Calgary Centre

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Calgary Centre
Flag of Alberta.svg Alberta electoral district
Federal electoral district
Legislature House of Commons
MP
 
 
 
Joan Crockatt
Conservative
District created 1966
First contested 1968
Last contested 2012
District webpage profile, map
Demographics
Population (2011)[1] 127,891
Electors (2012) 88,520
Area (km²)[2] 41.51
Pop. density (per km²) 3,081
Census divisions Division No. 6
Census subdivisions Calgary

Calgary Centre (formerly known as Calgary South Centre) is a federal electoral district in Alberta, Canada, that has been represented in the House of Commons of Canada since 1968. It is a 42 km² riding in the city of Calgary with 127,891 people. The riding consists of many young adults who have a relatively high average household income and education level. As the riding encompasses the downtown core and large swaths of apartment blocks in the communities west and south of downtown, Calgary Centre has a low home ownership rate compared to the rest of Canada.[when?]

The original Calgary Centre was created in 1966 from parts of the former electoral districts of Calgary North and Calgary South. This riding was abolished in the 2003 Representation Order when parts of it went to the neighbouring electoral districts of Calgary North Centre and Calgary West and to Calgary South Centre. The latter was renamed Calgary Centre in 2004. When it was created in 2003 (as Calgary South Centre), it included 70,972 people from the abolished district of Calgary Centre, 38,889 people from Calgary West and 7,578 from Calgary Southwest.

The riding was notable at the 2000 federal election when residents elected former Prime Minister Joe Clark, representing the Progressive Conservatives, making the riding one of the few areas in Alberta that did not elect a candidate from the Canadian Alliance.

Demographics[edit]

Ethnic groups (2006): 78.80% White, 5.89% Chinese, 2.76% Black, 2.44% Aboriginal, 2.29% South Asian, 2.05% Filipino, 1.21% Latin American, 1.09% Arab
Languages (2011): 73.19% English, 4.13% Chinese Languages, 2.09% French, 2.04% Spanish, 1.76% Tagalog, 1.21% Arabic, 1.21% Korean
Religions (2001): 32.63% Protestant, 24.52% Catholic, 2.23% Christian Orthodox, 4.88% Other Christian, 2.60% Muslim, 1.09% Jewish, 1.04% Buddhist, 30.14% No religion
Median income (2005): $30,729

Members of Parliament[edit]

This riding has elected the following members of the House of Commons of Canada:

Parliament Years Member Party
Calgary North and Calgary South prior to 1966
28th 1968–1972     Douglas Harkness Progressive Conservative
29th 1972–1974     Harvie Andre Progressive Conservative
30th 1974–1979
31st 1979–1980
32nd 1980–1984
33rd 1984–1988
34th 1988–1993
35th 1993–1997     Jim Silye Reform
36th 1997–2000     Eric Lowther Reform
2000     Canadian Alliance
37th 2000–2004     Joe Clark Progressive Conservative
38th 2004–2006     Lee Richardson Conservative
39th 2006–2008
40th 2008–2011
41st 2011–2012
2012–present     Joan Crockatt Conservative

Current Member of Parliament[edit]

This seat is held by Joan Crockatt, a former political consultant, journalist and newspaper columnist. Crockatt, a member of the Conservative Party of Canada, was elected in a 2012 by-election.

Election results[edit]

Calgary Centre, 2006–present[edit]

Canadian federal by-election, November 26, 2012: Calgary Centre
Party Candidate Votes % ±pp Expenditures
Conservative Joan Crockatt 10,191 36.87 -20.81 $95,251
Liberal Harvey Locke 9,033 32.68 +15.15 $97,025
Green Chris Turner 7,090 25.65 +15.74 $100,180
New Democratic Dan Meades 1,064 3.85 -11.01 $90,148
Independent Antoni Grochowski 141 0.51 $0
Libertarian Tony Prashad 121 0.44 $255
Total valid votes/Expense limit 27,640 100.00 $102,128.86
Total rejected ballots 92
Turnout 27,732 29.51
Eligible voters 93,984
Conservative hold Swing -35.96
By-election due to the resignation of Lee Richardson.
Source: "November 26, 2012 By-elections". Elections Canada. November 27, 2012. Retrieved 27 November 2012. 
Canadian federal election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ±pp Expenditures
Conservative Lee Richardson 28,401 57.68 +2.08 $80,989.16
Liberal Jennifer Pollock 8,631 17.53 -0.37 $52,961.24
New Democratic Donna Marlis Montgomery 7,314 14.86 +5.85 $0.00
Green William Hamilton 4,889 9.93 -6.64 $30,754.09
Total valid votes/Expense limit 49,235 100.00   $93,844.88
Total rejected ballots 261 0.53
Turnout 49,496 55.41
Eligible voters 89,322
     Conservative hold Swing +1.2


Canadian federal election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±pp Expenditures
Conservative Lee Richardson 26,085 55.60 +0.19 $72,165
Liberal Heesung Kim 8,402 17.90 -1.29 $34,321
Green Natalie Odd 7,778 16.57 +4.89 $29,509
New Democratic Tyler Kinch 4,229 9.01 -4.24 $9,881
Independent Antony Grochowski 420 0.89 * n/a
Total valid votes/Expense limit 46,914 100.00   $90,677
Total rejected ballots 228 0.48 -0.02
Turnout 47,142 53.16 -8.86
     Conservative hold Swing +0.7


Canadian federal election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ±pp Expenditures
Conservative Lee Richardson 30,213 55.41 +4.26 $82,276
Liberal Heesung Kim 10,464 19.19 -10.70 $36,623
New Democratic Brian Pincott 7,227 13.25 +4.76 $8,689
Green John Johnson 6,372 11.68 +176 $3,431
Canadian Action Trevor Grover 259 0.45 -0.08
Total valid votes 54,525 100.00  
Total rejected ballots 275 0.50 +0.11
Turnout 54,800 62.02 +4.48
     Conservative hold Swing +7.5

Calgary South Centre, 2004–2005[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ±pp Expenditures
Conservative Lee Richardson 26,192 51.15 -29.73 $78,167
Liberal Julia Turnbull 15,305 29.89 +16.69 $71,037
Green Phillip K. Liesemer 5,080 9.92 * $1,898
New Democratic Keith Purdy 4,350 8.49 +5.05 $4,667
Canadian Action Trevor Grover 274 0.53 * n/a
Total valid votes 51,201 100.00 - 6,041
Total rejected ballots 202 0.39 +0.02
Turnout 51,403 57.54 +0.76
     Conservative notional hold Swing -23.21

Results based on redistributed results. Conservative Party change is compared to a combination of Progressive Conservative Party and Canadian Alliance totals.

Calgary Centre, 1966–2003[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2000
Party Candidate Votes % ±pp Expenditures
Progressive Conservative Joe Clark 26,358 46.05 +27.49 $67,789
Alliance Eric Lowther 22,054 38.52 -1.55 $72,436
Liberal Joanne Levy 5,630 9.83 -22.80 $45,827
New Democratic Don LePan 1,604 2.80 -3.25 $1,780
Green Michael Alvarez-Toye 1,170 2.04 +0.25 $1,062
Independent Beverley Smith 293 0.51 * $5,223
Marxist–Leninist Margaret Peggy Askin 133 0.23 -0.10 $284
Total valid votes 57,242 100.00 +7,501
Total rejected ballots 213 0.37 -0.04
Turnout 57,455 56.78 -1.12
     Progressive Conservative gain from Reform Swing -14.5
Canadian federal election, 1997
Party Candidate Votes % ±pp Expenditures
Reform Eric Lowther 19,936 40.07 -4.69 $66,910
Liberal Bev Longstaff 16,231 32.63 +2.17 $64,840
Progressive Conservative Rob Gray 9,230 18.55 +3.81 $59,080
New Democratic Duncan Green 3,011 6.05 +1.55 $8,377
Green Andrea Welling 893 1.79 +0.82 $173
Natural Law Roni Shapka 273 0.54 -0.17 n/a
Marxist–Leninist Marg Askin 167 0.33 +0.15 $767
Total valid votes 49,741 100.00 -25
Total rejected ballots 206 0.41
Turnout 49,947 57.90
Canadian federal election, 1993
Party Candidate Votes % ±pp
Reform Jim Silye 22,276 44.76 +32.33
Liberal Bob Blair 15,157 30.46 +18.74
Progressive Conservative Sean O'Neil 7,334 14.74 -38.98
New Democratic Catherine McCreary 2,237 4.50 -15.52
National Peter Hoff 1,743 3.50 *
Green Rebecca Matiowsky 482 0.97 -0.28
Natural Law Annie Anderson 354 0.71 *
Canada Party Bruce Jackman 93 0.19 *
Marxist–Leninist Margaret Askin 90 0.18 -0.02
Total 49,766 100.00 -3,836
Canadian federal election, 1988
Party Candidate Votes % ±pp
Progressive Conservative Harvie Andre 28,794 53.72 -12.63
New Democratic Elaine Husband 10,731 20.02 +6.34
Reform John Hamilton 6,662 12.43 *
Liberal Bob Robinson 6,280 11.72 -4.13
Green Norman Conrad 670 1.25 -0.78
Libertarian John King 358 0.67 +0.19
No affiliation Marg Askin 107 0.20 *
Total 53,602 100.00 +16,040
Canadian federal election, 1984
Party Candidate Votes % ±pp
Progressive Conservative Harvie Andre 24,924 66.35 +8.96
Liberal Karen Gainer 5,955 15.85 -14.06
New Democratic Susan Keeley 5,138 13.68 +4.45
Green Glen Staples 761 2.03 *
Confederation of Regions Jean Ferguson 604 1.61 *
Libertarian Joseph Kyriakakis 180 0.48 *
Total 37,562 100.00 +5,136
Canadian federal election, 1980
Party Candidate Votes % ±pp
Progressive Conservative Harvie Andre 18,610 57.39 -1.71
Liberal George Ho Lem 9,698 29.91 +1.72
New Democratic David Jones 2,994 9.23 -1.71
Rhinoceros Willy Samoil 766 2.36 *
Social Credit Thomas Erhart 257 0.79 -0.60
Communist Casey Swann 58 0.18 -0.02
Marxist–Leninist Julie Northrup 43 0.13 -0.05
Total 32,426 100.00 - 5,010
Canadian federal election, 1979
Party Candidate Votes % ±pp
Progressive Conservative Harvie Andre 22,124 59.10 -4.05
Liberal Frances Wright 10,555 28.19 +1.90
New Democratic Bohdan Harasymiw 4,095 10.94 +2.79
Social Credit Thomas Erhart 522 1.39 -0.32
Communist Casey Swann 74 0.20 -0.25
Marxist–Leninist Julie Northrup 66 0.18 -0.06
Total 37,436 100.00 - 265
Canadian federal election, 1974
Party Candidate Votes % ±pp
Progressive Conservative Harvie Andre 23,810 63.15 +9.85
Liberal Frances Wright 9,912 26.29 -4.53
New Democratic George McGuire 3,072 8.15 -4.87
Social Credit Clifford Willmott 646 1.71 -0.83
Communist David Whitefield 170 0.45 *
Marxist–Leninist Dean Magel 91 0.24 *
Total 37,701 100.00  
Canadian federal election, 1972
Party Candidate Votes % ±pp
Progressive Conservative Harvie Andre 22,669 53.30 +6.23
Liberal Nick Taylor 13,110 30.82 -15.42
New Democratic David Jones 5,538 13.02 +6.33
Social Credit Clifford Willmott 1,081 2.54 *
No affiliation Frank Cottingham 80 0.19 *
No affiliation Colin Constant 53 0.12 *
Total 42,531 100.00  
Canadian federal election, 1968
Party Candidate Votes %
Progressive Conservative Douglas Harkness 16,977 47.07
Liberal Nick Taylor 16,676 46.24
New Democratic Margaret Jackson 2,413 6.69
Total 36,066 100.00

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