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About Regina-Wascana

 

BWcwUw0S_400x400.jpgRegina-Wascana Electoral District Association
PO Box 40006 Grasslands PO, Regina, SK
S4W 0B0

 

Members

Our Association is comprised of a diverse collection of ordinary hardworking Canadian citizens who believe in basic conservative principles and family values.

District Profile

Every 10 years, after the census is conducted, the number of electoral districts and their boundaries are revised to reflect population shifts and growth. Electoral boundaries commissions operate independently in each province to propose new boundaries, consult with Canadians and create the new electoral map for their province. The 2012 redistribution exercise came to an end on October 1, 2013, when the Governor in Council proclaimed the new representation order.

The new Regina-Wascana electoral district is only a small geographical fraction of it's former self. As Regina City has grown significantly over the years, the electoral district has been reduced to primarily an urban riding only with an estimated population of 77,208.

The District was previously held by Larry Schneider (Progressive Conservative) from 1988 to 1993. It was renamed to "Wascana" and was created in 1996 from Regina-Qu'Appelle and Regina-Wascana ridings. It has been held by Liberal the Hon. Mr. Ralph Goodale, the current Minister of Public Safety, since its inception. The representation order of 2013 renamed the District to it's previous name of "Regina-Wascana".

   2016 Census Regina-Wascana Saskatchewan
Millennials 20-35 years 30% 27%
Gen X 35-54 years 32% 33%
Boomer 55-74 years 25% 28%
Senior 75-100+ years 13% 13%
       
  Home Owners 62% 78%

 

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First Nations University of Canada 

 

 

Canada Day Celebrations on Wascana Lake

Early History

The name "Wascana" is derived from the Cree words Oskana ka asateki meaning "the bones that are piled together" in reference to the enormous bison bone mound of spiritual significance beside Wascana Creek. It was believed that bison bones attracted bison which would always come in abundance to a large pile. The site, near the present day Saskatchewan Legislative Building, was used by Cree and Plains First Nations in order to corral plains bison and process the meat and fur. Métis and non-indigenous people also began using this site. The first Métis settlement at the site was called "Tas d'Os" in French or later "Pile O' Bones" in English.

In June 1882, the first European settlers set up camp near the present Wascana Creek.  Under the Dominion Lands Act, new homesteaders could claim 160 acres of land for just $10. The Pile O' Bones settlement grew quickly because the surrounding land was fertile and flat. With the introduction of agriculture, the bones piles across the prairies disappeared, ground into fertilizer.

The first residents lived in tents or small shacks, despite temperatures of -40° C in the winter and more than +40° C in the summer. There were no paved streets, sidewalks or roads. Cattle, horses and other livestock often wandered the streets. Despite the harsh winters and sun-baked summers, the small settlement grew into a town.

"Pile O' Bones" wasn't a suitable name for a town. So in late 1882, it was given a proper "regal" name. It became "Regina" in honour of the reigning monarch, Queen Victoria. The Queen's daughter, Princess Louise, suggested the name. She was the wife of the Marquis of Lorne, Canada's Governor-General at the time. "Regina" is Latin for queen, making our present monarch Elizabeth Regina. That's why Regina is often called the Queen City.

The North West Mounted Police (now the Royal Canadian Mounted Police or RCMP) were formed in 1873 to police the western territories. In 1882 they moved their headquarters from Fort Walsh to Regina. In 1920 the headquarters moved to Ottawa but the RCMP Training Academy remains in Regina to this day.

In 1883, Regina became the capital of the North West Territories, a land mass larger than present day Europe. It included part of Manitoba, all of Saskatchewan and Alberta, the present northern territories, and northern parts of Ontario and Quebec. The capital had been at Battlefords but it was felt that the settlement was too far away from the railway.

As the town grew, more and more businesses moved in. Regina soon had a newspaper, postal service, churches, schools, and fire and police protection. On December 1, 1883, Regina officially became a town and Dr. David Scott was elected its first mayor 5 weeks later.

It's hard to imagine early Regina. There were no cars. The streets were still unpaved and turned to mud when it rained. Bread sold for 25 cents a loaf while wood cost $12 a load. Water had to be hauled from the creek for 50 cents a barrel.

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Consisting of those parts of the City of Regina and the Rural Municipality of Sherwood No. 159 described as follows: commencing at the intersection of Albert Street (Highway No. 6) and Highway No. 1; thence northerly along Albert Street to the Canadian Pacific Railway; thence generally northeasterly along said railway to the easterly limit of the City of Regina; thence southerly along said limit to Highway No. 1; thence easterly along said highway to the easterly limit of the Rural Municipality of Sherwood No. 159; thence southerly along said limit to Fifth Base Line; thence westerly along Fifth Base Line to the southerly limit of the City of Regina; thence westerly along said limit to Highway No. 1; thence westerly along said highway to the point of commencement.


 

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 Downtown Regina-Wascana


Our Association is comprised of a diverse collection of ordinary hardworking Canadian citizens who believe in basic conservative principles and family values. 

Some of our policies and values extracted from The Conservative Party of Canada Policy Declaration: POLICY

But, we'll always need your participation and help. Whatever your experience, there is always a place for you on our Regina-Wascana Conservative Team!

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