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Located in the northwestern corner of the city of Winnipeg, The Maples is a pretty middle- and upper-middle class suburban riding taking in the communities of The Maples, Inkster Gardens, Meadows West and Amber Trails.
Its boundaries changed pretty significantly for this election, adding large parts of what used to be the Inkster riding.
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The Maples has the largest immigrant population of any riding with 36.6 per cent of all residents immigrating to Canada.
It also has the highest number of visible minorities at 43.1 per cent.
It has relatively large Filipino, East Indian and Chinese communities.
Poverty is relatively low, and more than half the population between 25 and 65 has more than a high school diploma.
Median age: 37.3
Immigrants: 36.6 per cent
Aboriginal population: 5.7 per cent
Living in poverty: 11.6 per cent
Median income: $26,278
The Maples became a riding just over 20 years ago. It was a Liberal riding for its first decade and has been NDP for the last decade.
The NDP held on here easily in 2007 despite some party infighting that saw then incumbent MLA Chris Aglugub defeated for the NDP nomination by Mohinder Saran.
The discord had other parties thinking they might step in for the win, but Saran won by more than 1,700 votes.
Mohinder Saran, NDP 3,617
Lou Fernandez, PC 1,895
Pritam Bar, LIB 928
Turnout: 55.05 per cent
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