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Rossmere is a northeast Winnipeg riding including the neighbourhood it is named after as well as East Kildonan and Springfield South.
It is a working- and middle-class riding with manufacturing the most prevalent economic driver.
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The riding is older than the provincial median. One in five residents are immigrants. About one in six children under age six live in poverty.
Median age: 42.2
Immigrants: 20.1 per cent
Aboriginal population: 5.6 per cent
Living in poverty: 15.3 per cent
Median income: $26,390
Rossmere is a bona fide swing riding, moving back and forth between the Tories and NDP since it was created in 1969. It has had some well known MLAs in its history, starting with NDP premier Ed Schreyer for the first decade of its existence. Current federal MP and Public Safety Minister Vic Toews was the MLA here for one term between 1995 and 1999. The NDP have held it since then. In 2007, the NDP’s Erna Braun won with more than 60 per cent of the vote.
Erna Braun, NDP 4,836
Cathy Cox, PC 2,608
Isaiah Oyeleru LIB 522
Turnout: 61.70 per cent
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