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Manitoba Election 2016: Riel riding

Summary: A bellwether riding in southern Winnipeg, NDP MLA Christine Melnick seeks a fourth term in Riel.

Boundaries: Riel is bordered by the Red River to the north west, Dunkirk Drive and Dakota Street to the east, and Burland and Warde Avenue to the south.

Last Election: Melnick defeated PC challenger Rochelle Squires, who is running again, by over 1400 votes, 55-40 per cent.

History: The riding has been won by the party forming government since 1988—first under PC MLAs Gerry Ducharme and Gary Newman, and then NDP MLAs Melnick and Linda Asper.

Candidates

NDP: Christine Melnick, MLA since 2003

Progressive Conservative: Rochelle Squires, a former journalist and Melnick’s 2011 opponent

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Liberal: Neil Johnston, former director at the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority