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La Verendrye (electoral district)
La Verendrye is southeastern region of Manitoba. It is bordered to the south by Emerson and Steinbach, to the west by Morris and the City of Winnipeg, to the north by Springfield and Lac Du Bonnet, and to the east by the province of Ontario.
Communities in the riding include Ste. Anne , Iles des Chenes , Lorette , St-Genevieve , Landmark and Hadashville . The Whiteshell Provincial Park is also in the riding.
The riding's population in 1996 was 19,558. As of 1999, the average family income was $49,308, and the unemployment rate was 5.90%. Manufacturing accounts for 12% of the riding's industry, followed by the service sector at 11%.
La Verendrye was a hotly contested riding between the Liberals and Conservatives in its earliest years. After 1922, it became dominated by the Progressives, who later became the Liberal-Progressives before resolving again into the Manitoba Liberal Party.
With the decline of the provincial Liberal Party in the 1970s, the riding became relatively safe for the Progressive Conservative party.
In 1999, Ron Lemieux became the first New Democrat to win the seat. He was re-elected in 2003 with almost 60% of the popular vote. It is still too early to tell if the riding has now become safe for the NDP.