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A central Winnipeg riding taking in the Wolseley neighbourhood, West Broadway, Armstrong Point and parts of downtown, the riding mixes both low income pockets with more affluent sections.

More than half the residents here have incomes under $20,000 and two in five people live in poverty. Almost two-thirds of children under six live under the poverty line.

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At the same time it is a relatively well educated riding with nearly 60 per cent of 25 to 65 year olds having more than a high school diploma.

It is much younger as a whole than Manitoba, and has the largest population of single people of any riding in the province.

It is one of just three ridings with more than half the population over 15 reporting to have never been married.

It has the highest number of common-law couples in Winnipeg and the fifth highest in the province.

 

Stats

Population: 20,905

Median age: 34.3

Immigrants: 18.4 per cent

Aboriginal population: 17.0 per cent

Living in poverty: 39.8 per cent

Median income: $19,381

 

Politics

Although this riding was initially a Tory seat – and the riding won by former Manitoba premier Duff Roblin for his first 10 years as an MLA. It was also the riding won by Izzy Asper when he was briefly a provincial Liberal MLA (1972 to 1975). However since 1990 it has been all NDP and is now generally considered a safe seat for that party. Current MLA Rob Altemeyer won here by more than 3,200 votes in 2007, one of the biggest margins of victory for all NDP candidates. It is also the only riding where the Green Party finished second – albeit a distant second.

 

2007 results

Rob Altemeyer, NDP 4,038

Ardythe Basham GRN 763

Raven Thundersky LIB 723

Gus Nelson, PC 715

David Tymoshchuk, Communist 82

Turnout: 55.28 per cent

 

 

 

 

 

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