Swan River (electoral district)
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Swan River is a provincial electoral division in the Canadian province of Manitoba. It was created in 1903, in what was then the northwestern corner of the province. Manitoba's borders expanded significantly in 1912, and Swan River is now located in the centre of the province, close to its western border with Saskatchewan. The division has seen several redistributions.
The riding is bordered to the north by The Pas, to the south by Dauphin-Roblin, to the east by Lake Winnipeg and to the west by the province of Saskatchewan. Lake Winnipegosis runs through the riding.
The riding's population in 1996 was 19,639. In 1999, the average family income was $35,209, and the unemployment rate was 10.70%. Twenty-eight per cent of the riding's residents are listed as low income, and over 25% of the population has less than a Grade Nine education (the third-highest rate in the province).
Thirty-six per cent of the riding's residents are aboriginal, and 10% are Ukrainian. Agriculture accounts for 22% of Swan River's economy, followed by the health and service sector at 12%.
Swan River's political identity has undergone a significant change in recent years. It was represented by the Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba continuously for all but one term from 1932 to 1988, and was generally regarded as safe for the party during this period. Since then, however, it has been dominated by the New Democratic Party of Manitoba (NDP). The current MLA is Rosann Wowchuk, who was re-elected with over 60% of the vote in 2003.
List of provincial representatives
This riding has elected the following MLAs:
|10th||1910–1914||Daniel D. McDonald||Liberal|
|16th||1932–1936||George Renouf||Progressive Conservative|
|22nd||1958–1959||Albert Corbett||Progressive Conservative|
|24th||1962–1966||James Bilton||Progressive Conservative|
|28th||1977–1981||Douglas Gourlay||Progressive Conservative|
|30th||1986–1988||Len Harapiak||New Democratic Party|
|31st||1988–1990||Parker Burrell||Progressive Conservative|
|32nd||1990–1993||Rosann Wowchuk||New Democratic Party|
|37th||2011–present||Ron Kostyshyn||New Democratic Party|
|Manitoba general election, 2011|
|New Democrat||Ron Kostyshyn||4,280||55.82||-2.36||$34,323.01|
|Progressive Conservative||Dave Powell||3,078||40.14||+2.63||$21,167.11|
|Total valid votes||7,622|
|Rejected and declined ballots||46|
|Electors on the lists||12,853|
|Manitoba general election, 2007|
|New Democrat||Rosann Wowchuk||4,522||58.18||unavailable|
|Progressive Conservative||Maxine Plesiuk||2,915||37.51||unavailable|
|Total valid votes||7,743||99.63|
|Rejected and declined ballots||29|
|Electors on the lists||11,919|
Swan River 2003:
- (x)Rosann Wowchuk (NDP) 4701
- Jason Shaw (PC) 2223
- Russell McKay (L) 538
|Manitoba general election, 1999|
|New Democrat||Rosann Wowchuk||4,931||54.84||$28,531.00|
|Progressive Conservative||Maxine Plesiuk||3,482||38.72||$28,983.00|
|Total valid votes||8,971||99.77|
|Rejected and declined ballots||21|
|Electors on the lists||12,676|