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The Pas (electoral district)
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.
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 west 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. The riding includes the communities of The Pas, Easterville and Norway House .
The riding's population in 1996 was 19,449. As of 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 is now considered safe for the party. The current MLA is Oscar Lathlin, who was re-elected with over 65% of the vote in 2003.
List of provincial representatives
|Name||Party||Took Office||Left Office|
|Francis Bud Jobin||Lib-Prog||1949||1958|