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Letter: Article about voter participation in Churchill-Keewatinook Aski contained errors, former MP points out

Original online version of the article misstated the number of elections since 1997 in which under 20,000 residents voted.
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Former NDP MP for Churchill Rod Muprhy says an article about election turnout in this region in the Sept. 20 federal election was full of factual errors.

To the Editor:

Your column “Election 2021 takeaway: most Northern Manitobans can’t be bothered with democracy” on voter participation is full of factual errors. For example: there were more than 20,000 votes cast in 1984, and less than 20,000 in 2004 and 2008.  As for claiming the Conservatives had their highest percentage of the vote since 2011 . . . that is a very low bar to hurdle.

Rod Muphy

Former Churchill NDP MP

Setting Lake


Editor’s note: the original web version of the article “Election 2021 takeaway: most Northern Manitobans can’t be bothered with democracy,” which first appeared online Sept. 21, mistakenly said that there had only been one other election since 1997 apart from Monday’s in which fewer than 20,000 residents of the riding voted and that the last time it happened was in 2004. There were actually two: in 2004 and 2008 and the correct information appears in the print and updated online versions. The article made no statements about the 1984 election, nor did it claim that reaching the highest percentage of votes for a Conservative candidate was a high bar to clear.