'Indigenous Rock the Vote' claims victory as Winnipeg Centre turnout soars
Preliminary numbers from Elections Canada for Winnipeg Centre show nearly 61 per cent of voters cast a ballot in Monday's federal election.
That's a 26 per cent increase over the 2011 federal election voter participation rate of 48.2 per cent.
Indigenous Rock the Vote is claiming some of the credit for that increase. About 17 per cent of residents in Winnipeg Centre are aboriginal, according to the last census. The volunteer-run organization, which grew out of Idle No More, held awareness campaigns and mobilized voters in Winnipeg's inner city throughout the campaign.