APTN National News
During the election, APTN will be profiling 51 ridings the Assembly of First Nations say Aboriginal voters can make a difference.
Riding: Dauphin-Swan River-Neepawa
Incumbent Conservative Robert Sopuck was first elected to Parliament in a 2010 by-election for Dauphin-Swan River-Marquette.
In the 2011 general election, Sopuck took 63 % of the vote and beat out runner up NDP candidae Cheryl Osborne by nearly 11,000 votes.
The riding is now called Dauphin Swan River-Neepawa.
This is Laverne Lewycky’s 5th time running for a seat in the House of Commons.
The NDPer worked behind the scenes for the party starting in 1980.
In 1974 he started his run at Parliament representing Dauphin, winning once in 1980, and being defeated three times.
Liberal Ray Piché is a 21 year veteran of the RCMP. After serving in Regina and Ottawa, Piché settled in Manitoba. The former Mountie isn’t new to politics. According to his website, he served briefly as a municipal councilor in the town of Emerson.
According to the Green’s website, candidate Kate Storey is an organic farmer, ecologist and community advocate who graduated from the University of Manitoba with a degree in Botany, researching the effect of human activity on the habitat of Manitoba’s woodland caribou herd.
The riding includes the Waywayseecappo First Nation and the Sioux Valley Dakota Nation