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The 2011- boundaries for Kewatinook highlighted in red

Kewatinook is a provincial electoral division in the Canadian province of Manitoba. Starting with the 2011 election, the riding was renamed Kewatinook which means "from the north” in Cree.

It was created in 1916 from territories that were added to the province four years earlier, and has existed continuously since that time. It was originally named Rupertsland but its name was changed as part of the 2008 riding redistribution by the Manitoba Boundaries Commission that happens every few years.

Kewatinook is currently the largest riding in the province, a sprawling northern constituency which occupies most of the eastern half of Manitoba. It was a smaller constituency until 1989, when it gained a significant amount of territory from the former riding of Churchill.

The current Kewatinook riding stretches from the Ontario border in the southeast to the Nunavut border in the north; it is also bordered by Lac Du Bonnet to the south and Flin Flon, The Pas and Thompson to the west. Churchill, Manitoba is the most significant community in this wide region.

For logistical reasons, elections in Kewatinook before 1966 were usually deferred until a later date than the rest of the province.

Kewatinook's population in 2006 was 15,560.[1] In 1999, the average family income was $33,787 (the fourth-lowest in Manitoba), and the unemployment rate was 25%. Over 34% of the riding's population have less than a Grade 9 education, the highest such rate in the province. Government services account for 21% of the riding's industry, followed by education services at 17%.

Eighty-seven per cent of Kewatinook's residents are aboriginal, the highest percentage in the province. Over half the population list Cree as their mother tongue. In 1999, there was only a 1% immigrant population.

The New Democratic Party has represented this riding since 1969, and it is considered extremely safe for the party. The current MLA is Eric Robinson, who was re-elected in 2003 with over 86% of the vote—the highest percentage in the province.


  • List of provincial representatives 1
  • Electoral results 2
  • Previous boundaries 3
  • References 4

List of provincial representatives

Name Party Took Office Left Office
John Morrison Independent 1916 1920
Lib 1920 1922
Francis Black Prog 1922 1927
Herbert Beresford Independent Progressive 1927 1932
Ewan McPherson Lib-Prog 1932 1936
Michael Rojeski Lib/Non-Coalition 1936 1941
Daniel Hamilton Lib-Prog 1941 1953
Roy Brown Lib-Prog 1953 1958
Joseph Jeannotte PC 1958 1969
Jean Allard NDP 1969 1972
Independent 1972 1973
Harvey Bostrom NDP 1973 1981
Elijah Harper NDP 1981 1992
Eric Robinson NDP 1993 present

Electoral results

Manitoba general election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
New Democratic Eric Robinson 2,043 56.81 −1.40
Progressive Conservative Michael Birch 1,389 38.62 +2.87
Green Philip Green 94 2.61
Liberal Orville Woodford 49 1.36 −4.26
Total valid votes 3,574
Rejected and declined ballots 22
Turnout 3,596 35.68
Electors on the lists 10,081
Manitoba general election, 2007: Rupertsland
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
New Democratic Eric Robinson 2,092 58.21 $23,296.64
     Progressive Conservative David Harper 1,285 35.75 $8,233.12
Liberal Earl Fontaine 202 5.62 $3,911.36
Total valid votes 3,579 99.58
Rejected and declined ballots 15
Turnout 3,594 33.34
Electors on the lists 10,780
Manitoba general election, 1999: Rupertsland
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
New Democratic Eric Robinson 2,007 58.94 $25,058.00
Liberal Darcy Wood 708 20.79 $28,387.14
     Progressive Conservative Fred Harper 678 19.91 $31,774.52
Total valid votes 3,392 99.62
Rejected and declined ballots 12
Turnout 3,405 38.72
Electors on the lists 8,793

Previous boundaries

The 1998-2011 boundaries for Rupertsland highlighted in red


  1. ^ "Kewatinook Electoral District". Boundaries Commission of Manitoba. Retrieved 2010-11-22. 
  2. ^ - 2007 results

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