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The smallest of the four northern Manitoba ridings by geography, Thompson is home to northern Manitoba’s largest centre - Thompson.

As such it is the wealthiest and most diverse of the northern ridings, though unemployment is still generally higher than the provincial average.

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Mining accounts for more than a sixth of the area’s economic activity.

 

Stats

Population: 18,910

Median age: 28

Immigrants: 4.2 per cent

Aboriginal population: 52.5 per cent

Living in poverty: 15.8 per cent

Median income: $24,899

 

Politics

Thompson is a long-held NDP riding. Its current MLA, Steve Ashton, has been the MLA since 1981 and is the longest serving MLA in the Manitoba Legislature at the moment.

Voter turnout, though higher than the other three northern ridings, is still among the lowest in the province.

 

2007 results

Steve Ashton, NDP 3,036

Kenny Brain LIB 656

Cory Phillips PC 416

Turnout: 39.81 per cent

 

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