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08/31/2015 04:35 EDT | Updated 08/31/2016 01:12 EDT

Some facts and figures about the federal riding of Regina Lewvan

REGINA — Things to know about Regina Lewvan:

Worth watching: A redrawn riding that was part of a controversial plan to replace eight urban-rural seats in Regina and Saskatoon with five mainly urban seats in the two cities. Regina Lewvan is a combination of the old seats of Palliser and Regina-Lumsden-Lake Centre. The urban-rural ridings under the old boundary system had been viewed by many as being beneficial to the Conservatives in recent years. They took three of four Regina-area seats in 2011.   

Population: 79,587

Incumbent: None. Conservative Ray Boughen, the MP for the old riding of Palliser, chose not to run again. Conservative Tom Lukiwski, who represented Regina-Lumsden-Lake Centre, is running in Moose Jaw-Lake Centre-Lanigan.

Main Challengers: The Conservatives have nominated Trent Fraser, owner of a marketing company; the NDP is running Erin Weir, a union economist who ran for the leadership of the provincial NDP in 2012; the Liberals are running Louis Browne, a lawyer and former Regina city councillor.

Election History: The Conservatives have had a firm grip on Regina-Lumsden-Lake Centre in the last several elections, but Palliser was close, with the Conservatives beating the NDP by fewer than 800 votes. The New Democrats held Palliser until 2004.

Fun Fact: Regina Lewvan probably holds a special place in the heart of any Mountie. The riding is home to the only RCMP training depot in the country.

The Canadian Press