Fort Garry (electoral district)

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Fort Garry is a provincial electoral division in the Canadian province of Manitoba that existed from 1958 to 2011 and was re-created in 2019. It was first created by redistribution in 1957 from parts of Iberville, Assiniboia and St. Boniface, and formally existed beginning with the 1958 provincial election. The riding is in the south-central and southwestern region of the city of Winnipeg. It is named for the historical Fort Garry which was occupied by supporters of Louis Riel during the Red River Rebellion of 1870.

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Fort Garry was bordered to the east by Riel and St. Vital (across the Red River of the North), to the south by St. Norbert, to the north by Lord Roberts, and to the west by Fort Whyte. It was a mostly middle-class residential area, with some small businesses. It contained the University of Manitoba's main campus until electoral redistribution in 2008 took effect at the 2011 Manitoba general election, placing the campus in the new district of Fort Richmond.

The riding's population in 1996 was 20,383. In 1999, the average family income was $50,720, and the unemployment rate was 6.40% (though, conversely, it may be noted that 26% of the riding's residents are listed as low-income). Over 16% of Fort Garry's residents were immigrants, with 5% listing German as their ethnic origin. Almost 23% of the riding's residents have a university degree.

The service sector accounted for 17% of Fort Garry's industry, with a further 12% each in the retail trade and educational services.

Historically, Fort Garry was a safe seat for the Progressive Conservatives, who represented the riding from 1958 to 1988 and again from 1990 to 2003. Future Premier Sterling Lyon was Fort Garry's first member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA). In the provincial election of 1999, however, the NDP came within only 30 votes of winning the riding. They made it their primary target in the 2003 election, and won it for the first time in their history.

Fort Garry's last MLA before dissolution was Kerri Irvin-Ross of the NDP, who was re-elected in the 2007 provincial election with 53% of the vote.

Following the 2008 electoral boundary redistribution, Fort Garry was largely divided between the new ridings of Fort Garry-Riverview and Fort Richmond, with a portion going to St. Norbert.

Following the 2018 redistribution, the riding was re-created from Fort Garry-Riverview, Fort Rouge, River Heights, and Fort Richmond. Fort Garry was contested in the 2019 provincial election. It is bordered by Fort Rouge and River Heights to the north; Fort Rouge, Riel, and St. Vital to the east, the latter two across the Red River; Fort Richmond and Waverley to the south; and Fort Whyte to the west. [1]

List of provincial representatives

NamePartyTook OfficeLeft Office
Sterling Lyon PC 19581969
Bud Sherman PC 19691984
Charles Birt PC 19841988
Laurie Evans Lib 19881990
Rosemary Vodrey PC 19901999
Joy Smith PC 19992003
Kerri Irvin-Ross NDP 20032011
Riding abolished
Mark Wasyliw NDP 2019

Electoral results

2019 Manitoba general election
PartyCandidateVotes%±%Expenditures
New Democratic Mark Wasyliw 3,99442.35+6.5$23,569.90
Progressive Conservative Nancy Cooke2,99831.79-5.9$29,491.08
Liberal Craig Larkins1,71618.20+4.7$5,839.65
Green Kevin Nichols7227.66-4.8$15.08
Total valid votes9,430100.0  
Total rejected ballots
Turnout63.8
Eligible voters
New Democratic notional gain from Progressive Conservative Swing +6.2
2016 provincial election redistributed results [2]
Party%
  Progressive Conservative 37.7
  New Democratic 35.9
  Liberal 13.5
  Green 12.5
 Others0.4
2007 Manitoba general election
PartyCandidateVotes%±%Expenditures
New Democratic Kerri Irvin-Ross 4,29152.60+5.62$28,543.84
Progressive Conservative Shaun McCaffrey2,10125.75−20.05$16,517.08
Liberal Craig Hildahl1,50018.39+11.49$14,094.14
Green Alon Weinberg2663.26+3.25$55.55
Total valid votes8,158100.00
Rejected and declined votes36
Turnout8,19466.06+2.57
Electors on the lists12,404

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2003 Manitoba general election
PartyCandidateVotes%±%Expenditures
New Democratic Kerri Irvin-Ross 3,85246.75+3.29$21,049.74
Progressive Conservative Joy Smith 3,76545.69+1.93$29,935.35
Liberal Taran Malik5626.82−4.45$13,984.00
Independent Didz Zuzens610.74+0.74$395.34
Total valid votes8,24099.34
Rejected and declined votes55
Turnout8,29563.49−11.60
Electors on the lists13,066
1999 Manitoba general election
PartyCandidateVotes%±%Expenditures
Progressive Conservative Joy Smith 4,43643.76$28,543.84
New Democratic Lawrie Cherniack4,40643.46$29,325.00
Liberal Ted Gilson1,14311.27$9,808.98
Manitoba Denise Van Rooyen1161.14$1,032.59
Total valid votes10,10199.64
Rejected and declined votes37
Turnout10,13875.09
Electors on the lists13,502
1995 Manitoba general election
PartyCandidateVotes%±%Expenditures
Progressive Conservative Rosemary Vodrey 5,95948.29+1.22$32,899.54
Liberal Jim Woodman 4,43435.93−0.88$34,086.38
New Democratic Brock Holowachuk1,85715.05+1.22$1,399.00
Libertarian Alexander Pressey910.74$124.74
Total valid votes12,341 100.00
Rejected ballots53
Turnout12,394 71.16 −1.80
Registered voters17,418
1990 Manitoba general election
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Progressive Conservative Rosemary Vodrey 5,10547.07+7.27
Liberal Laurie Evans 3,99236.81-9.77
New Democratic Shirley Lord1,50013.83+1.88
Western Independence Jan Mandseth2492.30+0.98
Total valid votes10,846 100.00
Rejected ballots17
Turnout10,863 72.96
Registered voters14,890
Progressive Conservative gain from Liberal Swing +8.52
1988 Manitoba general election
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Liberal Laurie Evans 6,05546.58+26.68
Progressive Conservative Charlie Birt 5,17339.80-8.65
New Democratic Brian Pannell1,55311.95-17.78
Western Independence Ivan Merritt1721.32-0.60
Communist Millie Lamb450.35n/a
Total valid votes12,998100.00
Rejected ballots12
Turnout13,01178.22
Eligible voters16,634
Liberal gain from Progressive Conservative Swing +17.67
Source: Elections Manitoba [4]
1984 Fort Garry By- election
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Progressive Conservative Charles Birt 3,56144.59-11.12
Liberal Sharon Carstairs 1,99324.96+15.64
New Democratic Shirley Lord1,21115.16-17.99
Progressive Sidney Green 1,03512.96+11.14
Western Independence Fred Cameron1862.33

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References

  1. Elections Manitoba electoral map of Winnipeg
  2. Marcoux, Jacques (2019-08-27). "New Manitoba election boundaries give upper hand to Progressive Conservatives, CBC News analysis finds". CBC. Retrieved 2019-09-14.
  3. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-03-21. Retrieved 2010-11-23.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. "Candidates: 34th General Election" (PDF). Elections Manitoba. April 26, 1988. Retrieved 2 October 2018.

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