Canadian federal election results in Calgary

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This is page shows results of Canadian federal elections in the city of Calgary.

Regional profile

Calgary is, by far, the most conservative major city in Canada. This political leaning goes back to the days prior to Alberta's creation as a province, when what was to become Southern Alberta (the Kickinghorse Pass) was selected over Central Alberta (Yellowhead Pass) for the route of the new Canadian Pacific Railway under the auspices of Prime Minister John A. Macdonald. Only three Liberals have ever been elected to the federal parliament from Calgary ridings, the most recent being Patrick Morgan Mahoney in 1968.

Like rural Alberta, Calgary has always gone for the most right-wing party on the ballot since the 1993 election, with one exception: Joe Clark in Calgary Centre in 2000, with his notability of being a former prime minister and the controversy of Stockwell Day's stances on same-sex marriage being an issue that caused many voters in that riding to turn away from the Canadian Alliance candidate Eric Lowther and support Mr. Clark instead. With Clark having retired by the next election, Calgary returned to a Conservative sweep in 2004, 2006, 2008, and 2011. The Conservatives won an outright majority of the votes cast in each Calgary riding from 2004 to 2011, with vote-splitting of the residual minority of the vote among the Liberals/NDP/Green party causing none of the races to even be close.

This trend was broken in the November 26, 2012 Calgary Centre by-election, where Liberal Harvey Locke made a formidable showing, capturing nearly 33% of the vote, leaving Conservative Joan Crockatt to capture the riding with just under 37% of the vote, well short of a majority. Nonetheless, anything besides a Conservative sweep in the next federal election would be considered an upset. The Liberals have increasing support, especially in the centre, and the recent seat re-distributions have made several ridings, such as Calgary Centre, contestable. In July 2014 Kent Hehr, the popular Liberal MLA for Calgary-Buffalo, announced his intention to seek the federal Liberal nomination in Calgary Centre. Meanwhile, the New Democratic Party have similar overall levels of support as the Liberals, while the Green Party are stronger in Calgary than most other areas, and could finish ahead of the Liberals or NDP in some ridings (as is sometimes the case in Rural Alberta).

Conservative support is strongest in Calgary Southwest and Calgary Southeast, two of the most affluent and ethnically homogeneous Calgary ridings where Conservative support routinely tops 70%. The visible minority communities in Calgary are clustered in the ridings of Calgary Northeast and Calgary East, however these two ridings routinely suffer from abysmally low voter turnout levels (among the lowest in urban Canada).

Unlike the other urban centres in the prairies (Edmonton, Saskatoon, Regina, and Winnipeg), all of the Calgary ridings are entirely within the city limits.

2004 ELECTION RESULTS CITY OF CALGARY
Party Votes %
     Conservative 232,796 60.9
     Liberal 88,133 23.1
     N.D.P. 30,050 7.9
Green 28,631 7.5
     Canadian Action 880 0.2
     Marijuana 516 0.1
     Marxist-Leninist 271 0.1
     Communist 245 0.1
     Christian Heritage 229 0.1
     Independents 380 0.1
Total 382,131

2011 - 41at General Election

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Electoral District Candidates   Incumbent
  Conservative   Liberal   NDP   Green   Other
Calgary Centre Lee Richardson
28,401
Jennifer Pollock
8,631
Donna Marlis Montgomery
7,314
William Hamilton
4,889
Lee Richardson
Calgary Centre-North Michelle Rempel
28,443
Stephen Randall
7,144
Paul Vargis
8,030
Heather MacIntosh
6,558
Peggy Askin (M-L)
209
Vacant
Calgary East Deepak Obhrai
23,372
Josipa Petrunic
4,102
Al Brown
4,894
Scott W. Milton
2,047
Jason Devine (Comm.)
246
Deepak Obhrai
Calgary Northeast Devinder Shory
23,556
Cam Stewart
11,466
Colette Singh
4,252
Sheila Brown-Eckersley
1,949
Daniel Blanchard (M-L)
204
Devinder Shory
Calgary—Nose Hill Diane Ablonczy
40,392
Margaret McLeod
6,502
Collin Anderson
7,167
Tony Hajj
3,479
Diane Ablonczy
Calgary Southeast Jason Kenney
48,206
Brian MacPhee
4,020
Kirk Oates
6,493
Brett Spencer
4,079
Antoni Grochowski (Ind.)
224
Jason Kenney
Paul Fromm (WBP)
190
Calgary Southwest Stephen Harper
42,998
Marlene Lamontagne
4,121
Holly Heffernan
6,823
Kelly Christie
2,991
Larry R. Heather (Ind.)
303
Stephen Harper
Calgary West Robert Anders
39,996
Janice Kinch
11,374
Shawna Knowles
6,679
Anna Lisa Wagner
6,070
André Vachon (M-L)
227
Robert Anders

2008 - 40th General Election

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Electoral District Candidates   Incumbent
  Conservative   Liberal   NDP   Green   Other
Calgary Centre Lee Richardson

25,302

Heesung Kim

8,235

Tyler Kinch

4,204

Natalie Odd

7,661

Tony Grochowski (IND) 413 Lee Richardson
Calgary Centre-North Jim Prentice

27,371

Doug James

5,699

John Chan

7,417

Eric Donovan

7,403

Jason McNeil (Libert.) 345
Peggy Askin (M-L) 184
Jim Prentice
Calgary East Deepak Obhrai

21,311

Bernie Kennedy

3,255

Ian Vaughan

3,768

Nathan David Coates

3,403

Jason Devine (Communist) 323 Deepak Obhrai
Calgary Northeast Devinder Shory

18,917

Sanam Kang

7,435

Vinay Dey

3,279

Abeed Monty Ahmad

2,035

Roger Richard (NA) 4,837
Daniel Blanchard (M-L) 211
Art Hanger
Calgary—Nose Hill Diane Ablonczy

35,029

Anoush Newman

6,653

Stephanie Sundberg

3,953

Tony Hajj

4,669

Diane Ablonczy
Calgary Southeast Jason Kenney

41,322

Brad Carroll

4,880

Chris Willott

4,024

Margaret Chandler

5,744

Jason Kenney
Calgary Southwest Stephen Harper

38,545

Marlene LaMontagne

4,918

Holly Heffernan

4,119

Kelly Christie

4,732

Dennis Young (Libert.) 304
Larry R. Heather (CHP) 256
Stephen Harper
Calgary West Rob Anders

34,490

Jennifer Pollock

13,198

Teale Phelps Bondaroff

3,832

Randy Weeks

6,722

Kirk Schmidt (Ind.) 1,790
André Vachon (M-L) 155
Rob Anders

2006 - 39th General Election

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Electoral District Candidates   Incumbent
  Liberal   Conservative   NDP   Green   Other
Calgary Centre Heesung Kim

10,464

Lee Richardson

30,213

Brian Pincott

7,227

John Johnson

6,372

Trevor Grover (CAP)

250

Lee Richardson
Calgary Centre-North Matthew Moody

7,628

Jim Prentice

31,174

John Chan

9,341

Mark Andrew MacGillivray

6,573

Margaret Peggy Askin (M-L) 194
Doug Dokis (FPNP) 206
James S. Kohut (CAP) 168
Michael Falconer (Ind.) 383
Jim Prentice
Calgary East Dobie To

5,410

Deepak Obhrai

26,766

Patrick Arnell

4,338

Mark Taylor

2,954

Jason Devine (Comm.) 239
Ghazanfar Khan (CAP) 183
Deepak Obhrai
Calgary Northeast Jaswinder Johal

9,241

Art Hanger

27,169

Tyler Ragan

3,284

Trung Nguyen

1,833

Ron Sanderson (Ind.)

364

Art Hanger
Calgary—Nose Hill Ted Haney

9,443

Diane Ablonczy

37,815

Bruce Kaufman

4,385

Juliet Burgess

3,573

  Diane Ablonczy
Calgary Southeast James Ludwar

6,193

Jason Kenney

44,987

Eric Leavitt

4,584

Gus Gutoski

4,076

  Jason Kenney
Calgary Southwest Michael Swanson

6,553

Stephen Harper

41,549

Holly Heffernan

4,628

Kim Warnke

4,407

Larry Heather
(CHP) 279
Logan Marshall
(Mar.)
Stephen Harper
Calgary West Jennifer Pollock

14,328

Rob Anders

38,020

Teale Phelps Bondaroff

5,370

Danielle Roberts

6,653

André Vachon (M-L) 125
Tim Cayzer (CAP) 265
Rob Anders

2004 - 38th General Election

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  1. Calgary East
  2. Calgary Centre-North
  3. Calgary North
  4. Calgary-Nose Hill
  5. Calgary Centre
  6. Calgary Southeast
  7. Calgary Southwest
  8. Calgary West

2000 - 37th General Election

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