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St. Boniface-St. Vital Riding Is A Hotly Contested Battleground

09/22/2015 12:13 EDT | Updated 09/22/2016 05:12 EDT
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WINNIPEG — Things to know about Manitoba's St. Boniface-St. Vital riding:

Worth watching: The riding, formerly St. Boniface, is hotly contested and expected to be a close call on Oct. 19. Traditionally Liberal and home to the largest francophone population in Western Canada, the seat was won by Conservative Shelly Glover in 2008 and 2011. The riding has expanded to include largely anglophone suburbs. Glover is not seeking re-election and is returning to her job as a police officer.

Population: 87,364, 13 per cent with French as a mother tongue.

Incumbent: Glover is not running.

Main challengers: Liberal Dan Vandal is a former city councillor.  Conservative Francois Catellier is president of a management consulting firm. New Democrat Erin Selby has been a member of the provincial legislature since 2007.

Election history: The seat voted Liberal in almost every election from its creation in 1925 until 2008, when Glover won easily. She took more than half the votes in 2011.

Fun Fact: The northern part of the riding is the heart of French-speaking Western Canada. Metis leader Louis Riel is buried outside the St. Boniface Cathedral, across the Red River from downtown Winnipeg.

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