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Manitoba Election 2016: Dawson Trail riding

Summary: With longtime NDP MLA Ron Lemieux not seeking re-election, voters in Dawson Trail will elect a rookie MLA on April 19.

Boundaries: Dawson Trail is a rural riding, directly southeast of the city of Winnipeg. It’s bordered by the La Verendyre riding to the east, Steinbach to the south and Morris and the Red River to the west. Communities in the riding include Ste. Anne, Île-des-Chênes, Lorette, Grane Pointe, Landmark and St. Adolph.

Last Election: Ron Lemieux defeated Progressive Conservative candidate Larry Tetrault by 737 votes, 52 to 43 per cent.

History: A new riding in Manitoba created by redistribution in 2008 out of parts of Morris and La Verendrye. Veteran Manitoba NDP cabinet minister Ron Lemieux resigned from his position in March 2016.

Candidates

NDP: Roxane Dupuis, executive director for provincial francophone youth association

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Progressive Conservative: Bob Lagassé, runs a foster home in Landmark

Liberal: Terry Hayward, former employee with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Manitoba Party: David Sutherland, business owner