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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.

 

Stats

Population: 20,895

Median age: 37.1

Immigrants: 20 per cent

Aboriginal population: 12.1 per cent

Living in poverty: 24 per cent

Median income: $24,632

 

Politics

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

 

2007 results

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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