Steinbach (electoral district)

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Steinbach
Manitoba electoral district
SteinbachElectoral2011.jpg
Provincial electoral district
LegislatureLegislative Assembly of Manitoba
MLA
 
 
 
Kelvin Goertzen
Progressive Conservative
District created1989
First contested1990
Last contested2019

Steinbach is a provincial electoral division in the Canadian province of Manitoba that encompasses the city of Steinbach, the riding's namesake, and northeastern part of the Rural Municipality of Hanover.

The current MLA is Kelvin Goertzen, who was first elected with almost 75% of the vote in 2003. Goertzen is also the current Minister of Legislative and Public Affairs, Deputy Premier and current House Leader for the Manitoba government.[1]

History[edit]

It was created by redistribution in 1989, and has formally existed since the provincial election of 1990. Originally a much larger riding in terms of geographical area, Steinbach has been redistributed three times (1999, 2011, and 2019) in response to the city of Steinbach's rapid population growth and is now among the smallest provincial ridings in terms of land area outside of Winnipeg.

The riding is currently bordered by the riding of Dawson Trail to the north and east, and La Verendrye to the south and west. Prior to the redistribution ahead of the 2019 election, the riding was bordered by the former Emerson riding to the west, La Verendrye to the south and east, Dawson Trail to the north, and former Morris riding to the west.[2]

Demographics[edit]

As of 2016, thirty-four per cent of the riding's residents list German as their ethnic origin, and a further 7% list themselves as Dutch. There is a very strong Mennonite presence in the riding. Steinbach's population in 2006 was 19,415. In the year 1999, the average family income was $46,133, and the unemployment rate was 5.00%. Manufacturing accounts for 17% of the riding's industry, followed by agriculture at 14%.

Voting history[edit]

The riding has been held by the Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba since its creation, and is considered extremely safe for that party. Steinbach's rural nature, as well as the city's religious background, gives the riding a strong social conservative tint. Manitoba political pundits often refer to Steinbach as a "yellow dog riding," as it is one of many rural ridings where it is often said in jest that the Tories could nominate a yellow dog and still win.[3] It is located within the federal riding of Provencher.

List of provincial representatives[edit]

Assembly Years Member Party
Riding created from La Verendrye and Emerson
35th 1990-1995 Albert Driedger Progressive Conservative
36th 1995-1999
37th 1999-2003 Jim Penner
38th 2003-2007 Kelvin Goertzen
39th 2007-2011
40th 2011-2016
41st 2016–2019
42nd 2019–present

Electoral results[edit]

2019 Manitoba general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Progressive Conservative Kelvin Goertzen 6,241 81.64 -7.49 $14,150.78
New Democratic Rob Jessup 616 8.06 +3.10 $612.56
Green Janine Gibson 418 5.47 New $0.00
Liberal LeAmber Kensley 370 4.84 -1.05 $0.00
Total valid votes 7645 99.6  
Total rejected ballots/Declined 21/10
Turnout 52.49%
Eligible voters 14,623
2016 Manitoba general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Progressive Conservative Kelvin Goertzen 6,982 89.16 +3.64 $17,469.05
Liberal Dakota Young-Brown 461 5.88 -0.98 $5.84
New Democratic Kathleen McCallum 387 4.94 -2.68 $146.90
Total valid votes/Expense limit 7,830 100.0   $
Eligible voters
Source: Elections Manitoba[4][5][6]
2011 Manitoba general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Progressive Conservative Kelvin Goertzen 5,469 85.52 +2.54 $28,130.00
New Democratic Dally Gutierrez 487 7.62 −1.04 $0.00
Liberal Lee Fehler 439 6.86 +2.12 $987.95
Total valid votes 6,397
Rejected and declined votes 26
Turnout 6,423 49.66
Registered voters 12,934
Source: Elections Manitoba[7]
2007 Manitoba general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Progressive Conservative Kelvin Goertzen 6,144 82.98 +8.35 $25,321.51
New Democratic Rawle Squires 641 8.66 −6.58 $331.36
Liberal Jonathan Thiessen 351 4.74 −3.19 $340.30
Green Janine Gibson 268 3.62 +1.42 $421.15
Total valid votes 7,404 100.00
Rejected and declined votes 25
Turnout 7,429 49.99
Registered voters 14,862

[8]

2003 Manitoba general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Progressive Conservative Kelvin Goertzen 4,284 74.63 −2.99 $24,714.92
New Democratic Bonnie Schmidt 875 15.24 +2.89 $341.35
Liberal Monica Guetre 455 7.93 −1.43 $3,465.33
Green Connie Jantz 126 2.20 +2.20 $74.58
Total valid votes 5,740 100.00
Rejected and declined votes 41
Turnout 5,781 41.99
Registered voters 13,768

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1999 Manitoba general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Progressive Conservative Jim Penner 5,708 77.62 $27,412.91
New Democratic Peter Hiebert 910 12.37 $21.00
Liberal Monica Guetre 688 9.36 $3,179.52
Total valid votes 7,306 99.35
Rejected and declined votes 48
Turnout 7,354 57.48
Registered voters 12,795

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Previous boundaries[edit]

The 1999-2011 boundaries for Steinbach highlighted in red.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Our Team - Kelvin Goertzen". PC Manitoba. Retrieved 2021-04-09. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Steinbach Electoral District". Boundaries Commission of Manitoba. Retrieved 2010-11-22. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Manitoba Votes 2003 - Party Leaders - Stuart Murray". CBC News. Retrieved 2010-08-01. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Candidates: 41st General Election". Elections Manitoba. 29 March 2016. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
  5. ^ "41ST GENERAL ELECTION, APRIL 19, 2016 - OFFICIAL RESULTS". Elections Manitoba. 19 April 2016. Retrieved 10 November 2016.
  6. ^ "Election Returns: 41st General Election". Elections Manitoba. 2016. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  7. ^ "Election Returns: 40th General Election". Elections Manitoba. 2011. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  8. ^ http://www.elections.mb.ca/en/Results/39_division_results/39_steinbach_summary_results.html
  9. ^ http://www.elections.mb.ca/en/Results/38_division_results/38_steinbach_summary_results.html
  10. ^ http://www.electionsmanitoba.ca/apps/results/37gen/pbp.asp?ED=48 - 1999 Results

Coordinates: 49°31′55″N 96°43′44″W / 49.532°N 96.729°W / 49.532; -96.729