La Verendrye (electoral district)

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La Verendrye
Manitoba electoral district
LaVerendrye2011.jpg
Provincial electoral district
Legislature Legislative Assembly of Manitoba
MLA
 
 
 
Dennis Smook
Progressive Conservative
District created 1879
First contested 1879
Last contested 2016

La Verendrye is a provincial electoral division in the Canadian province of Manitoba. It was created by redistribution in 1879, and has existed since that time.

La Verendrye is located southeastern region of Manitoba. It is bordered to the west by Dawson Trail, Emerson, Steinbach, and St. Paul, to the north by Lac Du Bonnet, and to the east by the province of Ontario.

Communities in the riding include Falcon Lake, Gardenton, Grunthal, Hadashville, Piney, Pointe du Bois, Sprague, Stuartburn, Sundown, and West Hawk Lake. The Whiteshell Provincial Park and Sandilands Provincial Forest are also in the riding.

The riding's population in 1996 was 19,558. In 1999, the average family income was $49,308, and the unemployment rate was 5.90%. Manufacturing accounts for 12% of the riding's industry, followed by the service sector at 11%.

La Verendrye has the second-highest francophone population in Manitoba (after St. Boniface), at 23% of the total population. Nine per cent of the riding's residents are German, and 7% are aboriginal.

La Verendrye was a hotly contested riding between the Liberals and Conservatives in its earliest years. After 1922, it became dominated by the Progressives, who later became the Liberal-Progressives before metamorphosising into the Liberals again. It remained with the Liberals even as the party dwindled to third-party status in the 1960s. The Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba seized the riding in 1973 and held it for the next three decades, during which time it was usually fairly safe for the Tories.

In the 1999 election, Ron Lemieux became the first New Democrat to be elected for the constituency. He was re-elected in the 2003 election with almost 60% of the popular vote. The boundary changes of 2008 greatly changed the borders of the riding, which contributed to the decisive victory of PC candidate Dennis Smook in the 2011 election. Ron Lemieux was personally re-elected to the newly created riding of Dawson Trail.

List of provincial representatives[edit]

Name Party Took Office Left Office
Maxime Goulet Government/Conservative 1879 1882
Louis Prud'homme Cons 1882 1883
Maxime Goulet Independent Conservative 1883 1884
Louis Prud'homme Cons 1884 1885
James Prendergast Conservative-Liberal 1885 1888
Lib 1888 1888
William Lagimodiere Lib 1888 1892
Theophile Pare Cons 1892 1899
William Lagimodiere Lib 1899 1907
Jean Lauzon Cons 1907 1910
William Molloy Lib 1910 1914
Jean Lauzon Cons 1914 1915
Philippe Talbot Lib, later Independent 1915 1920
Independent 1920 1922
Prog 1922 1932
Lib-Prog 1932 1936
Sauveur Marcoux Lib-Prog 1936 1951
Edmond Brodeur Lib-Prog 1952 1958
Stan Roberts Lib-Prog 1958 1961
Lib 1961 1962
Albert Vielfaure Lib 1962 1969
Leonard Barkman Lib 1969 1973
Robert Banman PC 1973 1986
Helmut Pankratz PC 1986 1990
Ben Sveinson PC 1990 1999
Ron Lemieux NDP 1999 2011
Dennis Smook PC 2011

Electoral results[edit]

Manitoba general election, 2016
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative Dennis Smook 5,253 71.22
Green Janine Gibson 723 9.08
New Democratic Echo Asher 704 9.05
Liberal Bill Paulishyn 695 9.04
Total valid votes 7,375 100.0  
Eligible voters 12,767
Source: Elections Manitoba[1]
Manitoba general election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
     Progressive Conservative Dennis Smook 4,480 63.75
New Democratic Maurice Tallaire 1,823 25.94
Liberal Monica Guetre 373 5.31
Green Janine Gibson 351 5.00


Manitoba general election, 2007
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
New Democratic Ron Lemieux 4,018 51.12 −6.95 $34,191.10
     Progressive Conservative Bob Stefaniuk 2,973 37.82 +3.26 $27,029.65
Liberal Roland Chaput 490 6.23 −1.13 $1,028.66
     Independent Jay Murray 379 4.82 +4.82 $2,616.77
Total valid votes 7,834 99.67
Rejected and declined votes 26
Turnout 7,860 60.07 +7.53
Electors on the lists 13,129

[2]

Manitoba general election, 2003
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
New Democratic Ron Lemieux 3,881 57.82 +17.30 23,896.26
     Progressive Conservative Gerard Simark 2,310 34.42 −4.87 16,342.17
Liberal Paula Ryplanski Marsch 492 7.33 −9.68 980.01
Total valid votes 6,683 99.58
Rejected and declined votes 29
Turnout 6,712 52.54 −15.91
Electors on the lists 12,775

[3]

Manitoba general election, 1999
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
New Democratic Ron Lemieux 3,553 41.02 $25,839.00
     Progressive Conservative Ben Sveinson 3,367 39.09 $27,578.30
Liberal Léon Morrissette 1,465 17.01 $16,544.56
     Manitoba Party Bonnie Fedak 211 2.45 $1,880.50
Total valid votes 8,576
Rejected and declined votes 37
Turnout 8,613 68.45
Electors on the lists 12,582

[4]


Manitoba general election, 1969: La Verendrye
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Leonard Barkman 1,933 52.17
     Progressive Conservative John Blatz 1,051 28.46
New Democratic Elmer Reimer 721 19.46
Total valid votes 3,705 100.00
Rejected and discarded votes 29
Turnout 3,734 50.64
Electors on the lists 7,369

Previous boundaries[edit]

Boundaries of La Verendrye in 1997, highlighted in red.

References[edit]

Coordinates: 49°31′30″N 95°48′00″W / 49.525°N 95.800°W / 49.525; -95.800