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.
|Manitoba electoral district|
|Provincial electoral district|
|Legislature||Legislative Assembly of Manitoba|
|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'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.
List of provincial representativesEdit
|Name||Party||Took Office||Left Office|
|James Johnson||Independent Conservative||1897||1903|
|George William McDonald||Lib||1915||1922|
|Peter J. McDonald||PC||1962||1966|
|2019 Manitoba general election|
|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|
|Total valid votes||9,109||100.0|
|Total rejected ballots|
|Progressive Conservative hold||Swing||-9.9|
|2016 provincial election redistributed results|
|1981 Manitoba general election|
|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|
|Electors on the lists||10,533|
|1999 Manitoba general election: Turtle Mountain|
|Progressive Conservative||Mervin Tweed||4,037||55.79||$22,666.64|
|New Democratic||Janet Brady||1,902||26.29||$3,995.00|
|Total valid votes||7,186||100.00|
- (x) Mervin Tweed (PC) 3956
- Lonnie Patterson (NDP) 1893
- Bev Leadbeater (L) 743
|Turtle MountainManitoba provincial by-election, July 2, 2004:|
|Progressive Conservative||Cliff Cullen||3,632||63.01||$11,273.31|
|New Democratic||Betty Storie||1,048||18.18||$12,037.72|
|Total valid votes||5,764||100.00|
|2007 Manitoba general election: Turtle Mountain|
|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|
|Total valid votes||6,533||99.36|
- Statistics Canada, 2016 Canada Census
- http://www.boundariescommission.mb.ca/wp-content/uploads/edbc-final-report-2018-en.pdf[bare URL PDF]
- Marcoux, Jacques (August 27, 2019). "New Manitoba election boundaries give upper hand to Progressive Conservatives, CBC News analysis finds". CBC. Retrieved September 14, 2019.
- Official Results — 39th General Election, accessed December 2010
- "Turtle Mountain — Official Results - 2003 Provincial Election". Archived from the original on July 6, 2011. Retrieved December 10, 2009.
- 39 summary