Turtle Mountain (electoral district)


Turtle Mountain is a provincial electoral district in the Canadian province of Manitoba. It was created with the westward expansion of the province's boundaries in 1881, eliminated by redistribution in 1968, and re-established in 1979, formally returned to the electoral map with the provincial election of 1981, was dissolved for the 2011 election and returned once again for the 2019 Manitoba general election.

Turtle Mountain
Manitoba electoral district
Provincial electoral district
LegislatureLegislative Assembly of Manitoba
MLA
 
 
 
Doyle Piwniuk
Progressive Conservative
District created1881
First contested1881
Last contested2019
Demographics
Population (2016)23,165
Electors (2019)16,206
Area (km²)13,120
Pop. density (per km²)1.8

Turtle Mountain is located in the southwestern region of the province. It is bounded to the north by Ste. Rose, to the west by Minnedosa and Arthur-Virden, to the east by Pembina, Carman and Portage la Prairie, and south to the American state of North Dakota.

The riding is primarily rural. Communities in the riding included Killarney, Carberry, Glenboro, Pilot Mound and MacGregor.

The riding's population in 1996 was 18,569. In 1999, the average family income was $43,265, and the unemployment rate was 3.50%. Agriculture accounted for 37% of all industry in the riding, followed by health and social service work at 9%. Thirteen per cent of the riding's residents were German.

Turtle Mountain has been represented by the Progressive Conservative Party for most of its history, and is considered safe for that party. It was in Tory hands for all but six years after 1922 in its first incarnation, and has been held by the Tories at all times in its third incarnation. The MLA prior to the 2019 Manitoba general election was Cliff Cullen, who was elected in a 2004 by-election.

Following the 2008 electoral redistribution, the riding was dissolved into the new ridings of Agassiz, Midland, and Spruce Woods. This change took effect for the 2011 election. Cullen transferred to Spruce Woods.

Following the 2018 redistribution, Turtle Mountain will be re-created out of Arthur-Virden, Spruce Woods and Midland and will first be contested in the 2019 Manitoba general election. The riding will contain the municipalities of Two Borders, Melita, Grassland, Brenda-Waskada, Deloraine-Winchester, Boissevain-Morton (previously in Arthur-Virden), Prairie Lakes, Killarney - Turtle Mountain, Argyle, Cartwright-Roblin (previously in Spruce Woods) and Lorne, Swan Lake 7, Louise and Pembina (previously in Midland). As of the 2016 Census, 8,294 (36%) people were in the Arthur-Virden portion of the riding, 7,215 (31%) were in the Spruce Woods portion and 7,653 (33%) were in the Midland portion, for a total population of 23,612.[1]

The riding is named for Turtle Mountain Provincial Park.[2]

List of provincial representativesEdit

Name Party Took Office Left Office
J.P. Alexander Cons 1881 1883
Finlay Young Lib 1883 1888
John Hettle Lib 1888 1897
James Johnson Independent Conservative 1897 1903
Cons 1903 1915
George William McDonald Lib 1915 1922
Richard Willis Cons 1922 1929
Alexander Welch Cons/PC 1929 1945
Errick Willis PC 1945 1959
Edward Dow Lib-Prog 1959 1961
Lib 1961 1962
Peter J. McDonald PC 1962 1966
Edward Dow Lib 1966 1969
Riding abolished
Brian Ransom PC 1981 1986
Denis Rocan PC 1986 1990
Bob Rose PC 1990 1995
Merv Tweed PC 1995 2004
Cliff Cullen PC 2004 2011
Riding abolished
Doyle Piwniuk PC 2019

Electoral resultsEdit

2019–presentEdit

2019 Manitoba general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Progressive Conservative Doyle Piwniuk 6,162 67.65 -8.5 $6,900.23
Green David M. Neufeld 1,350 14.82 +11.4 $124.08
New Democratic Angie Herrera-Hildebrand 990 10.87 +2.2 $636.58
Liberal Richard Davies 607 6.66 +2.3 $435.68
Total valid votes 9,109 100.0  
Total rejected ballots
Turnout 59.9
Eligible voters
Progressive Conservative hold Swing -9.9
2016 provincial election redistributed results[3]
Party %
  Progressive Conservative 76.1
  New Democratic 8.7
  Manitoba 7.4
  Liberal 4.4
  Green 3.4

1981–2007Edit

1981 Manitoba general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Brian Ransom 4,775 72.36
New Democratic Joan Johannson 1,660 25.16
Independent Bill Rainbow Harrison 164 2.49
Total valid votes 6,599 100.00
Rejected and declined ballots 33
Turnout 6,632 62.96
Electors on the lists 10,533
1999 Manitoba general election: Turtle Mountain
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Progressive Conservative Mervin Tweed 4,037 55.79 $22,666.64
New Democratic Janet Brady 1,902 26.29 $3,995.00
Liberal Lorne Hanks 1,247 17.23 $3,988.93
Total valid votes 7,186 100.00
Rejected ballots 50
Turnout 7,236 58.81
Registered voters 12,305

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June, 2003:[5]

  • (x) Mervin Tweed (PC) 3956
  • Lonnie Patterson (NDP) 1893
  • Bev Leadbeater (L) 743
Manitoba provincial by-election, July 2, 2004: Turtle Mountain
Party Candidate Votes % Expenditures
Progressive Conservative Cliff Cullen 3,632 63.01 $11,273.31
Liberal Bev Leadbeter 1,084 18.81 $2,256.63
New Democratic Betty Storie 1,048 18.18 $12,037.72
Total valid votes 5,764 100.00
Rejected ballots 12
Turnout 5,778 47.10
Registered voters 12,267
2007 Manitoba general election: Turtle Mountain
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Progressive Conservative Cliff Cullen 4,318 65.67 +2.66 $15,425.52
New Democratic Faron Douglas 1,476 22.45 +3.65 $3,785.64
Liberal Allen Hunter 739 11.24 −7.56 $3,458.77
Total valid votes 6,533 99.36
Rejected ballots 42
Turnout 6,575 54.39 +7.29
Registered voters 12,089

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Statistics Canada, 2016 Canada Census
  2. ^ http://www.boundariescommission.mb.ca/wp-content/uploads/edbc-final-report-2018-en.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  3. ^ Marcoux, Jacques (August 27, 2019). "New Manitoba election boundaries give upper hand to Progressive Conservatives, CBC News analysis finds". CBC. Retrieved September 14, 2019.
  4. ^ Official Results — 39th General Election, accessed December 2010
  5. ^ "Turtle Mountain — Official Results - 2003 Provincial Election". Archived from the original on July 6, 2011. Retrieved December 10, 2009.
  6. ^ 39 summary

Coordinates: 49°26′20″N 99°21′36″W / 49.439°N 99.360°W / 49.439; -99.360