The 2011+ boundaries for Fort Whyte highlighted in red.
Fort Whyte is a provincial electoral division in the Canadian province of Manitoba. It was created in 1999, after the provincial electoral boundaries commission determined that southwestern Winnipeg had experienced enough population growth to deserve an extra seat. Fort Whyte was created from territory formerly belonging to Fort Garry and St. Norbert.
The constituency's population in 1996 was 19,396. The average family income in 1999 was $78,422, the second-highest in the province. The unemployment rate is 4.00%, and only 4% of the population is above 65 years of age. Almost 30% of the population have university degrees, once again the second highest rating in the province. Health and social services account for 13% of Fort Whyte's industry, with a further 12% in educational services.
Fort Whyte is an ethnically diverse constituency, with an immigrant population of 21%. Eight per cent of the riding's residents are Chinese, 5% are German and 4% are East Indian.
On December 13, 2005, a by-election was held to fill Loewen's seat. The winner was Hugh McFadyen, a fellow Tory. A few months later, McFadyen became leader of the provincial Tories. McFadyen was easily re-elected in the 2007 provincial election, but was one of only four PC MLAs returned from Winnipeg. After the Tories were again defeated in 2011, McFadyen announced he would retire from politics as soon as a successor was chosen. Former provincial MLA and federal MP Brian Pallister was elected his successor, and easily won Fort Whyte in the ensuing by-election.