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DISTRICT: Winnipeg South
CandidatePartyVote CountVote ShareElected
Rod BruinoogeCON1732841.41% X
Reg AlcockLIB1721841.15%
Robert PageNDP574713.74%
Wesley Owen WhitesideGRN12893.08%
Heidi Loewen-SteffanoCHP2590.62%
January 24, 3:13:42 AM EST 163 of 163 polls reporting


226 Winnipeg South

2006 Candidates:
CHP:Heidi Loewen-Steffano
CON:Rod Bruinooge
GRN:Wesley Owen Whiteside
LIB:Reg Alcock (Incumbent)
NDP:Robert Page


 Riding Map
The southern boundary of this riding is the southern limit of Winnipeg. The western boundary is Brady Road (the western limit of Winnipeg) and McCreary Road. The northern boundary is Wilkes Avenue and the eastern boundary is Waverley, Bishop Grandin, St. Mary's Road, Novavista Drive and Seine River.

The top two industries in this riding are health and social services (almost 10 per cent), followed by retail trade.

According to the 2001 census, five per cent of the population listed French as their mother tongue and four per cent listed Chinese. The total immigrant population is more than 16 per cent. Only three per cent of the population have less than a Grade 9 education and almost 22 per cent have a university degree.

The average family income was $78,012 in 2001 and unemployment was 4.8 per cent.

This riding was first established in 1914 and abolished in 1976. At that time, a major part went into Winnipeg-Fort Garry. Winnipeg South was re-established in 1986 from 49 per cent of Winnipeg-Fort Garry and 34 per cent of Winnipeg-Assiniboine. In 1996, 59 per cent of the riding was unchanged and 24 per cent of St. Boniface was added. In 2004, 87 per cent of the riding remained unchanged.

Political History
In 2004, Liberal incumbent Reg Alcock earned a fourth term in Winnipeg South, defeating Conservative Rod Bruinooge by 6,500 votes. Alcock was first elected in 1993. He was appointed president of the Treasury Board and minister responsible for the Canadian Wheat Board in 2003.

Liberal James Richardson won in the old riding of Winnipeg South in 1968, 1972 and 1974, when his main opponent was Sterling Lyon. Lyon later became premier of Manitoba, from 1977 to 1981. Richardson served under Pierre Trudeau as minister of supply and services and minister of national defence. He resigned as defence minister in 1976 because of his opposition to the government's language policy. In 1978, he left the Liberal party and sat as an Independent.

Liberal Lloyd Axworthy spent some of his time as an MP in Winnipeg-Fort Garry. He was elected there in 1979, 1980 and 1984. He won in Winnipeg South Centre in 1988, 1993 and 1997. Axworthy held several cabinet posts, including employment and immigration, transport, labour, western economic diversification and foreign affairs.

In Winnipeg-Assiniboine, PC Dan McKenzie won in 1979, 1980 and 1984. McKenzie had previously been elected in 1972 and 1974 in Winnipeg South Centre.

Dorothy Dobbie was elected for the PCs in Winnipeg South in 1988.

1935-49 inclusive - LIB
1953-62 inclusive - PC
1963 - LIB
1965 - PC
1968, 1972, 1974 - LIB
1988 - PC
1993, 1997, 2000, 2004 - LIB


Heidi Loewen-Steffano

Party: Christian Heritage Party

Birth Date: April 20, 1975
Age: 30
Birthplace: Winnipeg, Man.

Education: Several years of university
Profession: Homemaker

Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Craig
Children: Six, including adopted and foster children

Career Background: Homemaker with varied work and volunteer experience

Community Activities: Foster mother who helps at her children's school each week

Campaign Office:
(204) 589-4080

Rod Bruinooge

Party: Conservative Party of Canada

Birth Date: 1973
Birthplace: Thompson, Man.

Education: Holds a bachelor of political science degree from the University of Manitoba
Profession: Businessman

Marital status: Married
Career background: He created the popular online game The Stone, which attracted the attention of media outlets such as Forbes Magazine. He also has his own consulting firm and is involved with the local film scene in Winnipeg.

Community activities: He is director of the River View Health Centre and the Manitoba Children's Museum. He is a member on the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority Fort Garry Council, and is also a communications co-ordinator of the Winnipeg Aboriginal Film and Video Festival, and was president of the Wildwood Community Club in 2002. He is the environmental co-ordinator (Winnipeg South) of the North American Indigenous Games.

Electoral History
Federal: Defeated in Winnipeg South in 2004

Riding Address: P.O. 34107, RPO Fort Richmond, Winnipeg, Man.

Campaign Office: (204) 989-8180

Wesley Owen Whiteside

Party: The Green Party of Canada

Education: BA from the University of Winnipeg, double major in Politics and Administrative Studies. Currently completing final year law studies at the University of Manitoba. Will be articling student with the Manitoba Government upon completion of law degree

Community Activities: Volunteer with the Royal Canadian Air Cadet Program

Campaign Office:
(204) 995-7149

Reg Alcock

Party: Liberal Party of Canada

Birth date: April 16, 1948
Age: 57
Birthplace: Winnipeg, Man.

Education: Holds a B.A. from Simon Fraser University and a master's in public administration from Harvard
Profession: Consultant

Marital status: Married
Name of spouse: Karen Arras
Children: Three

Career background: Was a consultant for Management Information Systems. Was a superintendent of Seven Oaks Centre in Manitoba. From 1983 to 1985, he was director of Manitoba Child and Family Services. In the community, he is a founding member of Project Prevention; chair of the Manitoba Council of Child Care Institutions; chair of the Prairie Theatre Exchange Board of Director, and is also with the Manitoba Community Treatment Association, as well as a foster parent with the Winnipeg South Child and Family Services Agency. He is a member of the Harvard Policy Group, located at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. The group studies the impact of information technology and communication tools on the public sector and government.

Electoral History
Provincial: Was elected Liberal MLA for Osborne, Man., in 1988; was re-elected in 1990. Resigned in 1993 to seek federal nomination.
Federal: Elected in Winnipeg South in 1993, 1997, 2000 and 2004

Political History
Cabinet: Since December 2003, has been president of the Treasury Board and minister responsible for the Canadian Wheat Board
Parliamentary secretary: From July 1998 to August 2000, was parliamentary secretary to the president of the Privy Council and to the minister of Intergovernmental Affairs.
Committee: Former vice-chair, health committee. Former chair: Transport; Human Resources Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities; Government Operations and Estimates committee. Also, former member: Foreign Affairs and Trade; Justice and Human Rights; Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development; Citizenship and Immigration; Health; Industry, Science and Technology; Transport and Government Operations chair. Cabinet committees: Treasury Board; Expenditure Review. Member, cabinet committees: Priorities and Planning; Operations.
Caucus: Manitoba: Liberal critic for Finance, Post-Secondary Education and Industry, Trade and Tourism. House leader for two years. Former chair of the Manitoba Liberal caucus. Former chair of the Northern and Western Liberal caucus. Also former chair for the social policy committee of the Liberal caucus. He is a former member of the prime minister's caucus task force on urban issues.

Riding Address:
Unit 24 - 62 Scurfield Boulevard, Winnipeg, Man., R3Y 1M5
Campaign Office:
Unit 2-155 Scurfield
(204) 988-9188

Robert Page

Party: New Democratic Party

Education: Holds a B.Ed., a B.A. and a master's degree in outdoor education
Profession: Teacher

Marital status: Married
Children: Six

Community Activities: He is a member of Canadian Parents for French (Immersion), the Environmental Action Committee and the Manitoba Naturalists Society and a two-term Chairperson of the Canoe and Out-trip Department, Winnipeg Canoe Club.

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January 24, 3:14:13 AM EST

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