River Heights (electoral district)

River Heights is a provincial electoral division in the Canadian province of Manitoba. It was created by redistribution in 1957, and formally came into existence in the 1958 provincial election. The riding is located in the south-central region of the City of Winnipeg.

River Heights
Manitoba electoral district
RiverHeights2011.jpg
Provincial electoral district
LegislatureLegislative Assembly of Manitoba
MLA
 
 
 
Jon Gerrard
Liberal
District created1957
First contested1958
Last contested2016

River Heights is bordered on the east by Lord Roberts and Fort Rouge, to the south by Fort Whyte, to the north by Wolseley, and to the west by Tuxedo.

The riding's population in 1996 was 19,950. The riding's character is middle-class and upper-middle class. In 1999, the average family income was $77,701, and the unemployment rate was 5.90%. River Heights includes many of Winnipeg's oldest and most stately homes: the average value of dwelling house in the riding in 1999 was $117,937.

River Heights has a significant Jewish population, at 9% of the total. 38.5% of the riding's residents have university degrees, the highest percentage in the province. Voter turnout also tends to be extremely high in this riding, usually at over 80% of the eligible population.

The service sector accounts for 15% of the River Heights's industry, with educational services following at 14%.

From 1958 to 1986, River Heights was represented by members of the Progressive Conservative Party. Since that time, however, it has generally been represented by leaders of the provincial Liberal Party. Sharon Carstairs represented the riding from 1986 until her appointment to the Senate of Canada in 1994, and Jon Gerrard has represented the riding since 1999.

The Liberal Party has many prominent backers in this riding, including members of the Asper family (see Izzy Asper).

List of provincial representativesEdit

Assembly Years Member Party
25th 1958-1959 W.B. Scarth Progressive Conservative
26th 1959-1962
27th 1962-1966 Maitland Steinkopf
28th 1966-1969 Sidney Spivak
29th 1969-1973
30th 1973-1977
31st 1977-1979
1979-1981 Gary Filmon
32nd 1981-1986 Warren Steen
33rd 1986-1988 Sharon Carstairs Liberal
34th 1988-1990
35th 1990-1994
Riding was vacant from 1994-1995
36th 1995-1999 Mike Radcliffe Progressive Conservative
37th 1999-2003 Jon Gerrard Liberal
38th 2003-2007
39th 2007-2011
40th 2011-2016
41st 2016–2019
42nd 2019-present

Electoral resultsEdit

2016 Manitoba general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Jon Gerrard 5,230 51.90 +5.99 $24,782.14
Progressive Conservative Tracey Maconachie 3,485 34.58 +1.82 $35,477.22
Green Michael Cardillo 771 7.65 +4.08 $1,180.63
New Democratic Shafagh Daneshfar 591 5.86 -11.90 $671.90
Total valid votes/Expense limit 10,077 100.00 - $44,532.00
Total rejected ballots 79
Turnout 10,156 72.70
Eligible voters 13,969
Source: Elections Manitoba[1][2]
2011 Manitoba general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Jon Gerrard 4,742 45.91 −5.15 $35,683.03
     Progressive Conservative Marty Morantz 3,384 32.76 +7.65 $37,469.17
New Democratic Dan Manning 1,835 17.76 −2.01 $10,119.45
Green Elizabeth May Cameron 370 3.57 −0.48 $498.55
Total valid votes 10,358
Rejected and declined votes 29
Turnout 10,387 72.51 +3.17
Electors on the lists 14,325
Source: Elections Manitoba[3]
2007 Manitoba general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Jon Gerrard 4,760 51.06 +2.36 $24,934.03
     Progressive Conservative Ashley Burner 2,341 25.11 −3.84 $30,166.89
New Democratic Fiona Shiells 1,843 19.77 +0.03 $3,859.68
Green Christine Bennet-Clark 378 4.05 +1.79 $861.98
Total valid votes 9,322 100.00
Rejected and declined votes 22
Turnout 9,344 69.34 +1.91
Electors on the lists 13,475
Source: Elections Manitoba[4]
2003 Manitoba general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Jon Gerrard 4,500 48.70 +3.70 $29,690.35
     Progressive Conservative Mike Radcliffe 2,675 28.95 −12.00 $24,419.68
New Democratic Kristin Bingeman 1,824 19.74 +6.76 $4,053.34
Green Linda Goossen 209 2.26 +1.46 $49.68
Libertarian Clancy Smith 32 0.35 +0.08 $0.00
Total valid votes 9,240 100.00
Rejected and declined votes 31
Turnout 9,271 67.43 −6.24
Electors on the lists 13,749
1999 Manitoba general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Jon Gerrard 5,173 45.00 +5.80 $30,877.93
     Progressive Conservative Mike Radcliffe 4,708 40.95 -7.03 $28,010.25
New Democratic Peter Reimer 1,492 12.98 +1.03 $3,101.00
Green Chris Billows 92 0.80 n/a $55.40
Libertarian Clancy Smith 31 0.27 -0.59 $443.82
Total valid votes 11,496 100.00
Rejected and declined votes 41
Turnout 11,537 83.67
Electors on the lists 13,788

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1990 Manitoba general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Sharon Carstairs 5,467 47.97 -11.72
Progressive Conservative Shaun McCaffrey 4,601 40.37 +9.96
New Democratic Peter Sim 1,190 10.44 +1.1
Libertarian Clancy Smith 138 1.21 +0.65
Total valid votes 11,426 100.00 -
Rejected ballots 30
Turnout 11,396 81.46
Eligible voters 14,026
Source: Elections Manitoba[6]
1988 Manitoba general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Sharon Carstairs 6,620 59.69 +14.71
Progressive Conservative Bob Vandewater 3,373 30.41 -0.11
New Democratic Harry Daniels 1,036 9.34 -15.16
Libertarian Jim Weidman 62 0.56 n/a
Total valid votes 11,108 100.00 -
Rejected ballots 17
Turnout 11,091 87.07
Eligible voters 12,757
Source: Elections Manitoba[7]
1986 Manitoba general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Sharon Carstairs 4,620 44.98 +21.57
Progressive Conservative Warren Steen 3,135 30.52 -14.94
New Democratic Murray Smith 2,516 24.50 -5.31
Turnout 10,287 80.66
Liberal gain from Progressive Conservative Swing +18.26
Source: Elections Manitoba[8]

Previous boundariesEdit

 
The 1999-2011 boundaries for River Heights highlighted in red

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Candidates: 41st General Election". Elections Manitoba. 29 March 2016. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
  2. ^ "41ST GENERAL ELECTION, APRIL 19, 2016 - OFFICIAL RESULTS". Elections Manitoba. 19 April 2016. Retrieved 10 November 2016.
  3. ^ "Election Returns: 40th General Election". Elections Manitoba. 2011. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  4. ^ "Election Returns: 39th General Election". Elections Manitoba. 2007. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  5. ^ http://www.electionsmanitoba.ca/apps/results/37gen/pbp.asp?ED=34 - 1999 Results
  6. ^ "Candidates: 35th General Election" (PDF). Elections Manitoba. September 11, 1990. Retrieved 24 September 2018.
  7. ^ "Candidates: 34th General Election" (PDF). Elections Manitoba. April 26, 1988. Retrieved 24 September 2018.
  8. ^ "Candidates: 33rd General Election" (PDF). Elections Manitoba. March 18, 1986. Retrieved 24 September 2018.

Coordinates: 49°51′32″N 97°10′30″W / 49.859°N 97.175°W / 49.859; -97.175