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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.
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
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.
Myrna Driedger, PC 4,469
Mel Willis, NDP 2,603
Michael Rosenberg, 1,111
Turnout: 59.42 per cent
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