August 30, 2015

Winnipeg South Centre

Winnipeg South Centre

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Current MP: Anita Neville, Liberal
Population: 78,290
Population eligible to vote (Canadian citizens over age 18): 59,790

Nominated candidates:

Joyce Bateman, Conservative
Lyndon B. Froese, Independent
Matt Henderson, Independent
Dennis Lewycky, NDP
Joshua McNeil, Green
Anita Neville, Liberal

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Electoral history:

In Manitoba, Winnipeg South Centre is the only thing close to a Liberal safe seat. At least it was. Liberal MP Anita Neville has held the seat since 2000 but her margin of victory has been eroding as the Conservatives make repeated plays to unseat her.

The riding is one of the province's wealthiest and has the highest number of adults from 25 to 65 years old with a university education, yet nearly one in five kids still lives in poverty. Its industries lean towards the white collar in business services, health care and education. It has almost no aboriginal population to speak of and a quite small number of immigrants and visible minorities.

Previous election results

Anita Neville LIB 16,438 votes 42.3 per cent
Trevor Kennerd CON 14,103 votes 36.3 per cent
Rachel Heinrichs NDP 5,490 votes 14.1 per cent
Vere Scott GRN 2,860 votes 7.4 per cent
Turnout 65.7 per cent


Median age: 39.9
Percentage under 18: 17.5
Percentage over 65: 17.4

Marital status:
Single/never married: 37.9 per cent
Legally married: 42.1 per cent
Separated/divorced: 12 per cent
Widowed: 7.8 per cent

Single parent families: 17.4 per cent

Median household income pre-tax: $70,318
Percentage living in poverty: 18 per cent
Percentage of kids under 18 living in poverty: 19.1 per cent

Single detached homes: 49.9 per cent
Semi-detached/rowhouses: 3.8 per cent
Low-rise apartment units: 22.3 per cent
High-rise apartment units: 21.8 per cent
Other: 2.3 per cent

Owned homes: 60 per cent
Average value of owned home: $191,919
Average number of rooms in home: 6
Homes built pre-1986: 91.9 per cent
Homes needing major repairs: 9.7 per cent

Speaks English: 87.5 per cent
Speaks French: 2.2 per cent
Can speak both English and French: 12 per cent

Canadian citizens: 95 per cent
Total immigrants (who ever immigrated to Canada): 15.4 per cent
Immigrated within previous five years: 3.1 per cent

Aboriginal identity:
First Nations: 2 per cent
Métis: 3.9 per cent

Visible minorities: 10.2 per cent
Major ethnic identities: Black (2 per cent), Chinese (1.7 per cent), South Asian (1.6 per cent), Southeast Asian (1.6 per cent)

Education: (highest level obtained, population 25-64 years old)
Less than high school: 8.9 per cent
High school diploma: 19.8 per cent
Apprenticeship/trade certificate: 7.1 per cent
College: 16.9 per cent
University with or without degree: 47.3 per cent

Unemployment rate: 4.5 per cent
Top 5 industries: business services, health care/social services, education, retail, finance/real estate

Drives self to work or was a passenger in car/truck: 72.5 per cent
Bikes or walks to work: 10.8 per cent
Takes public transit: 15.8 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:

Joyce Bateman, Conservative Party of Canada

Joyce Bateman photo

Career: Chartered accountant, most recently as the executive director of the Manitoba Federal Council. Prior to that, I managed a number of federal-provincial agreements and served on the management committee for the Canada-Manitoba Partnership Agreement on Flood Protection in the Red River Valley and the Canada-Manitoba Infrastructure Agreement.

• Chartered Accountant Designation, University of Manitoba
• Honours BA in Business Administration, University of Western Ontario
• Grade 12, University of Winnipeg Collegiate Division

Where did you grow up? Right in the heart of Winnipeg South Centre

Where do you live now? Right in the heart of Winnipeg South Centre

Hobbies/volunteer work: I have always loved to volunteer at my childrens' schools. And the best hobby for me is a chamber music group in the community playing viola either in a quartet or chamber orchestra.

Top issue in the riding (and your position on it): There is a very real understanding in this riding that the world economic situation is still fragile and that now is the right time to get our fiscal house in order. I am in total agreement with this assessment that I am hearing at the doorstep. I am also hearing that this is a riding that is keen to have a voice in government.

Favourite book and why: Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen, for its timelessness and delightful sense of humour.


Lyndon B. Froese, Independent

Lyndon B. Froese photo

Career: Life experimenter

Education: Learning every day

Where did you grow up? Springstein, Manitoba: A tiny town where my friends and I could create our own reality.

Where do you live now? Winnipeg, a city with big dreams, heart, soul and an abundance of talent.

Hobbies/volunteer work: Publishing an online magazine (, challenging the status quo, unconventional travel

Top issue in the riding (and your position on it): Neighbours do not know each other. The House Party of Canada encourages you to make time to get to know your neighbours. It's a cheap security system and makes for more interesting communities.

Favourite book and why: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Tom shows us that people can decide that they value the experience of white washing a fence so much that they are willing to pay for the privilege. He made negative into positive. This is similar to how Calvin Klein can charge $150 for a ripped pair of jeans. Tom's dreamy idealism and Huck Finn's zest for adventure are traits to aspire to.


Twitter: @housepartyca OR @MisterLBF

Matt Henderson, Independent

Matt Henderson photo

Career: I am currently teaching senior school social studies at St. John's-Ravenscourt School.

Education: B.A. from the U of W, a B.ed from U of M and I am currently in the M.ed. program at U of M. I went to Kelvin and River Heights junior high.

Where did you grow up? River Heights, but spent my twenties in Osborne Village.

Where do you live now? Wildwood

Hobbies/volunteer work: I enjoy music, water polo, any activity involving skis, and hanging with my family.

Top issue in the riding (and your position on it): I believe the most pressing issue facing South Centre and Canada is the notion of sustainability. This is beyond the environment - this has to deal with what kind of life we want to maintain. Do we want a system where some have lots and many have very little? Do we want a system where the most vulnerable are often incarcerated? Do we want a system where indigenous people are not afforded basic human rights? I think we, as a community, need to start having a conversation about what we need to do in order that everyone has enough, forever. I believe the riding needs to demonstrate leadership in establishing an equitable and diverse society.

Favourite book and why: Three Day Road (Boyden) or Pedagogy of the Oppressed (Friere). Both deal with themes that are true to my heart: education and colonialism.


Twitter: mhenderson2011

Joshua McNeil, Green Party of Canada

Joshua McNeil photo

Career: I'm currently working at Starbucks and enjoy the atmosphere! I'm also a casual employee of DASCH Inc.

Education: I'm currently taking a single semester hiatus from university and now making the election my priority.

Where did you grow up? I grew up on the east coast, a few years in New Brunswick and a few more in Nova Scotia before ultimately moving to Manitoba.

Where do you live now? I currently live in South Osborne.

Hobbies/volunteer work: Avid guitar player, poetry writer/performer, and I help people whenever asked if feasible.

Top issue in the riding (and your position on it): Activating youth participation in the democratic process, rapid transit and better all-around service.

Favourite book and why: Godel, Escher, Bach by Douglas Hofstatder. I enjoy his analysis and synthesis of the human condition using music, logic, math and philosophy to explain consciousness.


Twitter: @JoshuaMcNeil

Anita Neville, Liberal Party of Canada

Anita Neville photo

Career: MP since 2000, former school trustee in the Winnipeg School Division, worked for the provincial government as an economic development consultant and as director of WORKFORCE 2000, a provincial skills training program and director of the Winnipeg Core Area Initiative Employment and Training Program.

Education: Brock Corydon School, River Heights Junior High School, Kelvin High School, University of Manitoba.

Where did you grow up? On Waterloo Street in River Heights

Where do you live now: River Heights.

Hobbies/volunteer work: Past member of several community boards and I participate in special community events. Not much time for hobbies, but I am an avid reader.

Top issue in the riding (and your position on it): Health, health care and health care supports. I will fight for universal, publicly funded healthcare, a Family Care plan that helps us care for loved ones, and better coverage for prescription drugs.

Favourite book and why: The Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence. A fictional but poignant memoir of a life lived.


Twitter: @anitaneville

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