|Alberta electoral district|
|Provincial electoral district|
|Legislature||Legislative Assembly of Alberta|
Edmonton-Castle Downs 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 district was created in 1997 boundary redistribution when Edmonton-Roper merged with the north half of Edmonton-Mayfield. The riding has swung between Liberal and Progressive Conservative control since it was created. The 2004 election was very controversial with near even support for both the Liberal and Progressive Conservative candidates the outcome was decided in the third recount.
- 1 History
- 2 Legislature results
- 3 Senate nominee results
- 4 Student Vote results
- 5 References
- 6 External links
The electoral district was created in the 1996 boundary redistribution from parts of Edmonton-Mayfield and Edmonton-Roper. The 2010 boundary redistribution saw some big changes to the riding with all land west of 127 street ceded to Edmonton-Calder and the eastern boundary that existed at 97 Street between the Edmonton city limits and 167 Avenue moved east to 82 Street in land that was part of Edmonton-Decore.
|27 Edmonton-Calder 2003 Boundaries|
|riding map goes here|
|Legal description from the Statutes of Alberta 2003, Electoral Divisions Act.|
|Starting at the intersection of 142 Street with the north Edmonton city boundary; then 1. east along the north city boundary to 97 Street; 2. south along 97 Street to 153 Avenue; 3. west along 153 Avenue to 113A Street (Castle Downs Road); 4. south along 113A Street to 137 Avenue; 5. west along 137 Avenue to the north city boundary at 184 Street; 6. north, northeast and north along the west Edmonton city boundary to the starting point.|
|30 Edmonton-Castle Downs 2010 Boundaries|
|Legal description from the Statutes of Alberta 2010, Electoral Divisions Act.|
|Members of the Legislative Assembly for Edmonton-Castle Downs|
|See Edmonton-Mayfield 1993-1997 and Edmonton-Roper 1993-1997|
|25th||2001–2004||Thomas Lukaszuk||Progressive Conservative|
|26th||2004–2005||Chris Kibermanis||Liberal||Member elect|
|2005–2008||Thomas Lukaszuk||Progressive Conservative|
The electoral district was created in the 1997 boundary redistribution. The first election held in 1997 saw Liberal candidate Pamela Paul-Zobaric elected. She won a very closely contested race defeating Progressive Conservative candidate Ihor Broda and two other candidates by just over 100 votes. She left the Liberal caucus over rights issues for women on November 15, 1999 to sit as an Independent. She did not run again in the 2001 election.
The second and current representative of the district is Progressive Conservative Thomas Lukaszuk. He won a three way race in the 2001 general election with just over half the popular vote to pick up the seat for his party. He would run for a second term in the 2004 election. That election would be the most controversial in years.
Lukaszuk was defeated on election night by a few votes over Liberal candidate Chris Kibbermanis. A recount by Elections Alberta confirmed Kibbermanis as the winner and declared him as a Member Elect. Lukaszuk and his campaign team took the recount process to the courts and won the election in the third judicial recount.
Lukaszuk and Kibbermanis would face each other again in the 2008 general election. Lukaszuk would surge in popularity winning over half the popular vote, while Lukaszuk marginally increased his vote his percentage dropped to 36% of the total. In 2010 Lukaszuk was appointed by Premier Ed Stelmach as Minister of Employment and Immigration.
1997 general election
|1997 Alberta general election results||Turnout 50.54%||Swing|
|Progressive Conservative||Ihor Broda||4,373||40.55%||*|
|Social Credit||Dave Friesen||460||4.27%||*|
|Rejected, Spoiled and Declined||32|
|21,400 Eligible Electors|
|Liberal pickup new district||Swing N/A|
2001 general election
|2001 Alberta general election results||Turnout 47.03%||Swing|
|Progressive Conservative||Thomas Lukaszuk||5,971||51.10%||10.55%||*|
|Rejected, Spoiled and Declined||34|
|24,921 Eligible Electors|
|Progressive Conservative pickup from Independent||Swing -6.77%|
2004 general election and judicial recount
The 2004 election saw a field of five candidates. Incumbent Thomas Lukaszuk was running for his second term in office after winning a close race in 2001. Chris Kibermannis was chosen as the Liberal candidate. He was a former draft pick for the Winnipeg Jets and a welder by trade. The NDP chose Peter Cross, who is a small business owner working as a graphics artist and long time Edmonton resident.
|2004 Alberta general election unofficial results||Turnout 41.42%|
|Progressive Conservative||Thomas Lukaszuk||5,014||41.75%|
|Alberta Alliance||Colin Presizniuk||583||4.85%|
|Social Credit||Ross Korpi||78||0.64%|
|Rejected, Spoiled and Declined||96|
Rounding out the field of candidates, the Alberta Alliance running their first campaign acclaimed candidate Colin Presizniuk and Social Credit run candidate Ross Korpi. Presizniuk is a high profile Edmonton area accountant and consultant who runs Presizniuk and Associates.
The 2004 election proved to very contentious. On election night returns for the district had Liberal candidate Chris Kibermanis winning an incredibly tight race by three votes over Progressive Conservative incumbent Thomas Lukaszuk. The race split the riding's 79 precincts with Kibermanis winning 43 to Lukaszuk's 36. The poll by poll numbers show the race was evenly divided across the board as no candidate was particularly strong in a geographic area. The other three candidates were only a marginal factor with the race polarizing between the Progressive Conservatives and the Liberals. NDP candidate Peter Cross made a respectable but distant third place showing. He gained votes for his party winning a slightly higher plurality, but decreasing in percentage of popular vote over the 2001 results.
At the bottom of the field, the Alberta Alliance candidate Colin Presizniuk took about 5% of the popular vote. His results were consistent with the party's showing in other Edmonton districts. The Social Credit party running their first candidate in the riding since 1997, saw a significant decrease in support as Ross Korpi barely registered with voters.
The razor thin election night margin separating the two candidates kept the results in doubt. The automatic recount process completed a few days later by returning officer Elizabeth Burk, narrowed the margin even further as Lukaszuk would gain two votes. In addition to the results, voter turnout in the riding dropped to a record low almost reaching 42%. The turn out was significantly down falling five points from the 2001 election, and almost nine percentage points from the election in 1997.
|Alberta Court of Appeal judicial recount||Turnout 41.42%||Swing|
|Progressive Conservative||Thomas Lukaszuk||5,022||41.78%||-9.32%|
|Alberta Alliance||Colin Presizniuk||586||4.88%||*|
|Social Credit||Ross Korpi||78||0.58%||*|
|Rejected, Spoiled and Declined||86|
|29,226 Eligible Electors|
|Progressive Conservative hold||Swing -6.38%|
After the Official results were announced by Elections Alberta, the legislative standings on the Alberta Legislature website had been updated to reflect Kibermanis winning as a member-elect. The Progressive Conservatives immediately challenged the results in the Court of Queen's Bench. The first judge at the Court of Queen's Bench upheld the returning officers verdict of a three vote margin. A second count was done and the results were verified the same as the first. The Progressive Conservatives appealed the results to the Court of Appeal of Alberta.
The Alberta Court of Appeals disputed a number of previously rejected ballots increasing the margin of Thomas Lukaszuk from 5,016 votes to 5,022 votes. The court also added some votes for Presizniuk and took some away for Cross, Korpi and Kibermanis did not see any change in their totals. As a result of the judicial ruling, the previous judicial counts and the Elections Alberta official count were over turned. Kibermanis did not have the resources to appeal the third judicial decision and conceded defeat. Thomas Lukaszuk was declared re-elected and returned to office. After the results were made official, the Liberals announced that Kibermanis would be the candidate for the next general election and would continue campaigning in the riding until the next writ period.
As a direct result of this election, both the campaigns for Thomas Lukaszuk and Chris Kibermanis filed an application to the Court of Appeal to reimburse the legal costs of contesting the results. No provisions existed under the Election Act and the appeals were denied. In October 2005 the Standing Legislative Offices Committee reviewed the matter and changes were recommended to allow candidates to be reimbursed for their legal costs.
2008 general election
|2008 Alberta general election results||Turnout 36.74%||Swing|
|Progressive Conservative||Thomas Lukaszuk||7,159||51.55%||9.77%|
|Rejected, Spoiled and Declined||57|
|37,952 Eligible Electors|
|Progressive Conservative hold||Swing 7.44%|
2012 general election
|2012 Alberta general election||Turnout %||Swing|
|Progressive Conservative||Thomas Lukaszuk||7,974||52.61|
|Alberta Party||Jeff Funnell||255||1.68||*|
|Rejected, Spoiled and Declined||'|
|Progressive Conservative hold||Swing %|
Senate nominee results
2004 Senate nominee election district results
|2004 Senate nominee election results: Edmonton-Castle Downs||Turnout 41.69%|
|Affiliation||Candidate||Votes||% Votes||% Ballots||Rank|
|Progressive Conservative||Betty Unger||4,737||15.95%||49.04%||2|
|Progressive Conservative||Bert Brown||3,328||11.21%||34.45%||1|
|Progressive Conservative||Cliff Breitkreuz||3,184||10.72%||32.96%||3|
|Alberta Alliance||Michael Roth||2,812||9.47%||29.11%||7|
|Alberta Alliance||Gary Horan||2,488||8.38%||25.76%||10|
|Alberta Alliance||Vance Gough||2,472||8.33%||25.59%||8|
|Progressive Conservative||David Usherwood||2,447||8.24%||25.33%||6|
|Progressive Conservative||Jim Silye||2,129||7.17%||22.04%||5|
|Total Ballots||9,660||3.07 Votes Per Ballot|
|Rejected, Spoiled and Declined||2,523|
Voters had the option of selecting 4 Candidates on the Ballot
2012 Senate nominee election district results
Student Vote results
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|
|Progressive Conservative||Thomas Lukaszuk||30||26.32%|
|Alberta Alliance||Colin Presizniuk||17||14.91%|
|Social Credit||Ross Korpi||7||6.14%|
|Rejected, Spoiled and Declined||11|
|2012 Alberta Student Vote results|
|Progressive Conservative||Thomas Lukaszuk||%|
|Alberta Party||Jeff Funnell||%|
- "E‑4.1". Statutes of the Province of Alberta. Government of Alberta. 2003. p. 16.
- "Members of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta 1905-2006". Legislative Assembly of Alberta. Retrieved February 27, 2010.[dead link]
- "1997 General Election". Elections Alberta. Retrieved January 26, 2012.
- "Edmonton-Castle Downs Official Results 2001 Alberta general election" (PDF). Elections Alberta. Retrieved March 27, 2010.
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- The Report on the March 3, 2008 Provincial General Election of the Twenty-seventh Legislative Assembly. Elections Alberta. July 28, 2008. pp. 276–279.
- "Senate Nominee Election 2004 Tabulation of Official Results" (PDF). Elections Alberta. Retrieved February 28, 2010.
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