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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.
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
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.
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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