August 31, 2015

Saint Boniface

Saint Boniface

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Current MP: Shelly Glover, Conservative
Population: 84,465
Population eligible to vote (Canadian citizens over age 18): 63,595

Nominated candidates:

Shelly Glover, Conservative
Patrice Miniely, NDP
Marc Payette, Green
Raymond Simard, Liberal

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Electoral history:

Saint Boniface had been held by the Liberals for the better part of the last 30 years but the big red tent's party here was invaded by Conservative Shelly Glover in 2008. Glover, a cop on leave from the Winnipeg Police Service, blew by Liberal Raymond Simard in 2008 after spending nearly two years campaigning. She has received a lot of face time in Ottawa as one of the Conservatives only French speaking female MPs and one with a lot of chutzpah.

Simard is trying to win back his seat this time. The Liberal reliance on Francophone voters in the riding is no longer a path to victory. There are more francophones in Saint Boniface than anywhere else west of Ontario but they are still a minority here, representing about 15 per cent of the population. The riding has grown around the southeast Winnipeg suburbs, is growing in affluence and is now the third wealthiest of Manitoba's ridings.

It is among the most educated and careers lean towards the white collar industries.

Previous election results

Shelly Glover CON 19,440 votes 46.3 per cent
Raymond Simard LIB 14,728 votes 35.1 per cent
Matt Schaubroeck NDP 5,502 votes 13.1 per cent
Marc Payette GRN 2,104 votes 5 per cent
Justin Gregoire CHP 195 votes 0.5 per cent
Turnout 64.3 per cent


Median age: 39.6
Percentage under 18: 20.9
Percentage over 65: 14.8

Marital status:
Single/never married: 33.2
Legally married: 48.7
Separated/divorced: 11.5
Widowed: 6.6

Single parent families: 17.5 per cent

Median household income pre-tax: $52,094
Percentage living in poverty: 17.1 per cent
Percentage of kids under 18 living in poverty: 21.5 per cent

Single detached homes: 61.1
Semi-detached/rowhouses: 6.5
Low-rise apartment units: 17.5
High-rise apartment units: 13.1
Other: 1.7

Owned homes: 65.8
Average value of owned home: $173,154
Average number of rooms in home: 6
Homes built pre-1986: 82.3
Homes needing major repairs: 7 per cent

Speaks English: 74.8 per cent
Speaks French: 0.9 per cent
Can speak both English and French: 23.6 per cent

Canadian citizens: 96.2 per cent
Total immigrants (who ever immigrated to Canada): 11.7 per cent
Immigrated within previous five years: 2.4 per cent

Aboriginal identity:
First Nations: 1.9 per cent
Métis: 6.9 per cent

Visible minorities: 10 per cent
Major ethnic identities: Black (2.1 per cent), South Asian (2 per cent), Chinese (1.7 per cent), Filipino (1.4 per cent)

Education: (highest level obtained, population 25-64 years old)
Less than high school: 12.9 per cent
High school diploma: 25.8 per cent
Apprenticeship/trade certificate: 9.7 per cent
College: 20.7 per cent
University with or without degree: 30.9 per cent

Unemployment rate: 4.4
Top 5 industries: business services, health care, retail, education, manufacturing

Drives self to work or was a passenger in car/truck: 78.1 per cent
Bikes or walks to work: 8.3 per cent
Takes public transit: 13 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:

Shelly Glover, Conservative Party of Canada

Shelly Glover photo

Career: Elected MP for Saint Boniface in 2008 and served as parliamentary secretary for official languages, Indian and northern affairs and federal interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, as well as finance. Was a member of the Winnipeg Police Service for almost 19 years in a variety of positions including undercover work, child abuse investigations, youth crime and gang investigations, and general patrol

Education: Anglophone who participated in the very first French immersion program west of Ontario and graduated with a high level of proficiency in the French language. Attended the University of Winnipeg to study justice and law enforcement until I began my employment with the Winnipeg Police Service.

Where did you grow up? Windsor Park with my parents and 4 siblings.

Where do you live now? My husband Bruce and I live with my youngest daughter Randy-Sue in our home in Royal Wood. We have raised 5 children together.

Hobbies/volunteer work: Worked with a number of non-profit organizations such as: Big Sisters, Pregnancy Distress, Habitat for Humanity Women Build, the Business and Professional Women's Association, the University Women's Club of Winnipeg, the International Association of Women Police, the Francophone Chamber of Commerce, the Manitoba Metis Federation, Conseil Elzear Goulet and the Beausejour New Arena Planning Committee. I am an avid sports fan who coached youth soccer for approximately 14 years. I used to play soccer frequently and sponsored a first ever Métis women's soccer team.

Top issue in the riding (and your position on it): The top issues in my riding are the economy and crime. I want to protect victims and hold criminals accountable. We need to make it easier for all police officers to keep our communities safe.

Favourite book and why: Anne Rice's Taltos


Patrice Miniely, New Democratic Party

Patrice Miniely photo

Career: Third-year law student, constituency assistant to MLA Kerri Irvin-Ross

Education: B.A. Hons. (University of Winnipeg)

Where did you grow up? Edmonton, Portage la Prairie and Winnipeg

Where do you live now? Winnipeg

Hobbies/Volunteer: Activism, cross-country skiing, hiking, live music

Top issue in the riding (and your position on it): Appropriate support for seniors. We need to make a full range of affordable, language appropriate services available to seniors. This includes better homecare, long-term care, pharmacare and affordable housing.

Favourite book and why: I would say Fall on Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald. It was just a really great read. I find many Canadian authors' work resonates with me in a way not all authors do.


Marc Payette, Green Party of Canada

Marc Payette photo

Career: Union representative

Education: Bachelor of Arts, University of Manitoba, Major: History, Minor: Mathematics. Communication Engineering Technology Diploma (Honours), Red River College

Where did you grow up? Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes and Saint Boniface, Manitoba

Where do you live now? Saint Boniface

Hobbies/volunteer work: Canoeing in the boreal forest, president of the Champlain Community Centre

Top issue in the riding (and your position on it): Health care. In addition to investing in public healthcare, we need to ensure that we have clear air, water and healthy food in order to maintain our health and avoid the need to access health care

Favourite book and why: Paddle to the Amazon by Don Starkell. It's a facinating adventure by a local paddling legend. I couldn't put it down.


Raymond Simard, Liberal Party of Canada

Raymond Simard photo

Career: Consultant and businessman

Education: BA (Collège St. Boniface), BComm Honours (U of M)

Where did you grow up? Ste. Anne, moved to Winnipeg after high school graduation.

Where do you live now? Saint Boniface for the past 35 years.

Hobbies/volunteer work: Reading, motorbike, travel. Serve on boards of directors for non-profit health-related groups and survivors of residential schools.

Top issue in the riding (and your position on it): Family issues from child care availability, to support for students and seniors. It's important to invest in people. My position is that the future of our economy is enhanced when Canadians can get the child care and education they require to contribute. At the same time, better support for seniors through the Family Care Program and an increase to the Guaranteed Income Supplement will relieve some of the pressure on our health system and honour citizens who have built our communities.

Favourite book and why: Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. Although it is fiction the story has just enough history, politics and architecture to satisfy me given my career choices.


Twitter: @RaymondSimard

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