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This is a very affluent riding taking up all of Winnipeg’s southwest corner, south of the Assiniboine River and west of McCreary Road and Laxdal Road to the city limits.

It includes the communities of Ridgewood, Elmhurst, Roblin Park, Westdale, and part of Varsity View.

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Charleswood has the fifth highest median income of any riding in the province. Despite that, nearly 15 per cent of children under six still live below the poverty line.

Services (accounting, insurance, etc.) and retail provide most of the industry.

Charleswood is older than the Manitoba median.

It has the third smallest aboriginal population of any Winnipeg riding.

Stats

Population: 20,125

Median age: 41.5

Immigrants: 11.3 per cent

Aboriginal population: 4.8 per cent

Living in poverty: 9.3 per cent

Median income: $33,297

 

Politics

This riding has only ever voted Conservative since it was created in 1969. It is one of four ridings the Tories have held onto in Winnipeg in recent years. Current MLA Myrna Driedger has represented Charleswood since 1998 and is one of the more well known members of the Tory caucus.

 

2007 results

Myrna Driedger, PC 4,469

Mel Willis, NDP 2,603

Michael Rosenberg, 1,111

Turnout: 59.42 per cent

 

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