Kewatinook

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For the similarly named territory formerly controlled by the Hudson's Bay Company, see Rupert's Land.
Kewatinook
Manitoba electoral district
Kewatinook2011.jpg
Provincial electoral district
Legislature Legislative Assembly of Manitoba
MLA
 
 
 
Judy Klassen
Liberal
District created 1916
First contested 1916
Last contested 2016

Kewatinook is a provincial electoral division in the Canadian province of Manitoba. The riding existed previously under the name Rupertsland. Starting with the 2011 election, the riding was renamed Kewatinook which means "from the north” in Cree.

It was created in 1916 from territories that were added to the province four years earlier, and has existed continuously since that time. Originally named Rupertsland, its name was changed as part of the 2008 riding redistribution by the Manitoba Boundaries Commission. Kewatinook is currently the largest riding in the province, a sprawling northern constituency which occupies a large portion of the eastern half of Manitoba. It was a smaller constituency until 1989, when it gained a significant amount of territory from the former riding of Churchill.

The current Kewatinook riding stretches from the Ontario border in the southeast to the Nunavut border in the north; it is also bordered by Lac Du Bonnet to the south and Flin Flon, The Pas and Thompson to the west. Churchill, Manitoba is the most significant community in this wide region.

Elections in Kewatinook before 1966 were usually deferred until a later date than the rest of the province, due to the increased time it took to run elections in the region.

Kewatinook's population in 2006 was 15,560.[1] In 1999, the average family income was $33,787 (the fourth-lowest in Manitoba), and the unemployment rate was 25%. Over 34% of the riding's population have less than a Grade 9 education, the highest such rate in the province. Government services account for 21% of the riding's industry, followed by education services at 17%.

Eighty-seven per cent of Kewatinook's residents are aboriginal, the highest percentage in the province. Over half the population list Cree as their mother tongue. In 1999, there was only a 1% immigrant population.

Prior to the 2016 election, The New Democratic Party represented the riding since 1969. The current MLA is Judy Klassen of the Liberal Party. Klassen defeated longtime MLA Eric Robinson to take the seat.

List of provincial representatives[edit]

Name Party Took Office Left Office
John Morrison Independent 1916 1920
Lib 1920 1922
Francis Black Prog 1922 1927
Herbert Beresford Independent Progressive 1927 1932
Ewan McPherson Lib-Prog 1932 1936
Michael Rojeski Lib/Non-Coalition 1936 1941
Daniel Hamilton Lib-Prog 1941 1953
Roy Brown Lib-Prog 1953 1958
Joseph Jeannotte PC 1958 1969
Jean Allard NDP 1969 1972
Independent 1972 1973
Harvey Bostrom NDP 1973 1981
Elijah Harper NDP 1981 1992
Eric Robinson NDP 1993 2016
Judy Klassen Lib 2016 present

Electoral results[edit]

2016 Manitoba general election[edit]

Manitoba general election, 2016
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Judy Klassen 1,565 49.73 +48.37
New Democratic Eric Robinson 1,207 38.35 –18.46
Progressive Conservative Edna Nabess 375 11.92 –26.70
Total valid votes 3,147 100.0  
Total rejected and declined ballots 135 4.11
Turnout 3,282 24.31
Eligible voters 13,500
Liberal gain from New Democratic Swing +33.42
Source: Elections Manitoba[2][3]

2011 Manitoba general election[edit]

Manitoba general election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
New Democratic Eric Robinson 2,043 56.81 −1.40
Progressive Conservative Michael Birch 1,389 38.62 +2.87
Green Philip Green 94 2.61
Liberal Orville Woodford 49 1.36 −4.26
Total valid votes 3,574 99.39
Rejected and declined ballots 22
Turnout 3,596 35.68
Electors on the lists 10,081
New Democratic hold Swing -

2007 Manitoba general election[edit]

Manitoba general election, 2007: Rupertsland
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
New Democratic Eric Robinson 2,092 58.21 $23,296.64
     Progressive Conservative David Harper 1,285 35.75 $8,233.12
Liberal Earl Fontaine 202 5.62 $3,911.36
Total valid votes 3,579 99.58
Rejected and declined ballots 15
Turnout 3,594 33.34
Electors on the lists 10,780
New Democratic hold Swing -

Source:Elections Manitoba[4]

2003 Manitoba general election[edit]

Manitoba general election, 2003: Rupertsland
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
New Democratic Eric Robinson 2203
Liberal Orville Woodford 162
Progressive Conservative Cory Phillips 152
New Democratic hold Swing -

1999 Manitoba general election[edit]

Manitoba general election, 1999: Rupertsland
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
New Democratic Eric Robinson 2,007 58.94 $25,058.00
Liberal Darcy Wood 708 20.79 $28,387.14
     Progressive Conservative Fred Harper 678 19.91 $31,774.52
Total valid votes 3,392 99.62
Rejected and declined ballots 12
Turnout 3,405 38.72
Electors on the lists 8,793

Previous boundaries[edit]

The 1998-2011 boundaries for Rupertsland highlighted in red

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kewatinook Electoral District". Boundaries Commission of Manitoba. Retrieved 2010-11-22. 
  2. ^ "Candidates: 41st General Election". Elections Manitoba. 29 March 2016. Retrieved 31 March 2016. 
  3. ^ "41st General Election Official Results" (PDF). Elections Manitoba. 2016. Retrieved 16 September 2016. 
  4. ^ http://www.electionsmanitoba.ca/en/Results/39_division_results/39_rupertsland_summary_results.html - 2007 results

Coordinates: 55°27′11″N 93°46′44″W / 55.453°N 93.779°W / 55.453; -93.779