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The most northerly riding of this region, Swan River runs between the Saskatchewan border and Lake Winnipeg north of Dauphin and encompasses most of Lake Winnipegosis.
It includes the communities of Swan River, Duck River, Crane River, Camperville and Grand Rapids.
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It is an interesting mix of rural agricultural communities and aboriginal communities.
Agriculture accounts for More than one third of the residents are aboriginal, one quarter are First Nations, the fifth highest proportion of any riding in the province.
Almost one in five residents lives under the poverty line.
It has one of the lowest high school graduation rates.
Median age: 37.6
Immigrants: 2.7 per cent
Aboriginal population: 41.5 per cent
Living in poverty: 19.4 per cent
Median income: $16,765
Until 1986 Swan River was all Tory. Since 1990 it’s been all NDP. (It was split between the two between 1986 and 1990).
Finance Minister Rosann Wowchuk, who has been the MLA for the past 21 years isn’t running again leaving the seat wide open.
It is one of the biggest rural targets for the Conservatives and one the NDP are said to be most concerned about.
It had one of the highest turnouts of any riding in the region in 2007, far higher than the provincial average.
Rosann Wowchuk, 4,522
Maxine Plesiuk, PC 2,915
Niomi Spence-Pranteau, LIB 306
Turnout: 65.21 per cent
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