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Some facts and figures about the federal riding of St. Boniface-St. Vital

WINNIPEG — Things to know about St. Boniface-St. Vital:

Worth watching: The riding is expected to be a close call on election night. Traditionally Liberal and home to the largest francophone population in Western Canada, the seat was won by Conservative Shelly Glover in 2008 and 2011. Glover is not seeking re-election, and the NDP and Liberals are putting up star candidates.

Population: 87,364. Thirteen per cent list French as a mother tongue.

Incumbent: Glover is not running for re-election.

Main challengers: Liberal Dan Vandal is a popular former city councillor; New Democrat Erin Selby is a former Manitoba health minister who last year challenged Premier Greg Selinger's leadership. Conservative Francois Catellier is president of a management consulting firm.

Election history: The Liberals won the seat in almost every election since its creation in 1925, however, Glover scored decisive victories for the Conservatives in 2008 and 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.

The Canadian Press

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