Winnipeg North Centre

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Winnipeg North Centre was a federal electoral district in Manitoba, Canada, that was represented by a Member of Parliament (MP) in the Canadian House of Commons from 1925 to 2004. It is a largely working class riding in Winnipeg and has traditionally had a large Jewish and immigrant population.

The riding was created in 1924 and was first used for the 1925 federal election when it elected J.S. Woodsworth of the Independent Labour Party as its first MP. Woodsworth had previously represented Winnipeg Centre since the 1921 election. In 1932, Woodsworth became the leader of the newly created Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF), and he held the seat for the party through the 1935 election and 1940 elections until his death in 1942.

A by-election held that year was won by Stanley Knowles of the CCF. Knowles held the seat until the 1958 election that returned a landslide for John George Diefenbaker's Progressive Conservative Party of Canada and elected Tory John MacLean in Winnipeg North Centre.

Out of parliament, Knowles went to work for the Canadian Labour Congress, and played a leading role in creating the alliance between the CLC and the CCF that led to the creation of the New Democratic Party (NDP) in 1961. Knowles won Winnipeg North Centre for the NDP in the 1962 election, and held the riding until his retirement in 1984.

In the 1984 election, the riding stayed in NDP hands with the election of Cyril Keeper. The NDP lost the riding in the 1988 election, however, when David Walker of the Liberal Party of Canada took the seat. Walker was re-elected in the 1993 election.

In the 1997 election, the NDP retook the riding (which since had its name changed to Winnipeg Centre) with Pat Martin becoming the MP. Martin retained the seat in the 2000 election.

The electoral district was abolished in 2003 when it was redistributed between Winnipeg North, Winnipeg Centre and Kildonan—St. Paul ridings.

Martin was re-elected to Parliament in Winnipeg Centre riding in the 2004 election.

This riding elected the following Members of Parliament:

Parliament Years Member Party
15th 1925–1926     J. S. Woodsworth Independent Labour
16th 1926–1930
17th 1930–1932
1932–1935     Co-operative Commonwealth
18th 1935–1940
19th 1940–1942
1942–1945     Stanley Knowles Co-operative Commonwealth
20th 1945–1949
21st 1949–1953
22nd 1953–1957
23rd 1957–1958
24th 1958–1962     John MacLean Progressive Conservative
25th 1962–1963     Stanley Knowles New Democratic
26th 1963–1965
27th 1965–1968
28th 1968–1971
29th 1972–1974
30th 1974–1979
31st 1979–1980
32nd 1980–1984
33rd 1984–1988     Cyril Keeper New Democratic
34th 1988–1993     David Walker Liberal
35th 1993–1997
36th 1997–2000     Judy Wasylycia-Leis New Democratic
37th 2000–2004

Election results[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2000
Party Candidate Votes
New Democratic Judy WASYLYCIA-LEIS 14,356
Liberal RICHARD, Mary 6,755
Progressive Conservative TRONIAK, Myron 2,950
Communist RANKIN, Darrell 525
Canadian federal election, 1997
Party Candidate Votes
New Democratic WASYLYCIA-LEIS, Judy 13,663
Liberal SILVER, Judy 7,801
Reform WIENS, Mike 3,678
Progressive Conservative LARKIN, Marni 1,742
Natural Law INNES, Elizabeth 169
Marxist–Leninist SEGAL, Sharon 128
Canadian federal election, 1993
Party Candidate Votes
Liberal WALKER, David 13,308
New Democratic HEMPHILL, Maureen 8,506
Reform SMITH, Reg 2,171
Progressive Conservative ZEGALSKI, Leslie 1,219
National DOMINE, Gene 852
Natural Law SHELTON, Deborah 171
Independent PLEWAK, James 113
Canada Party BESSON, Cliff 89
Canadian federal election, 1988
Party Candidate Votes
Liberal WALKER, David 12,104
New Democratic KEEPER, Cyril 10,580
Progressive Conservative TAYLOR, Paul 5,334
Reform ATAMANCHUK, Dennis 417
Libertarian TALARICO, John R. 409
Independent HAWRYLUK, William 242
Communist ROBSON, Lorne 179
Not affiliated MICHALCHUK, Glen 97
Canadian federal election, 1984
Party Candidate Votes
New Democratic KEEPER, Cyril 10,559
Progressive Conservative DU, Joe 6,470
Liberal BUETI, Frank 5,144
Independent MCDONALD, Monty A. 484
Independent HOGAN, Don 234
Canadian federal election, 1980
Party Candidate Votes
New Democratic KNOWLES, Stanley 12,637
Liberal DAVIS, A.G.J. Harold 5,176
Progressive Conservative KERR, Joe 4,113
Communist FLETCHER, Paula 176
Marxist–Leninist SINGH, Manjit 69
Canadian federal election, 1979
Party Candidate Votes
New Democratic KNOWLES, Stanley 15,121
Liberal JOHNSON, Frank 5,428
Progressive Conservative KERR, Joe 5,408
Communist FLETCHER, Paula 182
Marxist–Leninist FRAIN, Marnie 97
Canadian federal election, 1974
Party Candidate Votes
New Democratic KNOWLES, Stanley H. 12,023
Progressive Conservative CROCKETT, Frank W. 8,521
Liberal SWEATMAN, Alan Travers 5,883
Social Credit STOROZUK, Ed 225
Communist KARDASH, Mary 198
Not affiliated SMITH, Murry 79
Marxist–Leninist WALDMAN, Aili C. 67
Canadian federal election, 1972
Party Candidate Votes
New Democratic KNOWLES, Stanley H. 13,263
Progressive Conservative CROCKETT, Frank W. 7,050
Liberal TURNER, Norman Frederick 6,984
Social Credit HAWRYLUK, Don 440
Not affiliated CURRIE, Don 186
Not affiliated CARLSON, Barry John 134
Canadian federal election, 1968
Party Candidate Votes
New Democratic KNOWLES, Stanley H. 14,880
Liberal AXWORTHY, Lloyd 11,323
Progressive Conservative KERR, Joe 4,124
Canadian federal election, 1965
Party Candidate Votes
New Democratic KNOWLES, Stanley H. 14,056
Progressive Conservative WOCKS, M.M. general 6,085
Liberal CHOLAKIS, Leo 5,384
Canadian federal election, 1963
Party Candidate Votes
New Democratic KNOWLES, Stanley H. 13,619
Progressive Conservative HARTMAN, Erna 7,814
Liberal KRAWCHUK, Barry E. 7,077
Social Credit WILLMS, Val. Paul 1,026
Canadian federal election, 1962
Party Candidate Votes
New Democratic KNOWLES, Stanley H. 12,797
Progressive Conservative MACLEAN, John 9,231
Liberal KRAWCHUK, Barry Eugene 5,443
Social Credit WEBSTER, David C. 864
Communist CURRIE, Don 649
Canadian federal election, 1958
Party Candidate Votes
Progressive Conservative MACLEAN, John 14,911
Co-operative Commonwealth KNOWLES, Stanley H. 13,536
Liberal BLAINE, Thomas R. 3,552
Canadian federal election, 1957
Party Candidate Votes
Co-operative Commonwealth KNOWLES, Stanley H. 15,229
Progressive Conservative MACLEAN, John 5,821
Liberal STUBBS, Harold St. George 4,813
Social Credit MANKEY, Gideon D. 1,880
Canadian federal election, 1953
Party Candidate Votes
Co-operative Commonwealth KNOWLES, Stanley H. 12,713
Liberal TARASKA, Peter 7,535
Progressive Conservative LEE, Charles D. 1,760
Labor–Progressive ROSS, William Cecil 1,606
Canadian federal election, 1949
Party Candidate Votes
Co-operative Commonwealth KNOWLES, Stanley H. 15,389
Liberal MOLLOY, William A. 9,010
Progressive Conservative PATTINSON, Richard R. 3,434
Independent JUBA, Stephen 694
Canadian federal election, 1945
Party Candidate Votes
Co-operative Commonwealth KNOWLES, Stanley H. 15,971
Liberal GRAHAM, David M. 5,728
Progressive Conservative LONG, Mark J. 4,711
Labor–Progressive MCNEIL, John 1,283
Social Credit DODDS, Gordon C. 1,077

By-election: On Mr. Woodsworth's death, 21 March 1942

By-election on 30 November 1942
Party Candidate Votes
Co-operative Commonwealth KNOWLES, Stanley H. 11,639
Liberal JOHANNESSON, Konrad 4,718
Unknown RICE, Cyril E. 220
Canadian federal election, 1940
Party Candidate Votes
Co-operative Commonwealth WOODSWORTH, James Shaver 11,324
Liberal MCDONNELL, Ambrose Roy 11,199
National Government STEFANSSON, Bjorn 5,412
Canadian federal election, 1935
Party Candidate Votes
Co-operative Commonwealth WOODSWORTH, James Shaver 10,052
Liberal HERMANSON, H.P. Albert 6,025
Conservative PATTINSON, Richard Randolph 4,657
Reconstruction KILSHAW, Thomas William 2,490
Social Credit HUFFMAN, Charles Wesley 1,035
Canadian federal election, 1930
Party Candidate Votes
Labour WOODSWORTH, James Shaver 8,265
Independent Conservative GARGAN, Thomas 2,028
Communist FORKIN, Martin Joseph 492
Canadian federal election, 1926
Party Candidate Votes
Labour WOODSWORTH, James Shaver 7,221
Conservative BANFIELD, Jose Alexander 4,220
Canadian federal election, 1925
Party Candidate Votes
Labour WOODSWORTH, James Shaver 4,794
Conservative BRAID, Joseph Edwin 3,578
Liberal LOWERY, Edward Wesley 1,689

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