- Springfield (provincial electoral district)
Springfield is a provincial electoral division in the Canadian province of
Manitoba. It was created by the province's first-ever redistribution in 1874 and has existed continuously since that time, except for the period from 1914 to 1920.
Springfield is located to the immediate east of the City of Winnipeg. It is bordered to the north by Selkirk and Gimli, to the east by Lac Du Bonnet and to the south by La Verendrye. The riding includes the municipalities of Springfield and East St. Paul, as well as Anola, Dugald, Birds Hill and Oakbank. Before 1989, the riding stretched as far as the
Ontarioborder; now, it is significantly smaller.
The riding's population in 1996 was 18,599. As of 1999, the average family income was $67,794, and the unemployment rate was 4.50%. Manufacturing accounts for 12% of all industry in the riding, followed by 11% in the service sector.
Springfield has been represented by various political parties over its long history, without any one party dominating for an extended period of time. This pattern may be changing, however: the riding has been represented by the Progressive Conservatives since 1990, and current
Member of the Legislative Assembly, Ron Schuler, was re-elected with over 60% of the vote in 2003. On a notional level at least, the seat appears safe for the Tories.
List of provincial representatives
Name Party Took Office Left Office William Dick Opposition 1874 1878 Arthur Ross Opposition/Liberal 1878 1879 Government/Liberal 1879 1882 Charles Edie Conservative 1882 1883 John Bell Independent Liberal 1883 1886 Thomas Smith Liberal-Conservative 1886 1888(?) Independent 1888(?) 1889(?) Liberal 1889(?) 1903 W.H. Corbett Conservative 1903 1907 Donald Ross Liberal 1907 1914 Arthur Moore Dominion Labour 1920 1920 Independent Labour Party 1920 1922 Clifford Barclay Progressive 1922 1927 Murdoch Mackay Liberal 1927 1932 Clifford Barclay Independent Farmer-Labour 1932 1936 Evelyn Shannon Liberal-Progressive 1936 1945 George Olive Co-operative Commonwealth 1945 1949 William Lucko Liberal-Progressive 1949 1959 Fred Klym Progressive Conservative 1959 1969 Rene Toupin New Democrat 1969 1977 Bob Anderson Progressive Conservative 1977 1981 Andy Anstett New Democrat 1981 1986 Gilles Roch Progressive Conservative 1986 1988 Liberal 1988 1990 Glen Findlay Progressive Conservative 1990 1999 Ron Schuler Progressive Conservative 1999 "present"
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