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Gimli (electoral district)
Communities in the riding include Gimli, Winnipeg Beach , Petersfield , Clandeboye and Matlock .
The riding's population in 1996 was 19,700. As of 1999, the average family income was $58,790, and the unemployment rate was 7.90%. The service sector accounts for 15% of industry in the riding, with a further 11% each in manufacturing and the retail trade. There is also a significant fishing and tourism economy in the riding.
Gimli is home to the largest Icelandic community in the world outside of Iceland, and many of its MLAs have been from this background. It also has significant Ukrainian and German communities, at 12% and 6% respectively.
Gimli is a "bellweather" riding, and has elected a candidate from a governing party in all but five elections since its establishment (the exceptions were 1907, 1920, 1922, 1936 and 1999). It is currently regarded as a PC/NDP marginal.
The present MLA for Gimli is Peter Bjornson of the NDP.