215 Charleswood-St. James-Assiniboia
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.
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.
1979 - PC
1980 - NDP
1984 - PC
1988, 1993 - LIB
1997 - LIB
2000 - LIB
2004 - CON
Party: Conservative Party of Canada
Birth date: June 17, 1972
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
Federal: Won 2004 election by 734 votes over Liberal candidate Glen Murray
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
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
Tel: (204) 837-5708
Party: Liberal Party of Canada
Education: B.Sc, University of Manitoba
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.
Provincial: First elected to the Manitoba Legislature in September 1999 as the MLA for Fort Whyte, re-elected in 2003, resigned in 2005
Tel.: (204) 896-3004
Party: New Democratic Party
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