Current MLA: Denis Rocan (PC)
Liberal: Don Oldcorn
NDP: Bill Harrison
PC: Denis Rocan
This is a new riding, created in 1999. The riding is located in southwest
Manitoba. Communities in this riding include Carman, Somerset, Treherne,
St Claude, Notre Dame de Lourdes, Miami and Elm Creek. The Long Plain
and Dakota reserves are in the northwest corner. The Swan Lake Reserve
is in the southwest corner. Spruce Woods Provincial Park forms part of
the western boundary.
This riding had the fourth highest percentage (16%) of francophones in
the province in 1999. Also,12 per cent had German as their ethnic origin,
and the Aboriginal population was seven per cent.
The major industry in Carman in 1999 was agriculture (38%) followed by
health and social services (9%). The population in 1996 was 18,687. The
average family income in 1999 was $43,401 with an unemployment rate of
three per cent.
1969: PC James Ferguson defeated incumbent LIB Nelson Shoemaker (who
had been elected in 1958, 59, 62, 1966) by 417 votes. He was re-elected
in 1973 and 1977.
1981, 1986, 1988 Charlotte Oleson won.
1990: PC Denis Rocan, incumbent from Turtle Mountain, ran in this riding
and defeated LIB Cordell Barker, who ran again, by 2,559 votes.
1995: PC Rocan defeated LIB Eric Bzikot by 3,175 votes.
1999: PC Rocan defeated LIB Raymond Le Neal by 1,407 votes.
1999 Turnout: 60.47%