This urban district is located in south central Edmonton was created in the 1979 boundary redistribution from Edmonton-Avonmore. The electoral district since its creation has been a swing riding controlled by the Progressive Conservatives, New Democrats and Liberals. The current representative is Progressive Conservative Carl Benito who was first elected in 2008.
The electoral district was created in the 1979 boundary redistribution from Edmonton-Avonmore.
The 2010 boundary redistribution saw some changes made to the riding. The south boundary was pushed southward from 23 Avenue east of Mill Woods Drive to Anthony Henday Drive in land that used to be part of Edmonton-Ellerslie. The east boundary was changed to cede land south of Mill Creek to Edmonton-Mill Creek.
Legal description from the Statutes of Alberta 2003, Electoral Divisions Act.
Starting at the intersection of Gateway Boulevard with Whitemud Drive; then 1. east along Whitemud Drive to 50 Street; 2. south along 50 Street to Mill Creek; 3. in a southeasterly direction along Mill Creek to 23 Avenue; 4. west along 23 Avenue to 50 Street; 5. north along 50 Street to 28 Avenue; 6. west along 28 Avenue to 91 Street; 7. north along 91 Street to 34 Avenue; 8. west along 34 Avenue to Gateway Boulevard; 9. north along Gateway Boulevard to the starting point.
The electoral district was created in the 1979 boundary redistribution. The election held that year saw Progressive Conservative candidate Milt Pahl won a large majority to pick up the new seat for his party. He won a second term in the 1982 general election. He more than doubled his popular vote but faced a strong challenge from NDP candidate Gerry Gibeault and ended up decreasing his overall percentage.
Premier Peter Lougheed would appoint Pahl to the provincial cabinet as a Minister without Portfolio. He held that going into the 1986 general election while attempting to run for his third term in office. The election that year saw a rematch between Gibeault and Pahl.
The race in 1986 was very close with Gibeault winning by less than 100 votes to pick up the seat for the New Democrats. He won a higher popular vote running for a second term in the 1989 general election but his overall percent was reduced. He moved to the Edmonton-Ellerslie electoral district to run for election in 1993 and was defeated.
Liberal candidate Don Massey won the district in the 1993 election to pick it up for his party. He was re-elected with a smaller majority in the 1997 election and just barely held onto the district in the 2001 general election as he face a strong challenge from future Progressive Conservative MLA Carl Benito.
Massey briefly became leader of the provincial Liberals in 2004. He decided not to run again for office and retired at dissolution of the assembly later that year. His replacement in the legislature was Liberal candidate Weslyn Mather who won the district with just under half the popular vote in the 2004 election.
Mather was defeated by Carl Benito in the 2008 election who managed to win the seat for the Progressive Conservatives for the first time in 22 years.
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.