Whereas Fort Rouge had a 63% turnout in 2007, Wellington candidates inspired 46.11% of their voters to show up. And, that was in the middle of a major headline generating Wellington controversy! The NDP (full disclosure – I have been an off-and-on member, though I’ve voted more often Green and Marijuana Party) not only fielded winner Flor Marcelino, but also managed to generate two (2!) independent candidates who ran against their own party! All the excitement drove people to the polls that year, with turnout up from 44.47% to 46.11%!!!
Look at the maps for old Wellington and new Wellington. Is it me or has this constituency dramatically changed? I’m wondering if we can’t change it further and add the rest of Broadway-Assiniboine and the Exchange District and finally have an urban, Downtown jurisdiction?