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St. James

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A western Winnipeg riding, St. James includes the neighbourhoods around Polo Park, including part of Minto, as well as Birchwood, Bruce Park, Deer Lodge, King Edward and Kensington.

It is one of the oldest ridings in Winnipeg, with almost one in five people over the age of 65.

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Services, government and manufacturing account for more than half the jobs.

It is one of the better-educated ridings, with nearly 60 per cent of working-age adults having more than a high school diploma.

Although the median income is above the provincial median, nearly a quarter of kids under six years old live in poverty here.

 

Stats

Population: 20,925

Median age: 40.5

Immigrants: 12.9 per cent

Aboriginal population: 7.7 per cent

Living in poverty: 15.6 per cent

Median income: $27,288

 

Politics

St. James has been in existence in various forms since 1958 and has been held by all three major provincial parties since then. The NDP have been dominant here mostly in the last three decades however. The Liberals held it with Paul Edwards between 1988 and 1995. The last time the Tories won here was 1973.

Bonnie Korzeniowski, who has been the MLA since 1999, won by nearly 2,000 votes in 2007 but she is not running again in this election, leaving the riding without an incumbent. It has been marked as a target seat by the Tories and Liberals, making this a riding to watch.

 

2007 results

Bonnie Korzeniowski, NDP 4,231

Kristine McGhee, PC 2,344

Fred Morris, LIB 656

Mike Johannson GRN 340

Turnout: 59.20 per cent

 

 

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