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Wolseley (Manitoba electoral district)

The 2011+ boundaries for Wolseley highlighted in red.

Wolseley is a provincial electoral division in the Canadian province of Manitoba. It was created by redistribution in 1957, and has formally existed since the 1958 provincial election. The riding is located in the centre of the City of Winnipeg. It is named for Col. Garnet Joseph Wolseley, the nineteenth-century army officer who played a significant role in crushing the Red River Rebellion in 1870.

Wolseley is bordered to the east by Fort Rouge, to the south by River Heights, to the north by Minto, and to the west by St. James. The University of Winnipeg is located in the northeast corner of the riding. The Legislative Assembly of Manitoba is located at the meeting point of Wolseley and Fort Rouge.

The riding was predominantly Anglo-Saxon when it was first created; a news report from 1969 indicates that its population had become more diverse by that time.[1]

The riding's population in 1996 was 20,472. In 1999, the average family income was $37,794, and the unemployment rate was 16.30%. Half of the riding's residents are categorized as low-income, the second-highest rate in the province. Thirty per cent of families in the riding are single-parent.

The aboriginal population of Wolseley is 19% of the total. Five per cent of the riding's residents are Filipino.

Health and social services account for 13% of Wolseley's industry, with a further 12% in manufacturing.

Wolseley has undergone a number of dramatic political shifts since its creation. It was initially represented by Dufferin Roblin, a Red Tory who served as Premier of Manitoba from 1958 to 1967. He was succeeded by another Progressive Conservative, but in a 1972 by-election the riding was won by Izzy Asper, leader of the Manitoba Liberal Party and subsequently a prominent media baron in Canada. He retained the riding until his retirement in 1975.

The New Democratic Party of Manitoba (NDP) did not manage to win the seat until 1981. However, the riding has been in NDP hands for all but two years since then, and it is now considered safe for the party. In the provincial election of 2003, Green Party leader Markus Buchart ran in this riding and finished second with almost 20% of the vote.

Wolseley also holds the dubious distinction of having elected one of the few MLAs in Manitoba's history to be expelled from parliament: Robert Wilson, who was stripped of his seat in 1981 after being convicted of marijuana-related charges.

Contents

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

List of provincial representatives

Name Party Took Office Left Office
Dufferin Roblin PC 1958 1968
Leonard Claydon PC 1969 1971
Israel Asper Lib 1972 1975
Robert Wilson PC 1975 1980
Independent PC 1980 1980
Independent 1980 1981
Myrna Phillips NDP 1981 1988
Harold Taylor Lib 1988 1990
Jean Friesen NDP 1990 2003
Rob Altemeyer NDP 2003 present

Electoral results

Manitoba general election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
New Democratic Rob Altemeyer 4,229 60.72 −3.16
Green James Beddome 1,368 19.64 +7.57 $5635.36
     Progressive Conservative Harpreet Turka 850 12.20 +0.89
Liberal Eric Stewart 517 7.42 −4.02
Total valid votes 6,964 99.21
Rejected and declined votes 55 0.78
Turnout 7,019 55.60
Registered voters 12,624
Majority 2,861 25.68 41.08
Manitoba general election, 2007
Party Candidate Votes % Expenditures
New Democratic Rob Altemeyer 4,038 63.88 $21,917.13
Green Ardythe Basham 763 12.07 $1,096.00
Liberal Raven Thundersky 723 11.44
     Progressive Conservative Gustav Nelson 715 11.31 $3,946.16
Communist David Tymoshchuk 82 1.30 $373.87
Total valid votes 6,321 100.00
Rejected and declined votes 53
Turnout 6,374 55.28
Registered voters 11,531
Manitoba general election, 2003
Party Candidate Votes % Expenditures
New Democratic Rob Altemeyer 3,482 56.90 $20,948.83
Green Markus Buchart 1,193 19.49 $5,307.87
Liberal Val Mollison 766 12.52 $4,591.54
     Progressive Conservative Ashley Burner 679 11.09 $1,006.54
Total valid votes 6,120 100.00
Rejected and declined votes 77
Turnout 6,197 53.14
Registered voters 11,662
Manitoba general election, 1999
Party Candidate Votes % Expenditures
New Democratic Jean Friesen 5,282 69.15 $16,153.00
     Progressive Conservative Carol Roberts 1,685 22.06 $13,845.42
Green Phyllis Abbé 356 4.66 $4,591.54
Communist David Allison 133 1.74 $0.00
Total valid votes 7,456 100.00
Rejected and declined votes 182
Turnout 7,638 53.14
Registered voters 11,464
[2]
Manitoba general election, 1966
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
     Progressive Conservative Dufferin Roblin 3,132 48.88
Liberal Julius Koteles 1,780 27.78
New Democratic Cecil Wood 1,495 23.33
Total valid votes 6,407 100.00
Rejected and discarded votes 45
Turnout 6,452 55.52
Electors on the lists 11,621

Previous boundaries

The 1999-2011 boundaries for Wolseley highlighted in red

References

  1. ^ Winnipeg Free Press, 13 February 1969, p. 15.
  2. ^ http://www.electionsmanitoba.ca/apps/results/37gen/pbp.asp?ED=57 - 1999 Results

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