Current MLA: Ed Helwer (PC)
1969: ND John Gottfried defeated PC Eric Stefanson by 223 votes.
Liberal: Lynn Clark
NDP: Peter Bjornson
PC: Vern Sabeski
This riding first existed in the 1899 election. The riding is
in southeast Manitoba which runs south to Winnipeg. It has Lake Winnipeg
and the Red River as the eastern boundary and Lake Manitoba on the west.
The communities in this riding include Gimli, Winnipeg Beach, Petersfield,
Clandeboye and Matlock. The riding has the distinction of returning members
of a winning party, with two exceptions, since 1907.
The population in 1996 was 19,700. Constituents come from an array of
ethnic backgrounds including Ukrainian (12%), German (6%) and Polish in
In 1999, the major industries included the service industry (15%), followed
by manufacturing and retail trade (11% each). Commercial fishing and tourism
are important too (lake Winnipeg attracts tourists in summer for sailing
and water skiing).
The average family income in 1999 was $58,790 with an unemployment rate
of 7.90 per cent.
1973: ND Gottfried defeated PC Ted Revel by 56 votes.
1977: PC Keith Cosens defeated ND George Schreyer by 720 votes.
1981: ND John Bucklaschuk defeated PC incumbent Cosens by 830 votes.
1986: ND Bucklaschuk defeated PC Ed Helwer by 951 votes.
1988: PC Ed Helwer ran again and defeated ND Bucklaschuk by 1,364.
1990: PC Helwer defeated ND Tom Hughes by 2,452 votes.
1995: PC Helwer defeated ND Fran Frederickson by 1,845 votes.
1999: PC Helwer defeated Fran Frederickson by 402 votes.
1999 Turnout: 77.96%