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Kildonan (Manitoba electoral district)

The 1999-present boundaries for Kildonan highlighted in red.

Kildonan is a provincial electoral division in the Canadian province of Manitoba. The boundaries for the riding maintained their location through the 2008 redistribution.


  • Kildonan riding (1870–1899) 1
  • Kildonan and St. Andrews riding (1920–1927) 2
  • Kildonan riding (1958-present) 3
  • Members of the Legislative Assembly 4
    • Kildonan riding (1870–1899) 4.1
    • Kildonan and St. Andrews riding (1920–1927) 4.2
    • Kildonan-Transcona riding (1949–1958) 4.3
    • Kildonan riding (1961-present) 4.4
  • Electoral results 5
  • References 6

Kildonan riding (1870–1899)

The original Kildonan riding was created at the time of the province's establishment in 1870. It was dominated by Manitoba's "old settler" population (i.e., English-speaking families who had lived in the Red River Settlement for many years before the province's creation). There was a large "mixed blood" aboriginal population in the riding, and many of its residents were also of Scottish or partly Scottish ancestry. From 1886 to 1888, the riding was incorporated into "Kildonan and St. Paul" riding.

Kildonan was a hotly contested riding between the Conservatives and Liberals following the establishment of party government in 1888. In 1899, it was dissolved into the riding of "Kildonan and St. Andrews".

Kildonan and St. Andrews riding (1920–1927)

From 1920 to 1927, the Kildonan and St. Andrews riding was represented by Labour Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) Charles Tanner. Otherwise, it continued to return Liberals and Conservatives until being merged into "Kildonan-Transcona" in 1949. After that time, it was generally considered a safe riding for the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation.

Kildonan riding (1958-present)

A riding with the name Kildonan was reestablished in 1957, and formally came into being in the provincial election of 1958. It was located in the northeastern part of the current City of Winnipeg, The Kildonan riding that existed from the 1958 election up to the election of 1981 was located in the East Kildonan area on the east side of the Red River. The present riding of Kildonan existing since 1981 in northwest Winnipeg has completely different boundaries from the old Kildonan riding as this new Kildonan riding was carved out of the old Seven Oaks riding on the west side of the Red River

Kildonan is bordered on the east by River East and Rossmere, to the south by St. Johns and Burrows, to the north by Gimli, and to the west by The Maples.

The seat is generally regarded as safe for the New Democratic Party. The Progressive Conservatives won the former Kildonan on the (east side of the Red River) in 1962 (by 4 votes in the 1962 election) and the Liberals won the Kildonan riding on the (west side of the Red River) in 1988. In both cases, the NDP recaptured the seat after a single term.

Kildonan's current MLA is David Chomiak, a prominent cabinet minister in the government of Gary Doer. In the provincial election of 2003, he was re-elected to the riding with over 70% of the total vote. He was re-elected again in the provincial election of 2007 with over 60% of the vote.

The riding's population in 1996 was 19,522. In 1999, the average family income was $54381, and the unemployment rate was 6.80%. Almost 18% of the population is above 65 years of age.

Kildonan has a large immigrant population (23% of the total population in 1999), and is ethnically diverse. Ukrainians make up 14% of the riding's population; a further 11% are Jewish, 7% are Polish and 3% are Italian.

Kildonan's residents are primarily middle and upper-income. Manufacturing accounts of 16% of industry in the riding, with a further 15% in the service sector.

Members of the Legislative Assembly

Kildonan riding (1870–1899)

  • (+) From 1886 to 1888, the riding was incorporated into Kildonan and St. Paul.
Name Party Took Office Left Office
John Sutherland Opposition/Canadian Party 1870 1874
vacant 1874 1875
John Sutherland Opposition 1875 1878
Alexander Sutherland Opposition 1878 1879
Government/Liberal-Conservative 1879 1884
John MacBeth(+) Government/Conservative 1884 1888
John Norquay Conservative 1888 1889
Thomas Norquay Conservative 1890 1892
John James Bird Liberal 1892 1896
Hector Sutherland Conservative 1896 1899

Kildonan and St. Andrews riding (1920–1927)

Name Party Took Office Left Office
Orton Grain Liberal-Conservative 1899 1903
M.J. O'Donahoe Liberal 1903 1907
Orton Grain Conservative 1907 1913
Walter Montague Conservative 1913 1915
George Prout Liberal 1915 1920
Charles Tanner Dominion Labour 1920 1920
Independent Labour Party 1920 1927
James McLenaghen Conservative/Progressive Conservative 1927 1949

Kildonan-Transcona riding (1949–1958)

Name Party Took Office Left Office
George Olive Co-operative Commonwealth 1949 1953
Russell Paulley Co-operative Commonwealth 1953 1958

Kildonan riding (1961-present)

Name Party Took Office Left Office
A.J. Reid Co-operative Commonwealth 1958 1961
New Democrat 1961 1962
James Mills Progressive Conservative 1962 1966
Peter Fox New Democrat 1966 1981
Mary Beth DolinNew Kildonan Riding- completely different boundaries New Democrat 1981 1985
Marty Dolin New Democrat 1985 1988
Gulzar Singh Cheema Liberal 1988 1990
David Chomiak New Democrat 1990 present

Electoral results

Manitoba general election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
New Democratic Dave Chomiak 4,808 59.52 -1.83
     Progressive Conservative Darrell Penner 2,880 35.65 +6.76
Liberal Dimitrius Sagriotis 391 4.83 -1.95
Total valid votes 8,122
Rejected and declined votes 43
Turnout 54.97
Electors on the lists 14,775
Manitoba general election, 2007
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
New Democratic Dave Chomiak 5,012 61.35 −8.75 $18,009.09
     Progressive Conservative Brent Olynyk 2,360 28.89 +13.83 $25,656.74
Liberal Wade Parke 554 6.78 −6.12 $2,234.11
Green Nathan Zahn 203 2.49 +0.57 $0.00
Total valid votes 8,132 99.55
Rejected and declined votes 37
Turnout 8,169 58.57 +5.26
Electors on the lists 13,947
Manitoba general election, 2003
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
New Democratic Dave Chomiak 5,123 70.13 +7.81 $13,829.93
     Progressive Conservative Garreth McDonald 1,100 15.06 −10.91 $687.20
Liberal Michael Lazar 942 12.90 +1.74 $4,417.81
Green Frank Luschak 140 1.92 +1.92 $106.76
Total valid votes 7,305 99.37
Rejected and declined votes 46
Turnout 7,351 53.31 −17.50
Electors on the lists 13,788
Manitoba general election, 1999
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
New Democratic Dave Chomiak 6,101 62.32 $16,574.00
     Progressive Conservative Shannon Martin 2,542 25.97 $14,834.13
Liberal Michael Lazar 1,093 11.16 $7,835.59
Total valid votes 9,736 99.45
Rejected and declined votes 54
Turnout 9,790 70.81
Electors on the lists 13,825


  1. ^ - 2007 results
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