3 per cent
High school diploma: 27.2 per cent
Apprenticeship/trade certificate: 13.5 per cent
College: 17.4 per cent
University with or without degree: 15 per cent

Unemployment rate: 3.7 per cent
Top 5 industries (as a percentage of total labour force over 15 years old):
agriculture, manufacturing, health care/social services, construction, retail

Drives self to work or was a passenger in car/truck: 90.3 per cent
Bikes or walks to work: 8 per cent
Takes public transit: 0.3 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:

Janine Gibson, Green Party of Canada

Janine Gibson photo

Career: Organic inspector, educator & consultant

Education: Springfield Collegiate, University of Winnipeg (Psychology) University of MB (Human Ecology)

Where did you grow up? My parents ranch north of Oakbank and my maternal grandparents mixed farm east of Minnedosa

Where do you live now? Our solar & wind powered farm near Pansy, Northern Sun Farm Co-operative, Ltd.

Hobbies/volunteer work: Singing. Chairperson of the Organic Food Council of MB- a chapter of Canadian Organic Growers

Top issue in the riding (and your position on it): Truly sustainable democratic development and resource use- long term environmental & health impacts must always be considered over short term profits for the few

Favourite book and why: Rachel Carson - Silent Spring launched the environmental movement in North America and inspired my father Reg Gibson to write - Once Upon a Marsh - CBC Wilderness Award winning song - opened my mind and heart to our marshlands


Terry Hayward, Liberal Party of Canada

Terry Hayward photo

Career: Government of Canada, Manitoba Rural Adaptation Council, owns small business (Mediation and Advisory Services)

Education: University of Manitoba

Where Did You Grow Up? Brandon, Manitoba

Where Do You Live Now? Family farm, Anola

Hobbies/Volunteer Work: Travel. In the past, soccer team(s) manager, president of Canadian Parents for French (Beausejour), president of Beausejour Minor Hockey Association, president of Beausejour Brokenhead Memorial Arena Board.

Top issue in the riding (and your position on it): Family and business services, health care (availability of doctors), day care, high speed internet service, affordable housing for seniors and lower income families, agriculture and rural residents; water issues (quality and drainage). My position: Need to work with the province to address water issues. Will work with Liberal party's rural plan to see health care, affordable housing and internet access made available to all.


Twitter: @terryhaywardMB

Ric Lim, Pirate Party of Canada

Ric Lim photo

Career: Health physicist

Education: BSc (Honours) Health Physics & Radiation Science; BSc Computer Engineering

Where did you grow up? Philippines

Where do you live now? Pinawa, Manitoba

Hobbies/volunteer work: Swimming, Biking, Canoeing, Rowing, volunteering for annual triathlon and other community events

Top issue in the riding (and your position on it): Infrastructure and local community support. Federal and provincial levels of government needs to provide a long term financing solution to lessen the impact from all the offloading to municipalities.

Favourite book and why: JRR Tolkien's Lord of The Rings. A timeless classic and an engrossing book.


Twitter: @riclim_mb

Al Mackling, New Democratic Party

Career: Retired lawyer, former MLA and NDP cabinet minister

Education: B.A. (United College)

Where did you grow up? St. James

Where do you live now? North Kildonan, after living 23 years in Dugald

Hobbies/Volunteer: EAL tutor, volunteer with the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, fishing, hunting

Top issue in the riding (and your position on it): It boils down to a need to stop Harper from getting a majority, because that would put at risk a number of things, including: Health care, public pension improvements and small farms. Their crime agenda is also going to cost us hundreds of millions of dollars, without actually having a significant effect on crime rates.

Favourite book and why: I read a lot, so it's hard to say. A periodical I find consistently interesting and eye-opening is the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Monitor. It's full of important information and policy analysis.


David Reimer, Christian Heritage Party of Canada

David Reimer photo

Career: Pastor/clergy

Education: Bachelor of Religious Studies

Where did you grow up? Winnipeg

Where do you live now? Steinbach

Hobbies/volunteer work: Basketball referee for 35 years, caring for elderly parents, enjoying our three grandsons

Top issue in the riding (and your position on it): Anger that we are facing the fourth Federal Election in seven years. Voters feel that the opposition parties are to blame and must be held responsible. The money spent on a needless election, approximately $400 million, could have been better spent paying down the deficit or on health care.

Favourite book and why: The Bible - It is the Word of God and it provides us with truth, knowledge, inspiration, hope, healing and encouragement. It is relevant for every generation and every situation.


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