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Manitoba Election 2016: Lakeside riding

Summary: Progressive Conservative MLA Ralph Eichler is seeking re-election in Lakeside, a southeastern riding in Manitoba.

Boundaries: Lakeside is located to the immediate northwest of Winnipeg, south of the Interlake riding and west of Gimli. The riding’s communities include Stonewall, Stony Mountain, Teulon and Warren.

Last Election: The Tories’ Ralph Eichler won his third term, defeating NDP candidate Rosemary Hnatiuk by over 3,000 votes, 65 to 25 per cent.

History: The Tories have held this riding since 1969. It’s traditionally been represented by both the Liberal and PC parties. From 1922 to 2003, the riding had only two representatives. MLA, Douglas Campbell, represented the constituency for 47 years, first as a PC, then as a Liberal-Progressive, then as a Liberal. He served as Manitoba’s premier from 1949 to 1958.

Candidates

NDP: Matt Austman, researcher and organizer in non-profit sector

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Progressive Conservative: Ralph Eichler, PC Opposition Critic for Municipal Government and Manitoba Hydro