Merry Christmas to all my readers. The first six months here at Donald Street have been good fun and I look forward to more in the new year.
Here’s what I wrote about the new Wellington this summer:
“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 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?”
We’ve given away the space between McPhillips and Weston and shifted more of the Spence Neighborhood to Minto and now almost 100% of the Broadway-Assiniboine neighborhood finds itself in Logan (only Kennedy is out). So, what was said above holds: this new division is primed to be dominated by the soutern half apartment dwelling urbanites. Could be an interesting seat to watch next time.