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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.
Mining accounts for more than a sixth of the area’s economic activity.
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
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.
Steve Ashton, NDP 3,036
Kenny Brain LIB 656
Cory Phillips PC 416
Turnout: 39.81 per cent