Selkirk—Interlake

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Selkirk—Interlake
Flag of Manitoba.svg Manitoba electoral district
Selkirk-Interlake.png
Selkirk—Interlake in relation to other Manitoba federal electoral districts
Federal electoral district
Legislature House of Commons
MP
 
 
 
James Bezan
Conservative
District created 1996
First contested 1997
Last contested 2011
District webpage profile, map
Demographics
Population (2011)[1] 93,272
Electors (2011) 66,937
Area (km²)[2] 35,168.34
Pop. density (per km²) 2.7
Census subdivisions Springfield, St. Andrews, St. Clements, Selkirk, Rockwood, Portage la Prairie, Gimli, Stonewall, Brokenhead, Woodlands

Selkirk—Interlake is a federal electoral district in Manitoba, Canada, that has been represented in the House of Commons of Canada from 1976 to 1987, and since 1997.

The riding was a battleground between the New Democratic Party and conservative parties that has become more and more conservative as the years passed, and is now a safe Conservative Party seat.

The riding is located generally between Lake Winnipeg and Lake Winnipegosis and includes the northern suburbs of Winnipeg, Manitoba and the town of Selkirk, Manitoba. In addition to Selkirk, the riding includes the communities of St. Andrews, St. Clements, Rockwood, Woodlands, Brokenhead, Stonewall and the R.M. of Bifrost

The electoral district was originally created in 1976 from the former districts of Portage, Selkirk and Winnipeg South Centre.

It was abolished in 1987 and divided into Selkirk, Portage—Interlake, Provencher, and Churchill ridings.

It was re-created in 1996 from Selkirk—Red River, Portage—Interlake, Provencher and Churchill.

Demographics[edit]

According to the Canada 2006 Census

Racial groups: 78.83% White, 20.12% Aboriginal
Languages: 84.11% English, 1.99% French, 13.70% Other
Religions (2001): 51.05% Protestant, 23.96% Catholic, 19.83% No religion, 3.13% Other Christian
Average income: $23,818

Riding associations[edit]

Riding associations are the local branches of the national political parties:

Party Association Name CEO HQ Address HQ City
     Christian Heritage Party of Canada Selkirk—Interlake Christian Heritage Party Electoral District Association Alexander Siepman PO BOX 17 GRP 354 RR3 Winnipeg
     Conservative Party of Canada Selkirk—Interlake Conservative Association Frank Woods P.O. Box 171 Sandy Hook
     Liberal Party of Canada Selkirk—Interlake Federal Liberal Association Robert E. Chamberlain P.O. Box 131 Arnes
     New Democratic Party Selkirk—Interlake Federal NDP Riding Association Sean Palsson P.O. Box 1359 Arborg

Members of Parliament[edit]

This riding has elected the following Members of Parliament:

Parliament Years Member Party
Portage, Selkirk and Winnipeg South Centre prior to 1976
31st 1979–1980     Terry Sargeant New Democratic
32nd 1980–1984
33rd 1984–1988     Felix Holtmann Progressive Conservative
Selkirk, Portage—Interlake, Provencher, and Churchill from 1987-1996
36th 1997–2000     Howard Hilstrom Reform
2000     Canadian Alliance
37th 2000–2003
2003–2004     Conservative
38th 2004–2006     James Bezan Conservative
39th 2006–2008
40th 2008–2011
41st 2011–present

Current Member of Parliament[edit]

Its Member of Parliament is James Bezan, a former rancher. He was first elected in 2004. He is a member of the Conservative Party of Canada. In the last parliamentary session he served as a member on the 'Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food'.

Election results[edit]

1997 – present[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ±pp Expenditures
Conservative James Bezan[3] 26,848 65.2 +4.6
New Democratic Sean Palsson 10,933 26.5 +1.8
Liberal Duncan Geisler 1,980 4.8 -3.5
Green Don Winstone 1,423 3.5 -2.0
Total valid votes/Expense limit 41,184 100.0  
Total rejected ballots 160 0.4 -0.1
Turnout 41,344 63.9 +6
Eligible voters 64,727
Canadian federal election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±pp Expenditures
Conservative James Bezan 23,312 60.6 +11.7 $75,718 [4]
New Democratic Pat Cordner 9,506 24.7 -12.3 $19,306
Liberal Kevin Walsh 3,203 8.3 -1.7 $8,815
Green Glenda Whiteman 2,126 5.5 +2.6 $32
Christian Heritage Jane MacDiarmid 295 0.8 +0.3 $424
Total valid votes/Expense limit 38,442 100.0   $99,730
Total rejected ballots 177 0.5 +0.2
Turnout 38,609 58 -9
Canadian federal election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ±pp Expenditures
Conservative James Bezan 21,661 49.0 +1.8 $86,024
New Democratic Edward Schreyer 16,358 37.0 +10.5 $56,920
Liberal Bruce Benson 4,436 10.0 -12.9 N/A
Green Thomas Goodman 1,283 2.9 +0.5 $1,640
Independent Duncan E. Geisler 277 0.6 $3,516
Christian Heritage Anthony Barendregt 204 0.5 -0.4 $5,043
Total valid votes 44,219 100.0  
Total rejected ballots 154 0.3 -0.1
Turnout 44,373 66.6 +7.2
     Conservative hold Swing -4
Canadian federal election, 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ±pp Expenditures
Conservative James Bezan 18,727 47.2 +2.5 $74,351
New Democratic Duane Nicol 10,516 26.5 +6.6 $41,939
Liberal Bruce Benson 9,059 22.9 -0.7 $55,220
Green Trevor Farley 982 2.5 $716
Christian Heritage Anthony Barendregt 353 0.9 +0.5 $10,799
Total valid votes 39,637 100.0  
Total rejected ballots 193 0.5 +0.2
Turnout 39,830 59.4 -7.2

Note: Conservative vote is compared to the total of the Canadian Alliance vote and Progressive Conservative vote in 2000 election.

Canadian federal election, 2000
Party Candidate Votes % ±pp Expenditures
Alliance Howard Hilstrom 17,856 43.8 +15.5 $42,070
Liberal Kathy Arnason 9,612 23.6 -4.5 $61,425
New Democratic Paul Pododworny 8,113 19.9 -7.9 $31,303
Progressive Conservative Tom Goodman 4,992 12.3 -2.6 $10,949
Independent Anthony Barendregt 178 0.4 $2,399
Total valid votes 40,751 100.0  
Total rejected ballots 104 0.3
Turnout 40,855 66.7 +1.2

Note: Canadian Alliance vote is compared to the Reform vote in 1997 election.

Canadian federal election, 1997
Party Candidate Votes % ±pp Expenditures
Reform Howard Hilstrom 10,937 28.3 $23,194
Liberal Jon Gerrard 10,871 28.1 $59,732
New Democratic Kathleen McCallum 10,749 27.8 $46,587
Progressive Conservative Reid Kelner 5,730 14.8 $32,267
Christian Heritage Paul Kalyniuk 363 0.9 $1,578
Total valid votes 38,650 100.0  
Total rejected ballots 258 0.7
Turnout 38,908 65.5

1979 – 1988[edit]

Canadian federal election, 1984
Party Candidate Votes % ±pp
Progressive Conservative Felix Holtmann 13,750 40.7 +4.7
New Democratic Terry Sargeant 13,088 38.7 -7.0
Liberal Ed Anderson 3,510 10.4 -7.7
Confederation of Regions Doug Stefanson 3,301 9.8
Libertarian Bob Quenett 163 0.5
Total valid votes 33,812 100.0
Canadian federal election, 1980
Party Candidate Votes % ±pp
New Democratic Terry Sargeant 15,055 45.7 +3.0
Progressive Conservative Jon Johnson 11,847 36.0 -4.8
Liberal Bill Shead 5,953 18.1 +1.5
Total valid votes 32,952 100.0
Canadian federal election, 1979
Party Candidate Votes %
New Democratic Terry Sargeant 14,225 42.7
Progressive Conservative Peter P. Masniuk 13,569 40.7
Liberal Bill Shead 5,522 16.6
Total valid votes 33,316 100.0

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Coordinates: 51°54′11″N 98°26′13″W / 51.903°N 98.437°W / 51.903; -98.437