Manitoba Election 2016: Arthur-Virden riding

Summary: A rural district in southwestern Manitoba. Tories incumbent Doyle Piwniuk is seeking first win in this election, since winning in a by-election in 2014.

Boundaries: Arthur-Virden is located in the southwestern corner of the province. It is bordered to the north by Riding Mountain, to the east by Spruce Woods, to the west by the province of Saskatchewan and to the south by the U.S. state of North Dakota and Turtle Mountain Provincial Park. Communities in the riding include Virden, Hamiota, Deloraine, Melita and Boissevain.

Last Election: Larry Maguire from the Progressive Conservatives won the seat with 65 per cent of the vote, with the NDP’s Garry Drapper garnering 30 per cent of the vote.

History: The Progressive Conservatives have held Arthur-Virden since 1953. The riding was created by redistribution in 1989, it combined the former constituencies of Arthur and Virden,


NDP: Lorne M. Topolniski, former business owner 

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Progressive Conservative: Doyle Piwniuk, former insurance broker and financial planner

Manitoba Party: Frank Godon