Riel (electoral district)

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Riel
Manitoba electoral district
Riel2011.jpg
Provincial electoral district
Legislature Legislative Assembly of Manitoba
MLA
 
 
 
Rochelle Squires
Progressive Conservative
First contested 1969
Last contested 2016

Riel 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. The riding is located in the south-central region of the City of Winnipeg, and is named after Louis Riel, the leader of the 1870 Red River Rebellion.

Riel is bordered to the east by St. Vital, to the south by Seine River, to the north by St. Vital, and to the west by the ridings of Fort Richmond and Fort Garry-Riverview.

The riding's population in 1996 was 20,228. The riding's character is mostly middle-class and upper middle-class. In 1999, the average family income was $63,126, and the unemployment rate was 5.50%. Nine percent of the riding's residents are francophone.

The service industry accounts for 15% of Riel's economy, followed by health and social services at 12.5%.

Riel has usually been represented by candidates of the Progressive Conservative Party, although the New Democratic Party of Manitoba (NDP) have won the seat on three occasions. The current MLA is New Democrat Christine Melnick, who defeated her Progressive Conservative opponent by a margin of about 53% to 38% in 2003. Melnick won again in the 2007 Manitoba election winning with 60% of the vote.

List of provincial representatives[edit]

Name Party Took Office Left Office
Donald Craik PC 1969 1981
Doreen Dodick NDP 1981 1986
Gerry Ducharme PC 1986 1995
David Newman PC 1995 1999
Linda Asper NDP 1999 2003
Christine Melnick NDP 2003 2016
Rochelle Squires PC 2016 present

Electoral results[edit]

Manitoba general election, 2016
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative Rochelle Squires 5,022 52.02
New Democratic Christine Melnick 2,973 30.09
Liberal Neil Johnston 1,632 17.00
Total valid votes 9,627 100.0  
Eligible voters 14,372
Source: Elections Manitoba[1]
Manitoba general election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
New Democratic Christine Melnick 5,352 54.69 −2.50
     Progressive Conservative Rochelle Squires 3,916 40.02 +9.33
Liberal Cheryl Gilarski 480 4.90 −7.09
Total valid votes 9,748
Rejected and declined votes 38
Turnout 9,786 64.14
Registered voters 15,257


Manitoba general election, 2007
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
New Democratic Christine Melnick 4,883 57.19 $23,004.50
     Progressive Conservative Trudy Turner 2,620 30.69 $34,539.37
Liberal Grant Woods 1024 11.99 $12,309.36
Total valid votes 8,538 100.00
Rejected and declined votes 51
Turnout 8,589 63.03
Registered voters 13,626

[2]

Manitoba general election, 2003
Party Candidate Votes %
New Democratic Christine Melnick 4,455 54.03
  Progressive Conservative Shirley Render 3,119 37.83
Liberal Kristopher Ade 671 8.14


Manitoba general election, 1999
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
New Democratic Linda Asper 4,883 46.68 $20,612.00
     Progressive Conservative David Newman 4,559 44.03 $27,412.91
Liberal Clayton Weselowski 820 7.92 $3,179.52
     Manitoba Party Mike Kubara 91 0.88 $3,179.52
Total valid votes 10,303 99.35
Rejected and declined votes 51
Turnout 10,354 76.08
Registered voters 13,610

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Previous boundaries[edit]

The 1999-2011 boundaries for Riel highlighted in red.

References[edit]

Coordinates: 49°49′37″N 97°07′23″W / 49.827°N 97.123°W / 49.827; -97.123