Russell (Manitoba electoral district)

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For Ontario electoral district with the same name, see Russell (Ontario electoral district).
The 1998-2011 boundaries for Russell highlighted in red

Russell was a provincial electoral division in the Canadian province of Manitoba. It was located in the southwestern section of the province.

Historical riding[edit]

The original Russell riding was created in 1886, shortly after the expansion of Manitoba's western boundaries. It existed until 1957, when it was combined with the riding of Birtle as Birtle-Russell. The riding was primarily agrarian, and elected candidates from various parties who supported agrarian interests.

List of provincial representatives[edit]

Name Party Took Office Left Office
Edward Leacock Cons 1886 1888
James Fisher Lib 1888 1889(?)
Independent/Opposition 1889(?) 1896
Cons 1896 1899
Henry Mullins Cons 1899 1903
W.J. Doig Lib 1903 1907
Angus Bonnycastle Cons 1907 1914
Donald C. McDonald Lib 1914 1915
William Wilson Lib 1915 1922
Isaac Griffiths Prog 1922 1932
Lib-Prog 1932 1941
William Wilson Lib-Prog 1941 1949
Rodney Clement Independent Lib-Prog 1949 1954(?)
Lib-Prog 1954(?) 1958

Modern riding[edit]

The riding of Birtle-Russell lasted from 1957 to 1979, and the subsequent riding of Roblin-Russell from 1979 to 1999. In 1999, the Roblin section of the riding was joined with Dauphin as Dauphin—Roblin, and a separate Russell riding was re-established. The riding was dissolved again in 2011.

The modern riding was bordered to the north by Dauphin—Roblin, to the east by Ste. Rose, to the south by Minnedosa and Arthur-Virden, and to the west by the province of Saskatchewan. The town of Russell was the main urban centre in this riding, which also included Birtle, Inglis, Angusville, Rossburn, Erickson, Oakburn, Shoal Lake and Hamiota. The Riding Mountain National Park and Asessippi Provincial Park were also located in Russell.

The riding's population in 1996 was 18,647. In 1999, the average family income was $39,999, and the unemployment rate was 6.10%. Russell remained primarily an agrarian riding, with agriculture accounting for 32% of its industry. Fourteen per cent of the riding's residents were aboriginal, and a further 13% were Ukrainian. The riding also had the second-highest percentage of senior citizens in Manitoba, at 21% of the total.

The last MLA was Len Derkach of the Progressive Conservative Party, who held the riding of Roblin-Russell from 1986 to 1999. The New Democratic Party made serious inroads in the riding before its dissolution.

Following the 2008 electoral redistribution, the riding was renamed Riding Mountain and expanded to include parts of the riding of Minnedosa. This change took effect for the 2011 election.

List of provincial representatives[edit]

Name Party Took Office Left Office
Len Derkach PC 1999 2011

Electoral results[edit]

Manitoba general election, 2007: Russell
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
     Progressive Conservative Len Derkach 4,141 58.32 $24,191.42
New Democratic Teri Nicholson 2,375 33.45 $16,949.28
Liberal Clarice Wilson 564 7.94 $10.92
Total valid votes 7,080 99.70
Rejected and declined ballots 21
Turnout 7,101 60.94
Electors on the lists 11,652


June 2003:[2]

Manitoba general election, 1999: Russell
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
     Progressive Conservative Len Derkach 4,397 52.75 $25,226.25
New Democratic Vince Lelond 3,802 45.61 $20,154.00
Total valid votes 8,199 98.00
Rejected and declined ballots 137
Turnout 8,336 65.25
Electors on the lists 12,776



Coordinates: 50°38′42″N 100°19′37″W / 50.645°N 100.327°W / 50.645; -100.327