The riding is named after the Inkster family, who were prominent local figures at the time of the province's creation in 1870. John Inkster was a member of Louis Riel's provisional government, while Colin Inkster was a member of the province's Legislative Council (which existed from 1871 to 1876).
There were 19,246 persons living in the riding in 1996. Inkster has a broad range of income levels and a strong working-class presence (the manufacturing sector accounting for 23% of industry in 1999). Census reports from 1999 show an average family income of $51,274, with 8.10% unemployment.
Inkster has the third-largest immigrant population of all ridings in the province, at over 30% of the total population. 21% of the riding's residents are Filipino, 6% are Ukrainian, and 5% are East Indian. Only 4% of the population is above age 65.
Like many other north-end Winnipeg ridings, Inkster has traditionally supported the New Democratic Party and its predecessor, the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation, although maverick Liberal Kevin Lamoureux has represented the riding for all but four years since 1988. It is not clear that the Liberal Party will be able to retain the riding after Lamoureux retires.
|Name||Party||Took Office||Left Office|
|Morris A. Gray||CCF||1958||1961|
|Kevin Lamoureux (2nd time)||Lib||2003||present|