Edmonton-Meadowlark

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Edmonton-Meadowlark
Flag of Alberta.svg Alberta electoral district
EdmontonMeadowlark in Edmonton.jpg
2010 boundaries
Provincial electoral district
Legislature Legislative Assembly of Alberta
MLA
 
 
 
Raj Sherman
Liberal
District created 1971
First contested 1971
Last contested 2012

Edmonton Meadowlark is a provincial electoral district in Alberta, Canada. The district is one of 87 mandated to return a single member to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta using the first past the post method of voting.

The electoral district located on the western edge of Edmonton was created in the 1971 boundary redistribution from the old electoral districts of Edmonton Jasper Place and Edmonton West.

The district has switched support between Progressive Conservative and Liberal candidates with regular frequency since it was created. The current representative is Raj Sherman who was elected for the first time in the 2008 general election.

History[edit]

The electoral district was created in the 1971 boundary redistribution from the old electoral districts of Edmonton Jasper Place and Edmonton West. The 1993 redistribution would see the district go through a significant redrawing as most of the riding which was south of Whitemud Drive would be moved into the new district of Edmonton-McClung. The riding remained a rectangle shape between Whitemud and Stony Plain road with little changes made in 1996 and 2003.

The 2010 boundary redistribution would see a significant change as the riding was extended well beyond Stony Plain road up to Yellowhead Trail into land that was once in Edmonton-Calder and Edmonton-Glenora.

Boundary history[edit]

Electoral history[edit]

Members of the Legislative Assembly for Edmonton-Meadowlark[2]
Assembly Years Member Party
See: Edmonton Jasper Place 1963-1971 and Edmonton West 1963-1971
17th 1971–1975 Gerard Amerongen Progressive Conservative
18th 1975–1979
19th 1979–1982
20th 1982–1986
21st 1986–1989 Grant Mitchell Liberal
22nd 1989–1993
23rd 1993–1997 Karen Leibovici
24th 1997–2001
25th 2001–2004 Bob Maskell Progressive Conservative
26th 2004–2008 Maurice Tougas Liberal
27th 2008–2010 Raj Sherman Progressive Conservative
2010–2011 Independent
2011 Independent Liberal
2011–2012 Liberal
28th 2012–present

The electoral district was created in the 1971 boundary redistribution. The election held that year saw Progressive Conservative candidate Gerard Amerongen pickup the new district for his party. He was successful after running as a candidate in various districts since the 1950s. Amerongen would be elected as Speaker of the Assembly when it met for its first session after the election in 1972.

Amerongen won re-election with increasing majorities three more times in the 1975, 1979 and 1982 general elections. He ran for a fifth term in the 1986 general election but was defeated in a shocking upset by Liberal candidate Grant Mitchell. This was only the second time in Alberta history that the Speaker of the Legislature had been defeated.

Mitchell was re-elected to his second term with a large majority in the 1989 general election. He ran for re-election in the Edmonton-McClung after redistricting created the new district out of most of the old land that covered Meadowlark. The new boundaries of Meadowlark returned Liberal candidate Karen Leibovici who won her first term with a substantial majority to hold the seat for her party.

Leibovici won her second term (in a closely contested race in the 1997 general election) defeating Progressive Conservative candidate Laurie Pushor. In the 2001 general election she was defeated by Progressive Conservative candidate, Bob Maskell, who won by 600 votes to pick up the district.

Maskell would only stay for a single term in office as he was defeated by Maurice Tougas in the 2004 general election. Tougas did not stand for re-election in 2008 and Progressive Conservative candidate Raj Sherman picked up the open district.

Sherman was removed from the Progressive Conservative caucus after making unsubstantiated allegations against the Alberta Government regarding abuses against staff working under Alberta Health Services. He at first sat as an Independent on November 22, 2010 than on March 15, 2011 he began caucusing with the Liberal caucus as an Independent. He was elected as leader of the provincial Liberals on September 10, 2011 and became a full member of the Liberal caucus two days later. He was re-elected in the 2012 provincial election.

Legislature results[edit]

1971 general election[edit]

1971 Alberta general election results[3] Turnout 70.70% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Progressive Conservative Gerard Amerongen 6,371 56.66% *
     Social Credit Alexander Romaniuk 3,839 34.14% *
     NDP Alan Idiens 1,035 9.20% *
Total 11,245 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 28
15,944 Eligible Electors
     Progressive Conservative pickup new district Swing N/A

1975 general election[edit]

1975 Alberta general election results[4] Turnout 50.35% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Progressive Conservative Gerard Amerongen 6,715 67.75% 11.09%
     NDP Harvey Tilden 1,406 14.18% 4.98% *
     Social Credit Russ Forsythe 1,093 11.03% -23.11% *
     Liberal Vic Yanda 698 7.04% *
Total 9,912 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 13
19,714 Eligible Electors
     Progressive Conservative hold Swing 8.04%

1979 general election[edit]

1979 Alberta general election results[5] Turnout 51.03% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Progressive Conservative Gerard Amerongen 7,075 60.36% -7.39%
     NDP Jim Bell 2,098 17.90% 3.72% *
     Social Credit Russ Forsythe 1,237 10.55% -0.48%
     Liberal Ron Charko 904 7.71% 0.67% *
     Independent Doug Ringrose 408 3.48% *
Total 11,722 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 76
23,118 Eligible Electors
     Progressive Conservative hold Swing -5.56%

1982 general election[edit]

1982 Alberta general election results[6] Turnout 63.27% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Progressive Conservative Gerard Amerongen 10,817 58.59% -1.77%
     NDP Robert Henderson 4,590 24.86% 6.96% *
     Western Canada Concept Al Wilson 1,511 8.18% -0.48%
     Liberal Nidhi Chaudhary 776 4.20% -3.51% *
     Independent William Dickson 423 2.29% *
     Social Credit Andy Groenink 345 1.88% -8.67% *
Total 18,462 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 76
29,252 Eligible Electors
     Progressive Conservative hold Swing -4.37%

1986 general election[edit]

1986 Alberta general election results[7] Turnout 49.18% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Liberal Grant Mitchell 4,913 41.93% 37.73% *
     Progressive Conservative Gerard Amerongen 4,222 36.04% -22.55%
     NDP Muriel Stanley-Venne 2,315 19.76% -5.10% *
     Representative Robert Genis-Bell 176 1.50% *
     Western Canada Concept Norm Kyle 90 0.77% -7.41% *
Total 11,716 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined ?
23,485 Eligible Electors
     Liberal pickup from Progressive Conservative Swing 30.14%

1989 general election[edit]

1989 Alberta general election results[8] Turnout 56.05% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Liberal Grant Mitchell 7,877 56.56% 14.63%
     Progressive Conservative Joan Majeski 4,221 30.31% -5.73% *
     NDP William Mullen 1,829 13.13% -6.63% *
Total 13,927 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 225
25,251 Eligible Electors
     Liberal hold Swing 10.18%

1993 general election[edit]

1993 Alberta general election results[9] Turnout 57.90% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Liberal Karen Leibovici 7,215 56.51% -0.05% *
     Progressive Conservative Laurie Pushor 3,978 31.16% 0.85% *
     NDP William Mullen 1,111 8.70% -4.43%
     Social Credit Norm Case 354 2.77% *
     Natural Law Margo Cochlan 110 0.86% *
Total 12,768 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 25
22,094 Eligible Electors
     Liberal hold Swing -0.45%

1997 general election[edit]

1997 Alberta general election results[10] Turnout 56.16% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Liberal Karen Leibovici 6,047 50.22% -6.29%
     Progressive Conservative Laurie Pushor 4,672 38.80% 7.64%
     NDP Terry McNally 831 6.90% -1.80% *
     Social Credit Aaron Hinman 435 3.61% 0.84% *
     Natural Law Geoff Toane 55 0.46% -0.40% *
Total 12,040 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 27
21,488 Eligible Electors
     Liberal hold Swing -6.97%

2001 general election[edit]

2001 Alberta general election results[11] Turnout 56.15% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Progressive Conservative Bob Maskell 6,108 48.62% 9.82% *
     Liberal Karen Leibovici 5,674 45.17% -5.05%
     NDP Mike Hudema 636 5.06% -1.84% *
     Independent Peggy Morton 144 1.15% *
Total 12,562 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 50
22,491 Eligible Electors
     Progressive Conservative pickup from Liberal Swing 7.44%

2004 general election[edit]

2004 Alberta general election results[12] Turnout 45.46% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Liberal Maurice Tougas 4,435 41.26% -3.91% *
     Progressive Conservative Bob Maskell 4,242 39.47% -9.15%
     NDP Lance Burns 1,306 12.15% 7.09% *
     Alberta Alliance Aaron Campbell 446 4.15% *
Greens Amanda Doyle 243 2.26% *
     Independent Peggy Morton 76 0.71% * -0.44%
Total 10,748 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 91
23,845 Eligible Electors
     Liberal pickup from Progressive Conservative Swing -6.53%

2008 general election[edit]

2008 Alberta general election results[13] Turnout 36.03% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Progressive Conservative Raj Sherman 6,174 54.83% 15.36% *
     Liberal Debbie Cavaliere 3,423 30.40% -10.86 *
     NDP Pascal Ryffel 1,010 8.97% -3.18 *
Greens Amanda Doyle 347 3.08% 0.82%
     Wildrose Alliance Richard Guyon 306 2.72% -1.43% *
Total 11,260 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 54
31,552 Eligible Electors
     Progressive Conservative pickup from Liberal Swing 13.11%

2012 general election[edit]

2012 Alberta general election Turnout % Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Liberal Raj Sherman 5,150 35.5% 5.1% -19.3%
     Progressive Conservative Bob Maskell 5,032 34.7% -20.13% *
     Wildrose Rick Newcombe 2,978 20.5% 17.78% *
     NDP Bridget Stirling 1,091 7.5% -1.47% *
     Alberta Party Neil Mather 262 1.8% *
Total 14,513 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined '
Eligible Electors
     Liberal hold from floor crossing Swing %

Senate nominee results[edit]

2004 Senate nominee election district results[edit]

2004 Senate nominee election results: Edmonton-Meadowlark[14] Turnout 45.36%
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Votes % Ballots Rank
     Progressive Conservative Betty Unger 4,528 17.12% 51.41% 2
     Independent Link Byfield 3,161 11.95% 35.89% 4
     Progressive Conservative Bert Brown 3,100 11.72% 35.20% 1
     Progressive Conservative Cliff Breitkreuz 2,929 11.07% 33.25% 3
     Alberta Alliance Michael Roth 2,285 8.64% 25.94% 7
     Independent Tom Sindlinger 2,173 8.21% 24.67% 9
     Alberta Alliance Gary Horan 2,114 7.99% 24.00% 10
     Alberta Alliance Vance Gough 2,107 7.96% 23.92% 8
     Progressive Conservative David Usherwood 2,104 7.95% 23.89% 6
     Progressive Conservative Jim Silye 1,955 7.39% 22.20% 5
Total Votes 26,456 100%
Total Ballots 8,808 3.00 Votes Per Ballot
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 2,008

Voters had the option of selecting 4 Candidates on the Ballot

2012 Senate nominee election district results[edit]

Student Vote[edit]

2004 election[edit]

Participating Schools[15]
Aldergrove Elementary
Aurora Charter School
Centennial Elementary
St Thomas More School
H.E. Beriault School
St. Francis Xavier 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[16]
Affiliation Candidate Votes %
     Liberal Maurice Tougas 363 33.24%
     Progressive Conservative Bob Maskell 330 30.22%
     NDP Lance Burns 214 19.60%
Greens Amanda Doyle 131 12.00%
     Alberta Alliance Aaron Campbell 38 3.48%
     Independent Peggy Morton 16 1.46%
Total 1,092 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 31

2012 election[edit]

2012 Alberta Student Vote results
Affiliation Candidate Votes %
     Progressive Conservative Bob Maskell %
     Wildrose Rick Newcombe %
     Liberal Raj Sherman %
     Alberta Party %
     NDP Bridget Stirling %
Total ' 100%

References[edit]

  1. ^ "E‑4.1". Statutes of the Province of Alberta. Government of Alberta. 2003. pp. 19–20. 
  2. ^ "Members of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta 1905-2006". Legislative Assembly of Alberta. Retrieved February 27, 2010. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Edmonton-Meadowlark Official Results 1971 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved April 3, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Edmonton-Meadowlark Official Results 1975 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved April 3, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Edmonton-Meadowlark Official Results 1979 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved April 3, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Edmonton-Meadowlark Official Results 1982 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved April 3, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Edmonton-Meadowlark Official Results 1986 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved April 3, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Edmonton-Meadowlark Official Results 1989 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved April 3, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Edmonton-Meadowlark Official Results 1993 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved April 3, 2010. 
  10. ^ "1997 General Election". Elections Alberta. Retrieved January 26, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Edmonton-Meadowlark Official Results 2001 Alberta general election". Elections Alberta. Retrieved April 3, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Edmonton-Meadowlark Statement of Official Results 2004 Alberta general election". Elections Alberta. Retrieved April 3, 2010. 
  13. ^ The Report on the March 3, 2008 Provincial General Election of the Twenty-seventh Legislative Assembly. Elections Alberta. July 28, 2008. pp. 316–319. 
  14. ^ "Senate Nominee Election 2004 Tabulation of Official Results". Elections Alberta. Retrieved February 28, 2010. 
  15. ^ "School by School results". Student Vote Canada. Retrieved 2008-04-18. [dead link]
  16. ^ "Riding by Riding Results - the Candidates". Student Vote Canada. Retrieved 2008-04-19. [dead link]

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