PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE
Current MLA: David Faurschou (PC)
1962, 1966, 1969, 1973: LIB Gordon Johnston was elected.
Liberal: Michael Lefebvre
NDP: Bob Kriski
PC: David Faurschou
This riding has existed since the 1870 election. It has been
PC since 1977. The riding is in southern Manitoba. Lake Manitoba is the
northern border. The Assiniboine River runs through the southern part
of the riding. Portage La Prairie itself is in the southern part of riding.
Other communities in this riding include: Oakville, Newton and St Marks.
The 1996 population was 18,785. In 1999, six per cent of the population
listed German is their ethnic origin. The Aboriginal population was 13
The average family income in 1999 was $45,302 with an unemployment rate
of 7.00 per cent.
Health and social services (18%) was the major industry in 1999 followed
by agriculture (13%).
1977: PC Lloyd Hyde defeated ND Peter Swidnicki by 1,485 votes.
1981: PC Hyde defeated ND Audrey Tufford by 1,207 votes.
1986: PC Ed Connery defeated ND Bill Zettler by 2,236 votes.
1988: PC Connery defeated LIB Darlene Hamm by 1,208 votes.
1999: PC David Faurschou defeated ND Connie Gretsinger by 707 votes.
1999 Turnout: 59.76%