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On the southwestern outskirts of Winnipeg’s downtown, Fort Rouge includes the young, hipster Osborne Village and Corydon Village neighbourhoods, as well as the more family-oriented and middle-class areas of Fort Rouge, Crescentwood, Earl Grey and McMillan.
The riding is slightly younger than the provincial median, and a significant portion of the riding’s homes are rentals rather than owned.
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Although the median income is slightly above the provincial median, more than a quarter of residents still live below the poverty line.
It is one of three ridings with more than half its population over 15 classified as single and never married and also has one of the highest number of common-law couples.
Median age: 36.5
Immigrants: 16 per cent
Aboriginal population: 8.4 per cent
Living in poverty: 27.2 per cent
Median income: $25,553
Fort Rouge has generally voted NDP for the last three decades, although the Liberals did win it for one short term between 1988 and 1990.
It is a seat the Liberals desperately would like to win, and potential future Liberal leader Paul Hesse is trying his hand here again this time against incumbent NDP cabinet minister Jennifer Howard.
Hesse pulled off one of the Liberals best showings in the 2007 election, but still finished nearly 1,400 votes behind Howard.
The riding had one of the best voter turnouts in 2007 at more than 62 per cent.
Jennifer Howard, NDP 3,828
Paul Hesse, LIB 2,488
Christine Waddell, PC 1,202
Gerald Enns, GRN 511
Ron Nash, IND 92
Frank Komarniski, Communist 29
Turnout: 62.29 per cent
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