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This is a new riding created out of parts of Inkster, Wellington and Burrows. It is in the northwestern area of Winnipeg, including the neighbourhoods of Weston, Brooklands, Lord Selkirk, and Tyndall Park.
It has the fourth largest immigrant population and the second largest visible minority population.
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The area is relatively poor, with a median income slightly below the provincial median and almost a quarter of all residents living in poverty. More than two in five children under six live in poverty.
Less than half the population between 25 and 65 has more than a high school diploma.
Median age: 34.5
Immigrants: 31.3 per cent
Aboriginal population: 15.6 per cent
Living in poverty: 23.4 per cent
Median income: $22,265
This is an interesting riding politically for a number of reasons.
As a new riding it is hard to judge exactly how past results will affect it. Inkster, the riding from which Tyndall Park draws from the most, was one of only two ridings which voted Liberal in 2007.
However, the last MLA who served Inkster was Kevin Lamoureux, and his wins were as much about his personal popularity and connection to the community as the Liberal party.
As well, Lamoureux himself acknowledged many of the parts of Inkster which voted for him did not move to Tyndall Park but rather to Logan.
All that said, this is a seat the Liberals will want to keep but one the NDP could potentially steal. The NDP do not have a lot of room to add seats to their count so it’s a rare target for them.
Inkster had one of the best turnout rates in the province.
2007 results (Inkster)
Kevin Lamoureux, LIB 3,962
Romy Magsino, NDP 2,358
Roger Bennett, PC 543
Turnout: 61.43 per cent
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