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Manitoba Election 2016: Thompson riding

Summary: Incumbent MLA Steve Ashton will attempt to defend his longtime seat from rookie candidates from the Progressive Conservatives and Liberals.

Boundaries: The town of Oxford House sits in the southeastern corner of the riding with the riding’s namesake sitting in a central position along the western border. The community of Wabowden is the farthest southwestern landmark of the riding. The Numaykoos Sakaheykun First Nation sits directly in the northwestern corner of the Thompson riding with the town of Wivenhoe near the northeastern corner.

Last Election: NDP incumbent Steve Ashton was re-elected with 68 per cent of the votes. The PC candidate took home 28 percent while the Liberal candidate took home three per cent of the votes.

History: The Thompson riding has been home to an NDP MLA since the 1981 election when Steve Ashton was first elected as MLA, taking the riding from the Tories.

Candidates

NDP: Steve Ashton, NDP Minister of Infrastructure and Transportation 

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Progressive Conservative: Kelly Bindle, civil engineer

Liberal: Inez Vystricil-Spence, health advisor