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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.

 

Stats

Population: 20,830

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

 

Politics

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.

 

2007 results

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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