Thompson (electoral district)

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The 2011- boundaries for Thompson highlighted in red

Thompson is a provincial electoral division in the Canadian province of Manitoba. It was created by redistribution in 1968, and has formally existed since the provincial election of 1969.

Thompson is located in the north of the province. It is bordered by Rupertsland to the north and east, Flin Flon to the north and west, and The Pas to the south. The city of Thompson was incorporated shortly before the riding's creation, and is its only major urban centre. Almost half of the riding's residents live in that community.

The riding's population in 1996 was 19,349. In 1999, the average family income was $56,402, and the unemployment rate was 12.60%. The riding's character is primarily working-class, with 17% of its economy coming from the mining sector.

Forty-two per cent of the riding's residents are aboriginal, the third highest rate in the province.

Thompson is considered safe for the New Democratic Party, which has represented the riding almost continually since its creation. The current MLA, Steve Ashton, is the longest-serving member of the Manitoba legislature, having been first elected in 1981. In 2003, he was re-elected with almost 83% of the popular vote.

List of provincial representatives[edit]

Name Party Took Office Left Office
Joseph Borowski NDP 1969 1972
Independent NDP 1972 1973
Ken Dillen NDP 1973 1977
Ken MacMaster PC 1977 1981
Steve Ashton NDP 1981 present

Electoral results[edit]

Manitoba general election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
     New Democrat Steve Ashton 2,586 68.20 -5.24 $11,696.80
     Progressive Conservative Anita Campbell 1,068 28.16 +18.10 $16,809.87
Liberal Ken Dillen 120 3.16 -12.73 $462.91
Total valid votes 3,774
Rejected and declined votes 18
Turnout 3,792 36.72 -3.09
Registered voters 10,328


Manitoba general election, 2007
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
     New Democrat Steve Ashton 3,036 73.44 $9,356.43
Liberal Kenny Braun 651 15.89 $7,377.03
     Progressive Conservative Cory Phillips 416 10.06 $688.99
Total valid votes 4,108 99.37
Rejected and declined votes 26
Turnout 4,134 39.81
Registered voters 10,384

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June 2003:[2]


Manitoba general election, 1999
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
     New Democrat Steve Ashton 3,793 70.58 $7,846.00
     Progressive Conservative Cecil Thorne 1,306 24.03 $20,487.52
Liberal Pascal Bighetty 244 4.54 $2,661.92
Total valid votes 5,343 100.00
Rejected and declined votes 31
Turnout 5,374 57.48
Registered voters 9,879

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Previous boundaries[edit]

The 1998-2011 boundaries for Thompson highlighted in red

References[edit]

Coordinates: 55°35′24″N 97°58′34″W / 55.590°N 97.976°W / 55.590; -97.976