Leanne Rowat

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Leanne Rowat is a politician in Manitoba, Canada. In 2003, she was elected to the Manitoba legislature as a Progressive Conservative.[1][2]

Prior to entering public life herself, Rowat was a constituency assistant to Progressive Conservative MLA Harold Gilleshammer, and worked as a community development officer in the Souris region. She also served on the Board of Directors of the South West Regional Health Authority,[1] and was a Public Relations Chair for the Manitoba Winter Games 2006 Bid Committee.

When Gilleshammer retired as MLA for Minnedosa in 2003, Rowat won the Progressive Conservative nomination to replace him.[1][3] The riding is mostly rural, and is located in the province's southwestern corner. In the 2003 election, the governing New Democratic Party made the riding its top rural target.[citation needed] Rowat defeated NDP candidate Harvey Paterson, but by a margin of only twelve votes (as confirmed on recount).[3] She has served as opposition critics in several areas: Culture, Heritage & Tourism; Aboriginal & Northern Affairs; Multiculturalism; and Communities Economic Development Fund.[2] She is also a supporter of grandparents' rights.[4]

Rowat was re-elected in the 2007 provincial election.[3]

Electoral history[edit]

Manitoba general election, 2007: Minnedosa
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
     Progressive Conservative Leanne Rowat 3,790 52.79 +5.42 $22,692.31
New Democratic Harvey Paterson 2,769 38.57 −8.62 $16,563.22
Green James Beddome 281 3.91 +3.91 $1,661.53
Liberal Christopher Baker 268 3.73 −0.17 $340.29
     Independent Colin Atkins 72 1.00 −0.54 $1,218.45
Total valid votes 7,180 99.68
Rejected and declined votes 23
Turnout 7,203 58.92 +2.77
Electors on the lists 12,225

Manitoba general election, 2003: Minnedosa
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
     Progressive Conservative Leanne Rowat 3,259 47.37 $18,639.72
New Democratic Harvey Paterson 3,247 47.19 $17,900.63
Liberal Gordon L. Powell 268 3.90 $2,590.10
     Independent Colin Atkins 106 1.54 $824.57
Total valid votes 6,880 100.00
Rejected and declined votes 23
Turnout 6,903 56.15
Electors on the lists 12,293


  1. ^ a b c "Leanne Rowat MLA Minnedosa". www.leannerowat.com. Retrieved 2010-06-07. 
  2. ^ a b "Leanne Rowat". Progressive Conservative Manitoba. Retrieved 2010-06-07. 
  3. ^ a b c "Manitoba Votes 2007- Riding Profiles". CBC. Retrieved 2010-06-07. 
  4. ^ Squires, Rochelle (July 7, 2006). "MLA still pushing grandparents' rights bill". Cnews Canoe. Retrieved 2010-06-07. 

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