Election 2011: rabble.ca has chosen 10 key ridings across Canada for progressives to watch in the run-up to the May 2 vote, and asked local writers to assess them. The profiles highlight why the riding is important and issues local campaigns are focused on.
Winnipeg North is one of the hottest seats in Canada right now, with the NDP gunning hard to win back a traditionally NDP seat.
When Judy Wasylycia-Leis stepped down as an MP to take on Winnipeg's pro-business mayor, Sam Katz, the NDP dropped the ball with rookie Kevin Chief -- widely expected to win in the byelection of March 2009. The seat went instead to seasoned Liberal candidate Kevin Lamoureux, by a 900-vote margin, dropping the federal NDP from 37 to 36 seats.