Edmonton-Centre

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Edmonton-Centre
Flag of Alberta.svg Alberta electoral district
EdmontonCentre in Edmonton.jpg
2010 boundaries
Provincial electoral district
Legislature Legislative Assembly of Alberta
MLA
 
 
 
Laurie Blakeman
Liberal
District created 1957
First contested 1959
Last contested 2008

Edmonton-Centre formerly styled Edmonton Centre from 1959 to 1971 is a provincial electoral district for the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, Canada. Created in 1957 and first contested in 1959. The district is the oldest active provincial riding in Edmonton.

History[edit]

The electoral district of Edmonton-Centre was created in the 1957 boundary redistribution that saw the riding's of Edmonton and Calgary broken up into single member electoral districts when the province reintroduced first past the post.

The 2010 boundary redistribution kept the riding mostly the same as 2003 except for a realignment on the eastern boundary where it was pushed back to 104 Street instead of completely running along 97 Street like it did before the change.

Boundary history[edit]

Electoral history[edit]

Members of the Legislative Assembly for Edmonton-Centre
Assembly Years Member Party
See Edmonton electoral district from 1921-1959
14th 1959–1963 Ambrose Holowach Social Credit
15th 1963–1967
16th 1967–1971
17th 1971–1975 Gordon Miniely Progressive Conservative
18th 1975–1979
19th 1979–1982 Mary LeMessurier
20th 1982–1986
21st 1986–1989 William Roberts NDP
22nd 1989–1993
23rd 1993–1997 Michael Henry Liberal
24th 1997–2001 Laurie Blakeman
25th 2001–2004
26th 2004–2008
27th 2008–present

The electoral district of Edmonton-Centre is currently the oldest continuous active provincial electoral district in the city of Edmonton. It has a long history going back to 1959 when the single transferable vote super districts of Edmonton and Calgary were abolished in favor of single member districts.

Over the years, candidates from four different parties have been elected in the district without being able to return after being defeated. From 1959 to 1986 the riding returned MLA's sitting with governing parties in Alberta while the later years past 1986 MLA's have been returned from the official opposition.

The first elected MLA was Social Credit candidate Ambrose Holowach who had previously served as a Member of Parliament sitting with the federal wing of Social Credit from 1953-1958. Holowach was re-elected twice more and served a ministerial portfolio as Provincial Secretary in the governments of Ernest Manning and Harry Strom from 1962 to 1971.

The 1971 election would bring great change to the province and to Edmonton-Centre. Holowach did not run for re-election and the riding was won by Progressive Conservative candidate Gordon Miniely. His party would form government for the first time that year and Miniely would serve in the Peter Lougheed cabinet until he retired from office after his second term in 1979.

Mary LeMessurier would be the third elected representative of the riding. First elected in 1979 she would also be appointed to cabinet like her two predecessors before her. She served as Minister of Culture in the Lougheed government and kept her portfolio briefly after Don Getty became Premier in 1985. She would run for re-election in 1986 but face a stunning defeat by NDP candidate William Roberts.

The NDP party would form the official opposition after electing a record size caucus in 1986. Roberts held his office for two terms before retiring in 1993. That election saw the NDP vote collapse in the district and across the province with NDP candidate Kay Hurtig finishing third place.

After the NDP defeat from opposition in 1993 and the surge of the Liberal party under Laurence Decore the district became a Liberal stronghold, with Michael Henry becoming the first MLA for his party. Henry did not run a second term in office in the 1997 election. The new Liberal candidate was Laurie Blakeman who held the district with a reduced majority. She currently represents the riding in her fourth term.

Legislature results[edit]

1959 general election[edit]

1959 Alberta general election results[2] Turnout 54.75% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Social Credit Ambrose Holowach 3,912 46.74% *
     Progressive Conservative Gerard Amerongen 2,185 26.10% *
     Liberal Laurette Douglas 1,684 20.12% *
     Co-operative Commonwealth Robert Atkin 589 7.04% *
Total 8,370 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 38
15,357 Eligible Electors
     Social Credit pickup new district Swing N/A

1963 general election[edit]

1963 Alberta general election results[3] Turnout 46.70% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Social Credit Ambrose Holowach 3,378 47.70% 0.96%
     Progressive Conservative Gerard Amerongen 1,492 21.07% -5.03%
     Liberal Joseph Tannous 1,219 17.21% -2.91% *
     NDP Alex Szchechina 993 14.02% 6.98% *
Total 7,082 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 21
15,211 Eligible Electors
     Social Credit hold Swing 3.00%

1967 general election[edit]

1967 Alberta general election results[4] Turnout 50.56% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Social Credit Ambrose Holowach 3,146 39.53% -8.17%
     Progressive Conservative Harold Veale 2,558 32.14% 11.07% *
     NDP Henry Tomaschuk 1,313 16.50% 2.48% *
     Liberal Joseph Tannous 747 9.39% -7.82%
     Independent Pat O'Hara 194 2.44% *
Total 7,958 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 83
15,904 Eligible Electors
     Social Credit hold Swing -9.62%

1971 general election[edit]

1971 Alberta general election results[5] Turnout 69.72% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Progressive Conservative Gordon Miniely 5,281 58.48% 26.34% *
     Social Credit Gerry Mulhall 2,622 29.03% -10.50% *
     NDP Linda Gaboury 931 10.31% -6.19% *
     Liberal Leonard Stahl 197 2.18% -7.21% *
Total 9,031 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 38
13,008 Eligible Electors
     Progressive Conservative pickup from Social Credit Swing 18.42%

1975 general election[edit]

1975 Alberta general election results[6] Turnout 47.40% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Progressive Conservative Gordon Miniely 3,996 62.08% 3.60%
     NDP Barry Roberts 1,125 17.48% 7.17% *
     Liberal Ed Molstad 930 14.45% 12.27% *
     Social Credit Gerry Beck 386 5.99% -23.04% *
Total 6,437 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 30
13,645 Eligible Electors
     Progressive Conservative hold Swing 5.39%

1979 general election[edit]

1979 Alberta general election results[7] Turnout 47.54% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Progressive Conservative Mary LeMessurier 4,550 54.39% -7.69% *
     NDP Harry Midgley 2,273 27.17% 9.69% *
     Social Credit Robert Dunseith 838 10.02% 4.03% *
     Liberal Leonard Stahl 704 8.42% -6.03% *
Total 8,365 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 32
17,665 Eligible Electors
     Progressive Conservative hold Swing -8.69%

1982 general election[edit]

1982 Alberta general election results[8] Turnout 61.52% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Progressive Conservative Mary LeMessurier 5,414 49.90% -4.49%
     NDP Iain Taylor 3,578 32.98% 5.81% *
     Liberal Brian McKercher 849 7.82% -0.60% *
     Western Canada Concept Larry McIlroy 812 7.48% *
     Social Credit Lawlor McKenna 197 1.82% -8.20% *
Total 10,850 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 39
17,665 Eligible Electors
     Progressive Conservative hold Swing -5.15%

1986 general election[edit]

1986 Alberta general election results[9] Turnout 47.12% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     NDP William Roberts 3,976 42.03% 9.05% *
     Progressive Conservative Mary LeMessurier 3,816 40.33% -9.57%
     Liberal Douglas Haydock 1,384 14.63% 6.81% *
     Western Canada Concept Fred Marshall 182 1.92% -5.56% *
     Independent Leonard Stahl 103 1.09% *
Total 9,461 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 30
20,144 Eligible Electors
     NDP pickup from Progressive Conservative Swing 9.31%

1989 general election[edit]

1989 Alberta general election results[10] Turnout 52.21% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     NDP William Roberts 4,440 41.88% -0.15%
     Progressive Conservative Don Clarke 3,217 30.35% -9.98% *
     Liberal Mary Molloy 2,821 26.61% 11.98% *
     Independent Carol Pylypow 72 0.68% *
     Independent Leonard Stahl 51 0.48% * -0.61%
Total 10,601 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 21
20,344 Eligible Electors
     NDP hold Swing -5.07%

1993 general election[edit]

1993 Alberta general election results[11] Turnout 53.46% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Liberal Michael Henry 5,656 47.59% 20.98% *
     Progressive Conservative John Wheelwright 3,418 28.76% -1.59% *
     NDP Kay Hurtig 2,343 19.71% -22.17% *
     Social Credit Wes Warren 202 1.70% *
     Natural Law Richard Johnsen 95 0.80% *
     Independent Clayton Van Horne 83 0.70% *
     Independent John Lakusta 48 0.40% *
     Independent Carol Pylypow 40 0.34% * -0.34%
Total 11,885 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 41
22,308 Eligible Electors
     Liberal pickup from NDP Swing 11.29%

1997 general election[edit]

1997 Alberta general election results[12] Turnout 52.10% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Liberal Laurie Blakeman 4,769 43.96% -3.63% *
     Progressive Conservative Don Weideman 3,634 33.50% 4.74% *
     NDP Jenn Smith 1,845 17.01% -2.70% *
     Social Credit Alan Cruikshank 420 3.87% 2.17% *
     Forum Emil van der Poorten 98 0.90% *
     Natural Law Richard Johnsen 83 0.76% -0.04%
Total 10,849 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 43
20,907 Eligible Electors
     Liberal hold Swing -4.19%

2001 general election[edit]

2001 Alberta general election results[13] Turnout 51.58% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Liberal Laurie Blakeman 5,095 44.01% 0.05%
     Progressive Conservative Don Weideman 4,446 38.41% 4.91%
     NDP David Eggen 1,959 16.92% -0.09% *
     Communist Naomi Rankin 76 0.66% *
Total 11,576 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 105
20,907 Eligible Electors
     Liberal hold Swing 2.48%

2004 general election[edit]

2004 Alberta general election results[14] Turnout 49.20% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Liberal Laurie Blakeman 6,203 57.07% 13.06%
     Progressive Conservative Don Weideman 2,622 24.12% -14.29%
     NDP Mary Elizabeth Archer 1,319 12.14% -4.78% *
Greens David Parker 333 3.06% *
     Alberta Alliance Tony Caterina 280 2.58% *
     Social Credit Linda Clements 112 1.03% *
Total 10,869 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 133
22,362 Eligible Electors
     Liberal hold Swing 13.68%

2008 general election[edit]

2008 Alberta general election results[15] Turnout 32.17% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Liberal Laurie Blakeman 5,042 44.98% -12.09%
     Progressive Conservative Bill Donahue 3,291 29.36% 5.24% *
     NDP Deron Bilous 2,163 19.30% 7.16% *
Greens David Parker 472 4.21% 1.15%
     Wildrose Alliance James Iverson 200 1.78% -0.80% *
     Alberta Party Margaret Saunter 42 0.37% *
Total 11,210 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 109
35,186 Eligible Electors
     Liberal hold Swing -8.67%

2012 general election[edit]

2012 Alberta general election Turnout % Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Liberal Laurie Blakeman 5,593 % *
     Progressive Conservative Akash Khokhar 4,297 % *
     NDP Nadine Bailey 2,253 % *
     Wildrose Barb de Groot 1,760 % *
Total ' 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined '
Eligible Electors
     Swing %

Senate nominee results[edit]

2004 Senate nominee election district results[edit]

2004 Senate nominee election results: Edmonton-Centre[16] Turnout 48.64%
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Votes % Ballots Rank
     Progressive Conservative Betty Unger 3,325 15.69% 44.45% 2
     Independent Link Byfield 3,211 15.15% 42.92% 4
     Independent Tom Sindlinger 2,520 11.89% 33.69% 9
     Progressive Conservative Bert Brown 2,304 10.87% 30.80% 1
     Progressive Conservative Cliff Breitkreuz 2,004 9.46% 26.79% 3
     Alberta Alliance Michael Roth 1,759 8.30% 23.51% 7
     Progressive Conservative David Usherwood 1,646 7.77% 22.00% 6
     Alberta Alliance Vance Gough 1,515 7.15% 20.25% 8
     Alberta Alliance Gary Horan 1,502 7.09% 20.08% 10
     Progressive Conservative Jim Silye 1,406 6.63% 18.79% 5
Total Votes 21,192 100%
Total Ballots 7,481 2.83 Votes Per Ballot
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 3,395

Voters had the option of selecting 4 Candidates on the Ballot

2012 Senate nominee election district results[edit]

Student Vote results[edit]

2004 election[edit]

Participating Schools[17]
Centre High School
Oliver School
Victoria School of Performing and Visual Arts

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[18]
Affiliation Candidate Votes %
     NDP Mary Elizabeth Archer 218 37.65%
     Liberal Laurie Blakeman 152 26.25%
Greens David Parker 103 17.79%
     Progressive Conservative Don Weideman 66 11.40%
     Alberta Alliance Tony Caterina 22 3.80%
     Social Credit Linda Clements 18 3.11%
Total 579 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 10

2012 election[edit]

2012 Alberta Student Vote results
Affiliation Candidate Votes %
     Progressive Conservative Akash Khokhar %
     Wildrose Barb de Groot %
     Liberal Laurie Blakeman %
     Alberta Party %
     NDP Nadine Bailey %
Total ' 100%

References[edit]

  1. ^ "E‑4.1". Statutes of the Province of Alberta. Government of Alberta. 2003. p. 17. 
  2. ^ "Edmonton Centre results 1959 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved January 29, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Edmonton Centre results 1963 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved January 29, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Edmonton Centre results 1967 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved January 29, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Edmonton-Centre results 1971 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved January 29, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Edmonton-Centre results 1975 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved January 29, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Edmonton-Centre results 1979 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved January 29, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Edmonton-Centre results 1982 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved January 29, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Edmonton-Centre results 1986 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved January 29, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Edmonton-Centre results 1989 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved January 29, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Edmonton-Centre results 1993 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved January 29, 2012. 
  12. ^ "1997 General Election". Elections Alberta. Retrieved January 26, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Edmonton-Centre Official Results 2001 Alberta general election" (PDF). Elections Alberta. Retrieved March 27, 2010. 
  14. ^ "Edmonton-Centre Statement of Official Results 2004 Alberta general election". Elections Alberta. Retrieved February 1, 2012. 
  15. ^ The Report on the March 3, 2008 Provincial General Election of the Twenty-seventh Legislative Assembly. Elections Alberta. July 28, 2008. pp. 280–285. 
  16. ^ "Senate Nominee Election 2004 Tabulation of Official Results". Elections Alberta. Retrieved February 28, 2010. 
  17. ^ "School by School results". Student Vote Canada. Retrieved 2008-04-18. [dead link]
  18. ^ "Riding by Riding Results - the Candidates". Student Vote Canada. Retrieved 2008-04-19. [dead link]

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