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A north Winnipeg riding starting north of the Weston railyards, Burrows includes some of the city’s toughest housing projects in its southern areas and some newish suburban housing on its northern end.
Communities here include Burrows, Mynarski, Shaughnessy Heights, Shaughnessy Park and the southernmost tip of The Maples. It also encompasses the Inkster Industrial Park.
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It is a relatively poor riding, with more than a quarter of residents living in poverty.
It has the fifth largest immigrant population in Manitoba, and the third biggest aboriginal population in the city of Winnipeg. Nearly one in five residents are aboriginal.
Median age: 36.1
Immigrants: 30.6 per cent
Aboriginal population: 18.1 per cent
Living in poverty: 27.6 per cent
Median income: $22,828
The riding has been almost exclusively NDP since it was created in 1958, except for a short stint by the Liberals between 1988 and 1990.
Doug Martindale has been the NDP MLA since 1990 and won with more than three times the number of votes as the second place finisher in 2007.
Martindale is not running again but the riding is still considered a relatively safe seat for the NDP.
Only half of registered voters cast a ballot here in 2007.
Doug Martindale, NDP 3,790
Rick Negrych, PC 1,005
Bernd Hohne, LIB 562
Turnout: 50.12 per cent
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