The Pas (electoral district)

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The Pas
Manitoba electoral district
ThePasED2011.jpg
Provincial electoral district
Legislature Legislative Assembly of Manitoba
MLA
 
 
 
Amanda Lathlin
New Democratic
District created 1912
First contested 1912
Last contested 2011
Demographics
Census divisions Division No. 21, Division No. 22
Census subdivisions Cross Lake 19, Division No. 21, Unorganized, Division No. 22, Unorganized, Kelsey, Moose Lake 31A, Norway House 17, Opaskwayak Cree Nation 21, The Pas

The Pas is a provincial electoral division in the Canadian province of Manitoba. It was created in 1912 following the expansion of the province's northern border, and has existed continuously since that time. It is named for the rural city of The Pas.

Until the 1960s, elections in The Pas were deferred until a few weeks after the rest of the province for logistical reasons. It was not unheard of for politicians from the south of the province to run in The Pas after being chosen as cabinet ministers by newly elected provincial governments; Edward Brown and John Bracken were both elected in this manner.

The Pas is located in the north of the province. It is bordered by Rupertsland to the east and south, Thompson and Flin Flon to the north, Swan River and Lake Winnipeg to the south, and the province of Saskatchewan to the west. Besides The Pas, it also includes Easterville and Norway House.

The riding's population in 1996 was 19,449. In 1999, the average family income was $42,878, and the unemployment rate was 17.80%. Health and social services account for 14% of the riding's economy, with retail trade accounting for another 14%.

Sixty-seven per cent of the riding's residents are aboriginal, the second-highest rate in the province.

The Pas has been represented by candidates of the New Democratic Party since 1969 (and for all but 11 years since 1943), and is now considered safe for the party. The district is currently held by Amanda Lathlin, daughter of former NDP MLA Oscar Lathlin following the resignation of Frank Whitehead on May 16, 2014. He had previously won a by-election on March 24, 2009 following the death in office of his predecessor Oscar Lathlin.

List of provincial representatives[edit]

Name Party Took Office Left Office
Robert Orok Conservative 1912 1915
Edward Brown Liberal 1915 1922
John Bracken Progressive 1922 1932
Liberal-Progressive 1932 1943
Beresford Richards Co-operative Commonwealth 1943 1945
Independent CCF 1945 1945
Co-operative Commonwealth 1945 1949
Independent CCF 1949 1949
Francis Bud Jobin Liberal-Progressive 1949 1958
John Carroll Progressive Conservative 1958 1969
Ron McBryde New Democrat 1969 1977
Harry Harapiak New Democrat 1977 1990
Oscar Lathlin New Democrat 1990 2008
Frank Whitehead New Democrat 2009 2014
Amanda Lathlin New Democrat 2015

Electoral results[edit]

Manitoba general election, 2016
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
New Democratic Amanda Lathlin 1,976 43.48 -13.28
Progressive Conservative Doug Lauvstad 1,765 38.84 +9.06
Liberal Tyler Duncan 586 12.89 +0.56
Green Patrick Wood 217 4.77 +4.77
Total valid votes 4,544 100.0  
Eligible voters
Source: Elections Manitoba[1][2]
Manitoba provincial by-election, April 21, 2015
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
New Democratic Amanda Lathlin 1,557 56.76 -16.84 $26,202.75
     Progressive Conservative Jacob Nasekapow 817 29.78 +6.22 $31,878.68
Liberal Inez Vystrcil-Spence 369 13.45 +10.63 $2,941.26
Total valid votes 2,743 99.49
Rejected and declined votes 14 0.51
Turnout 2,757 22.10
Electors on the lists 12,475
New Democratic hold Swing -11.53
Source: Elections Manitoba[3]
Manitoba general election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
New Democratic Frank Whitehead 2,995 73.61 −1.51 $20,683.92
     Prog. Cons. Alfred McDonald 959 23.57 +5.18 $ 5,562.86
Liberal Girma Tessema 115 2.83 −3.67 $ 0.00
Total valid votes 4,069 99.46
Rejected and declined ballots 22 0.54
Turnout 4,091 30.40
Electors on the lists 13,459
New Democratic hold Swing −3.34
Manitoba provincial by-election, March 24, 2009
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
New Democratic Frank Whitehead 2,949 75.11 +6.25 25,898.41
     Prog. Cons. Edna Nabess 722 18.39 −3.06 31,676.75
Liberal Maurice Berens 255 6.50 −3.19 9,255.99
Total valid votes 3,926 99.32
Rejected and declined ballots 27 0.68
Turnout 3,953 29.65
Electors on the lists 13,334
New Democratic hold Swing +4.66
Manitoba general election, 2007
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
New Democratic Oscar Lathlin 3,262 68.30% +2.95% $22,521.26
     Progressive Conservative George Muswaggon 1,016 21.27% +4.62% $7,505.06
Liberal James Houston 459 9.61% −7.99% $224.51
Total valid votes 4,737 99.18
Rejected and declined ballots 39
Turnout 4,776 36.63
Electors on the lists 13,038

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Manitoba general election, 2003
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
New Democratic Oscar Lathlin 3,104 65.35% +18.50% $ 18,254.02
     Progressive Conservative Richard Goudy 791 16.65% −26.79% $ 6,302.87
Liberal Mark Sweeny 836 17.60% +7.89% $ 4,258.53
Total valid votes 4,731 99.60%
Rejected and declined ballots 19
Turnout 4,750 40.46%
Electors on the lists 11,739

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Manitoba general election, 1999
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
New Democratic Oscar Lathlin 2,952 46.85% −4.91%
     Progressive Conservative Ron Evans 2,737 43.44% +7.82%
Liberal Don Sandberg 612 9.71% −2.78%
Total valid votes 6,301 98.42%
Rejected and declined ballots 101
Turnout 6,402 51.72%
Electors on the lists 12,377

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Previous boundaries[edit]

The 1998-2011 boundaries for The Pas highlighted in red

References[edit]

Coordinates: 54°12′04″N 98°51′54″W / 54.201°N 98.865°W / 54.201; -98.865