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A geographically small riding on the northeast corner of Winnipeg, River East includes the neighbourhoods of River East and Springfield North.
It is a middle- and upper-middle class riding and one of the oldest in the province.
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About a quarter of residents don’t list English as their first language. More than one in 10 people are immigrants, with German and Ukrainian heritages the most common.
Median age: 43.6 per cent
Immigrants: 13.2 per cent
Aboriginal population: 7.4 per cent
Living in poverty: 9.3 per cent
Median income: $31,142
River East is one of four ridings the Tories held onto in Winnipeg in the last election but just barely. Bonnie Mitchelson, who has been the MLA here since 1986, won by just 52 votes. It was the closest the NDP have ever come to winning here. The riding has only been in existence since 1981 and Mitchelson has held it for all but the first four years. The Liberals held it before that. It had one of the highest turnouts of the 2007 election.
Bonnie Mitchelson, PC 4,361
Kurt Penner, NDP 4,309
Margaret vonLau, LIB 639
Turnout: 67.60 per cent
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