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Brandon East is one of the two electoral divisions in Manitoba’s second-largest city. The riding, as its name implies, includes the eastern half of Brandon.

It has one of the higher poverty rates in the province, though its median income lies somewhere in the middle of the pack.

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Fewer than one in 10 residents are immigrants, and about one in eight are aboriginal.

It is slightly younger overall than the province as a whole.

Services and retail account for most of its economic activity.

 

Stats

Population: 20,735

Median age: 34.8

Immigrants: 6.0 per cent

Aboriginal population: 12.7 per cent

Living in poverty: 22.4 per cent

Median income: $22,919

 

Politics

The NDP have won this riding every election since it was created in 1969.

The results in 2007, however, saw the Conservatives make inroads and hold MLA Drew Caldwell to his smallest ever margin of victory.

The 2011 election will see a rematch between Caldwell and Tory Mike Waddell.

 

2007 results

Drew Caldwell NDP 3,760

Mike Waddell, PC 2,655

Cheryl Burke LIB 554

Turnout: 58.72 per cent

 

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