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DISTRICT: Charleswood-St.James-Assiniboia
CandidatePartyVote CountVote ShareElected
Steven FletcherCON2079146.98% X
John LoewenLIB1609936.37%
Dennis KshykNDP566912.81%
Mike JohannsonGRN17003.84%
December 14, 2:04:38 PM EST 176 of 176 polls reporting


215 Charleswood-St. James-Assiniboia

2006 Candidates:
CON:Steven Fletcher (Incumbent)
GRN:Michael Johannson
LIB:John Loewen
NDP:Dennis Kshyk


 Riding Map
This riding in central Manitoba consists of the regional municipality of Headingley in the west, and the western part of the city of Winnipeg.

Winnipeg airport is in the northeast corner. The rest of the eastern boundary is Ferry Road, Shaftesbury Boulevard and McCreary Road. The north and south borders are the boundaries of the City of Winnipeg. The Assiniboine River divides the riding.

Some of Canada's major aerospace industries are here. The economy is mostly driven by retail trade and health and social services.

The total immigrant population is almost 10 per cent. Almost 85 per cent of the population speak English as their mother tongue. More than 13 per cent have a university degree, while just more than three per cent have less than a Grade 9 education. At the time of the 2001 census, the average family income was $73,222 and unemployment was 4.30 per cent.

This riding was created as Charleswood-Assiniboine in 1996 from 70 per cent of Winnipeg-St. James and 29 per cent of Winnipeg South. The name was changed to Charleswood-St. James-Assiniboia in 1998 and changed again in 2004 to Charleswood-St. James. In 2004, eight per cent of Winnipeg Centre and 1.5 per cent of Winnipeg South Centre were added.

Political History
In 2004, Conservative Steven John Fletcher defeated Liberal Glen Murray by 734 votes. Murray is the former mayor of Winnipeg.

People in this riding have elected Conservatives, Liberals and New Democrats over the years. Part of the riding used to fall in Winnipeg North Centre when it was held by longtime CCF and NDP MP Stanley Knowles.

In 1979 in Winnipeg-St. James, Progressive Conservative Bob Lane defeated New Democrat Frank Syms by 893 votes. The next year, New Democrat Cyril Keeper beat Lane by 438 votes.

Keeper ran and was elected in 1984 in Winnipeg North Centre after Knowles retired from there. That year, George Minaker retook Winnipeg-St. James for the PCs, defeating New Democrat Lissa Donner by 2,680 votes.

In 1988, Liberal John Harvard beat Minaker by 1,702 votes. Harvard was re-elected in 1993 by 13,367 votes, again in 1997 by 7,261 votes and in 2000 by 2,332 votes.

Winnipeg-St. James:
1979 - PC
1980 - NDP
1984 - PC
1988, 1993 - LIB

1997 - LIB

Charleswood-St. James-Assiniboia:
2000 - LIB

Charleswood-St. James:
2004 - CON


Steven Fletcher

Party: Conservative Party of Canada
Birth date: June 17, 1972
Age: 33
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Education: Engineering degree and MBA from the University of Manitoba
Profession: Engineer, manager

Career background: Worked in the mining industry until a car accident left him a quadriplegic in 1996. Was twice elected president of the University of Manitoba's students' union (UMSU). Managed UMSU's $5-million budget, helped reduce UMSU fees for the first time, paid off UMSU debt, renovated and expanded all five UMSU-owned businesses, which resulted in increased profitability

Community activities: Has been an executive member of the Board of Governors of the University of Manitoba, a member of the Board of Directors of the Alumni Association of the University of Manitoba, a member of the Disciplinary Committee of the College of Registered Nurses, president of the Manitoba Recreational Canoeing Association, Honourary President of the Manitoba Naturalists Society, and member of the board of directors, Disabled Sail Manitoba

Electoral History
Federal: Won 2004 election by 734 votes over Liberal candidate Glen Murray

Political History
Cabinet: Health critic in 2004 and 2005
Committee: Member of standing committee on Health in 2004 and 2005
Party: Co-chaired the Progressive Conservative Party's policy forum, "Solutions for the 21st Century." Elected president of the PC Party of Manitoba in Novmber 2001, the youngest person to hold the office

Riding address: 3111 A Portage Ave., Winnipeg, Man., R3K 0W4
Ottawa address: House of Commons, Ottawa, Ont., K1A 0A6
Tel: (204) 989-8150

Michael Johannson

Party: Green Party of Canada

Birthplace: St. James, Man.

Profession: Worked for five years at New World Technology, a company that recyles computer printer cartridges

Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Linda
Children: Alexandria

Tel: (204) 837-5708

John Loewen

Party: Liberal Party of Canada

Education: B.Sc, University of Manitoba
Profession: Businessman

Career Background: Joined Comcheq Services Ltd. in 1973, worked there until 1998. Served as president of the company from 1984 to 1998. Former Director of the Business Council of Manitoba.

Community Activities: Has served as a board member and Chairman of Economic Development Winnipeg, a council member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Manitoba, a board member and President of the Big Brothers and Sisters Association of Winnipeg and President of both the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra and the Linden Woods Community Association. He is also involved with his community's minor sports clubs as a coach and volunteer.

Electoral History
Provincial: First elected to the Manitoba Legislature in September 1999 as the MLA for Fort Whyte, re-elected in 2003, resigned in 2005

Riding Address:
Tel.: (204) 896-3004

Dennis Kshyk

Party: New Democratic Party

Electoral History
Provincial: Finished second in 2003 against Conservative incumbent Stuart Murray
Federal: Finished fourth in 2000 against Liberal incumbent John Harvard

Riding Address: 483 Banting Dr., Winnipeg, Man., R3K 1C6
Tel: (204) 832-8573

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