Calgary-Buffalo

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Calgary-Buffalo
Flag of Alberta.svg Alberta electoral district
CalgaryBuffalo in Calgary.jpg
2010 boundaries
Provincial electoral district
Legislature Legislative Assembly of Alberta
MLA
 
 
 
Kent Hehr
Liberal
District created 1971
First contested 1971
Last contested 2012

Calgary-Buffalo is a provincial electoral district for the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, Canada. It is currently represented by Liberal MLA Kent Hehr.

The riding comprises primarily the downtown core of the city of Calgary. The riding has broad demographic diversity, and comprises the most transient population in Alberta.

The riding contains a mix of corporate office towers, luxury apartment buildings, Chinatown in the north part of the riding and lower income apartments in the south along the Beltline community. The Liberals have won this riding six times, and the Progressive Conservatives six, while the Alberta Reform Movement was represented very briefly.

Due to the nature of the riding, candidates have a tougher time running a campaign in Calgary Buffalo, as traditional campaign methods have proven relatively ineffective — i.e., placement of lawn signs, door knocking, and voter identification have proven to be of limited usefulness.

The riding was created in 1971, largely out of the old Calgary Centre riding and a small portion of the eastern part of Calgary West.

History[edit]

The electoral district was created in the 1971 boundary redistribution out of parts of Calgary Centre, Calgary Victoria Park Calgary West. The district has shifted boundaries many times over the years but has always covered the downtown core of Calgary. The 2010 boundary redistribution saw significant changes. The electoral district lost a huge portion of land to Calgary-Currie on the west boundary when it was cut from 37 Street to 14 Street SW. The East Village neighborhood and Fort Calgary were moved into Calgary-Fort on the west side and the south boundary was pushed from 17 Avenue into Lower Mount Royal to run along approximately 19 Avenue in land that used to be in Calgary-Currie.

Boundary history[edit]

Representation history[edit]

Members of the Legislative Assembly for Calgary-Buffalo
Assembly Years Member Party
See Calgary Centre 1959-1971, Calgary Victoria Park 1967-1971
and Calgary West 1959-1971
17th 1971-1975 Ron Ghitter Progressive Conservative
18th 1975-1979
19th 1979-1980 Tom Sindlinger
1980-1982 Independent Conservative
1982 Alberta Reform Movement
20th 1982-1986 Brian Lee Progressive Conservative
21st 1986-1989 Sheldon Chumir Liberal
22nd 1989-1992
1992 Vacant
1992-1993 Gary Dickson Liberal
23rd 1993-1997
24th 1997-2001
25th 2001-2004 Harvey Cenaiko Progressive Conservative
26th 2004-2008
27th 2008-2012 Kent Hehr Liberal
28th 2012–present

The electoral district of Calgary-Buffalo was created in the boundary redistribution of 1971. The area it covered primarily consisted of three antecedent riding's Calgary Centre, Calgary Victoria Park and Calgary West. The riding primarily covers the City of Calgary's downtown core and belt line as well as some southwest inner city neighborhoods. The riding is one of Calgary's few swing ridings.

The Progressive Conservatives won the first election easily under Ron Ghitter who was later appointed to the Canadian Senate. The second member of the riding Tom Sindlinger who was elected in the 1979 general election. He was removed from the Progressive Conservative caucus on October 16, 1980 and sat as an Independent Conservative after calling for increased transparency with the Heritage Trust Fund.

Sindlinger formed the Alberta Reform Movement, a right wing party and became its leader on September 17, 1982. He was the first and only member of that party to form the Alberta Reform Movement caucus in the legislature. He was defeated in the 1982 general election in a landslide by Progressive Conservative Brian Lee.

Lee only held one term before being defeated by Liberal Sheldon Chumir in 1986. Chumir was re-elected with a landslide in 1989. He died on January 26, 1992. Liberal Gary Dickson won a by-election later that year and held the district for three terms before retiring.

The Progressive Conservatives won the seat back in 2001 with Harvey Cenaiko who was later given the cabinet portfolio of Solicitor General. He retired in 2008. Liberal candidate Kent Hehr won back the electoral district for his party in 2008. April 23, 2012, Kent Hehr was re-elected for a second term during the biggest percentage turnout of eligible voters since 1993.

Election results[edit]

1971 general election[edit]

1971 Alberta general election results[3] Turnout 66.33% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Progressive Conservative Ron Ghitter 5,705 46.35% *
     Social Credit Don Luzzi 5,238 42.56% *
     NDP Jane Summers 1,364 11.09% *
Total 12,307 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 72
18,664 Eligible Electors
     Progressive Conservative pickup new district Swing N/A

1975 general election[edit]

1975 Alberta general election results[4] Turnout 50.67% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Progressive Conservative Ron Ghitter 6,525 70.88% 24.53%
     Liberal Maria Eriksen 962 10.45% *
     NDP Paula Davies 877 9.53% -1.56% *
     Social Credit Norman Ashmead 786 8.54% -34.02% *
     Communist David Wallis 55 0.60% *
Total 9,205 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 26
18,219 Eligible Electors
     Progressive Conservative hold Swing 40.67%

1979 general election[edit]

1979 Alberta general election results[5] Turnout 42.18% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Progressive Conservative Tom Sindlinger 6,481 64.02% -6.86% *
     Social Credit Jim Rocker 1,432 14.15% 5.61% *
     Liberal Lloyd Hamilton 1,096 10.83% 0.38% *
     NDP Brian Rees 1,052 10.39% 0.86% *
     Communist David Wallis 62 0.61% 0.01%
Total 10,123 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 39
24,091 Eligible Electors
     Progressive Conservative hold Swing -6.24%

1982 general election[edit]

1982 Alberta general election results[6] Turnout 49.44% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Progressive Conservative Brian Lee 7,591 62.27% -1.75% *
     Alberta Reform Movement Tom Sindlinger 2,649 21.73% * -42.29%
     NDP Barry Pashak 1,211 9.93% -0.46% *
     Western Canada Concept Anita Bozak 739 6.07% *
Total 12,190 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 52
24,764 Eligible Electors
     Progressive Conservative pickup from Alberta Reform Movement Swing -22.02%

1986 general election[edit]

1986 Alberta general election results[7] Turnout 38.20% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Liberal Sheldon Chumir 5,242 52.84% *
     Progressive Conservative Brian Lee 3,437 34.64% -27.63%
     NDP George Chatsis 1,089 10.98% 1.05% *
     Representative Colin Svendsen 153 1.54% *
Total 9,921 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 30
26,048 Eligible Electors
     Liberal pickup from Progressive Conservative Swing 40.24%

1989 general election[edit]

1989 Alberta general election results[8] Turnout 43.60% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Liberal Sheldon Chumir 7,014 61.03% 8.19%
     Progressive Conservative Kate Thrasher 3,601 31.33% -3.31% *
     NDP Iain Dunbar 877 7.64% -3.34% *
Total 11,492 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 33
26,433 Eligible Electors
     Liberal hold Swing 5.75%

1992 by-election[edit]

July 21, 1992 by-election results[9] Turnout 33.23% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Liberal Gary Dickson 4,636 53.89% -7.14% *
     NDP Elaine Husband 2,185 25.40% 17.76% *
     Progressive Conservative Rod Love 1,312 15.25% -16.08% *
     Confederation of Regions Joseph Babineau 268 3.12% *
Greens Sol Candel 201 2.34% *
Total 8,602 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 47
26,029 Eligible Electors
     Liberal hold Swing -12.45%

The by-election held on July 21, 1992 was called on the death of Liberal MLA Sheldon Chumir on January 26, 1992.

1993 general election[edit]

1993 Alberta general election results[10] Turnout 45.53% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Liberal Gary Dickson 4,826 45.54% -8.35%
     Progressive Conservative Steven Yu 4,313 40.70% 25.45% *
     NDP Israel Lachovsky 1,062 10.02% -15.38% *
Greens Rebecca Matiowsky 212 2.00% -0.34% *
     Natural Law Ralph Holt 185 1.74% *
Total 10,598 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 74
23,439, Eligible Electors
     Liberal hold Swing -16.90%

1997 general election[edit]

1997 Alberta general election results[11] Turnout 41.24% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Liberal Gary Dickson 4,310 45.91% 0.37%
     Progressive Conservative Terri-Lynn Bradford 4,115 43.84% 3.14% *
     NDP Neil McKinnon 547 5.83% -4.19% *
     Social Credit Raymond Neilson 300 3.20% *
     Natural Law Ralph Holt 115 1.22% -0.52%
Total 9,387 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 68
22,929, Eligible Electors
     Liberal hold Swing 1.76%

2001 general election[edit]

2001 Alberta general election results[12] Turnout 41.77% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Progressive Conservative Harvey Cenaiko 5,582 54.18% 10.34% *
     Liberal Brian Edy 4,135 40.13% -5.78% *
     NDP Neil McKinnon 473 4.59% -1.24%
     Social Credit Dave Schwartz 113 1.10% -2.10% *
Total 10,303 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 74
24,844, Eligible Electors
     Progressive Conservative pickup from Liberal Swing 8.06%

2004 general election[edit]

2004 Alberta general election results[13] Turnout 31.72% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Progressive Conservative Harvey Cenaiko 3,365 43.53% -10.65%
     Liberal Terry Taylor 2,815 36.42% -3.71% *
Greens Grant Neufeld 670 8.67% *
     NDP Cliff Hesby 457 5.91% 1.32% *
     Alberta Alliance Nadine Hunka 294 3.80% *
     Social Credit Elizabeth Fielding 73 0.94% -0.16% *
     Alberta Party Carl Schwartz 56 0.73% *
Total 7,730 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 100
24,689 Eligible Electors
     Progressive Conservative hold Swing -7.18%

2008 general election[edit]

2008 Alberta general election results[14] Turnout 27.35% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Liberal Kent Hehr 4,583 48.83% 12.42% *
     Progressive Conservative Sean Chu 3,646 38.85% -4.68% *
Greens Stephen Ricketts 611 6.51% -2.16% *
     NDP Robert Lawrence 387 4.12% -1.79% *
     Social Credit Antoni Grochowski 158 1.69% 0.75% *
Total 9,385 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 218
35,122 Eligible Electors
     Liberal pickup from Progressive Conservative Swing 8.55%

2012 general election[edit]

2012 Alberta general election Turnout 50.37% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Liberal Kent Hehr 4,744 42.02% % +161
     Progressive Conservative Jamie Lall 3,505 30.61% % *
     Wildrose Mike Blanchard 2,413 20.31% % *
     NDP Rebecca Eras 541 4.95% 71.5% *
     Alberta Party Cory Mack 230 2.11% % *
Total '11,433 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined '
Eligible Electors
     Liberal Hold Swing %

Senate nominee results[edit]

2004 Senate Nominee election district results[edit]

2004 Senate nominee election results: Calgary-Buffalo[15] Turnout 31.76%
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Votes % Ballots Rank
     Progressive Conservative Bert Brown 2,743 15.18% 45.37% 1
     Progressive Conservative Jim Silye 2,393 13.24% 39.59% 5
     Progressive Conservative Betty Unger 2,177 12.05% 36.01% 2
     Independent Link Byfield 2,134 11.81% 35.30% 4
     Progressive Conservative Cliff Breitkreuz 2,104 11.64% 34.81% 3
     Independent Tom Sindlinger 1,774 9.82% 29.35% 9
     Progressive Conservative David Usherwood 1,539 8.52% 25.46% 6
     Alberta Alliance Vance Gough 1,159 6.41% 19.17% 8
     Alberta Alliance Michael Roth 1,055 5.84% 17.45% 7
     Alberta Alliance Gary Horan 994 5.49% 16.44% 10
Total Votes 18,072 100%
Total Ballots 6,045 2.99 Votes Per Ballot
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 1,796
24,689 Eligible Electors

Voters had the option of selecting 4 Candidates on the Ballot

2012 Senate Nominee election district results[edit]

Plebiscite results[edit]

1971 Daylight Saving Plebiscite[edit]

Do you favour province-wide Daylight Saving Time?
For Against
9,363   76.80% 2,828   23.20%
Province wide result: Passed

Student Vote results[edit]

2004 election[edit]

Participating Schools[16]
Almadina ESL Charter School
National Sport School
Sacred Heart School

On November 19, 2004 a Student Vote was conducted at participating Alberta schools to parallel the 2004 Alberta general election results. The vote was designed to educate students and simulate the electoral process for persons who have not yet reached the legal majority. The vote was conducted in 80 of the 83 provincial electoral districts with students voting for actual election candidates. Schools with a large student body that reside in another electoral district had the option to vote for candidates outside of the electoral district then where they were physically located.

2004 Alberta Student Vote results[17]
Affiliation Candidate Votes %
     Liberal Terry Taylor 62 34.44%
Greens Grant Neufeld 32 17.78%
     Progressive Conservative Harvey Cenaiko 22 12.22%
     New Democrat Cliff Hesby 18 10.00%
     Alberta Alliance Nadine Hunka 16 8.89%
     Alberta Party Carl Schwartz 16 8.89%
     Social Credit Elizabeth Fielding 14 7.78%
Total 180 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 7

2012 election[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "E‑4.1". Statutes of the Province of Alberta. Government of Alberta. 2003. p. 7. 
  2. ^ "Bill 28 Electoral Divisions Act". Legislative Assembly of Alberta. 2010. 
  3. ^ "Calgary-Buffalo Official Results 1971 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved March 3, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Calgary-Buffalo Official Results 1975 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved March 3, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Calgary-Buffalo Official Results 1979 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved March 3, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Calgary-Buffalo Official Results 1982 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved March 3, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Calgary-Buffalo Official Results 1986 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved March 3, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Calgary-Buffalo Official Results 1989 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved March 3, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Calgary-Buffalo By-election results". Elections Alberta. July 21, 1992. Retrieved March 3, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Calgary-Buffalo Official Results 1993 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved March 3, 2010. 
  11. ^ "1997 General Election". Elections Alberta. Retrieved January 26, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Calgary-Buffalo Official Results 2001 Alberta general election". Elections Alberta. Retrieved March 3, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Calgary-Buffalo Statement of Official Results 2004 Alberta general election". Elections Alberta. Retrieved March 3, 2010. 
  14. ^ The Report on the March 3, 2008 Provincial General Election of the Twenty-seventh Legislative Assembly. Elections Alberta. July 28, 2008. pp. 178–180. 
  15. ^ "Senate Nominee Election 2004 Tabulation of Official Results". Elections Alberta. Retrieved February 28, 2010. 
  16. ^ "School by School results". Student Vote Canada. Retrieved 2008-04-18. [dead link]
  17. ^ "Riding by Riding Results - the Candidates". Student Vote Canada. Retrieved 2008-04-19. [dead link]

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