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A riding in Winnipeg’s northeast area, Concordia includes the communities of East Elmwood, Talbot-Grey, Munroe East, and Valley Gardens.
It is a working-class riding with manufacturing jobs accounting for almost one in five jobs.
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It is one of the poorest ridings in Winnipeg. Although it has a median income slightly above the provincial median, almost a quarter of residents live below the poverty line, including 43 per cent of children under six.
Two in 10 residents were not born in Canada, however almost nine in 10 count English as their mother tongue.
Median age: 37.1
Immigrants: 20 per cent
Aboriginal population: 12.1 per cent
Living in poverty: 24 per cent
Median income: $24,632
The longtime riding of NDP Premier Gary Doer, Concordia has been in existence for 30 years and has always been represented by the NDP.
Doer held the riding for 25 years. Matt Wiebe took over after a byelection in 2010 after Doer resigned.
Turnout is generally very low in this riding, with less than half of registered voters casting a ballot in 2007 and less than a third bothering in the 2010 byelection.
2010 byelection results
Matt Wiebe, NDP 2,065
Brian Biebrich, PC 694
Judy Heppner, LIB 613
Ellen Young, GRN 134
Turnout: 31.23 per cent
Gary Doer, NDP 3,862
Ken Waddell, PC 1,209
Leslie Worthington, LIB 336
Andrew Basham, GRN 186
Turnout: 47.42 per cent
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