Grande Prairie-Wapiti

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Grande Prairie-Wapiti
Flag of Alberta.svg Alberta electoral district
GrandePrairieWapiti in Alberta.jpg
2004 boundaries
Provincial electoral district
Legislature Legislative Assembly of Alberta
MLA
 
 
 
Wayne Drysdale
Progressive Conservative
District created 1993
First contested 1993
Last contested 2008

Grande Prairie-Wapiti is provincial electoral district, located in northwestern Alberta, Canada. It 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 was created in the 1993 boundary redistribution from the old Grande Prairie electoral district. The district covers the city of Grande Prairie, the rural portion to the west and the towns of Beaverlodge and Wembley.

The district and its antecedent have been a stronghold for Progressive Conservative candidates in recent decades. The current representative for this district is Progressive Conservative Wayne Drysdale. He won election for the first time in 2008. To date there have been three representatives who have held the district.

History[edit]

The electoral district was created in the 1993 boundary redistribution from the old Grande Prairie electoral district. It remained mostly unchanged in the 1997 and 2003 re-distributions. The Boundaries Commission proposed to abolish the district to create a completely urban Grande Prairie district but it changed its decision under public pressure. The 2010 distribution made minor changes to the border with Grande Prairie-Smoky in the city of Grande Prairie but stayed the same in the rural areas.[1]

Boundary history[edit]

Electoral history[edit]

Members of the Legislative Assembly for Grande Prairie-Wapiti
Assembly Years Member Party
See Grande Prairie 1930-1993
23rd 1993–1997 Wayne Jacques Progressive Conservative
24th 1997–2001
25th 2001–2004 Gordon Graydon
26th 2004–2008
27th 2008–present Wayne Drysdale

The electoral district was created in the 1993 boundary redistribution from the old Grande Prairie district. The first representative elected in 1993 was Progressive Conservative candidate Wayne Jaques. He won a hotly contested race over Liberal candidate Dwight Logan to pick up the new district for his party. Jaques was re-elected in the 1997 election with a much larger margin. He retired from provincial politics in 2001.

The second representative was Progressive Conservative was Gordon Graydon who won his first term in office in 2001 with a landslide over a field of five other candidates. He won a second term in the 2004 general election winning over half the popular vote. After the 2004 election Premier Ralph Klein appointed Graydon Minister of Gaming. He held that post until 2006. Graydon retired from provincial politics in 2008.

The third representative is current Progressive Conservative MLA is Wayne Drysdale who was elected in the 2008 election for the first time.

Election results[edit]

1993 general election[edit]

1993 Alberta general election results[3] Turnout 57.20% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Progressive Conservative Wayne Jacques 4,457 48.03% *
     Liberal Dwight Logan 3,942 42.48% *
     NDP Trish Wright 880 9.49% *
Total 9,279 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 28
16,272 Eligible Electors
     Progressive Conservative pickup new district Swing N/A

1997 general election[edit]

1997 Alberta general election results[4] Turnout 46.90% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Progressive Conservative Wayne Jacques 5,592 63.24% 15.21%
     Liberal Ray Stitsen 2,003 22.65% -19.83% *
     NDP Campbell Ross 1,247 14.10% 4.61% *
Total 8,842 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 23
18,901 Eligible Electors
     Progressive Conservative hold Swing 17.52%

2001 general election[edit]

2001 Alberta general election results[5] Turnout 44.01% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Progressive Conservative Gordon Graydon 5,674 65.50% 2.26% *
     Liberal Ray Stitsen 1,489 17.19% -5.46%
     NDP Elroy Deimert 819 9.46% -4.64% *
     Social Credit Ivo Noga 432 4.99% *
     Independent Terry Dueck 136 1.57% *
     Independent Robert Weberg 112 1.29% *
Total 8,662 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 22
19,730 Eligible Electors
     Progressive Conservative hold Swing 3.86%

2004 general election[edit]

2004 Alberta general election results[6] Turnout 36.58% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Progressive Conservative Gordon Graydon 4,346 55.07% -10.43%
     Liberal Cibylla Rakestraw 1,681 21.30% 4.11% *
     NDP Jerry MacDonald 971 12.30% 2.84% *
     Alberta Alliance John Hilton-O'Brien 546 6.92% *
Greens Allan Webber 348 4.41% *
Total 7,892 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 34
21,683 Eligible Electors
     Progressive Conservative hold Swing -7.27%

2008 general election[edit]

2008 Alberta general election results[7] Turnout 26.81% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Progressive Conservative Wayne Drysdale 5,145 66.70% 11.63% *
     Liberal Augustine Ebinu 1,304 16.90% -4.40% *
     NDP Manuela Campbell 829 10.75% -1.55% *
Greens Allan Webber 436 5.65% 1.24% *
Total 7,714 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 74
29,053 Eligible Electors
     Progressive Conservative hold Swing 8.02%

2012 general election[edit]

2012 Alberta general election Turnout % Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Progressive Conservative Wayne Drysdale 6,634 51.54% %
     Wildrose Ethane Jarvis 4,468 34.71% %
     NDP Paula Anderson 1,202 9.34% % %
     Liberal Alya Nazarali 364 2.83% % *
     Independent Anthony Barendregt 203 1.58% * *
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: Grande Prairie-Wapiti[8] Turnout 43.52%
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Votes % Ballots Rank
     Progressive Conservative Cliff Breitkreuz 3,122 16.26% 50.36% 3
     Progressive Conservative Betty Unger 2,750 14.32% 44.36% 2
     Progressive Conservative Bert Brown 2,488 12.96% 40.13% 1
     Independent Link Byfield 2,127 11.08% 34.31% 4
     Progressive Conservative David Usherwood 1,727 9.00% 27.86% 6
     Progressive Conservative Jim Silye 1,525 7.94% 24.60% 5
     Alberta Alliance Michael Roth 1,476 7.69% 23.81% 7
     Alberta Alliance Vance Gough 1,346 7.01% 21.71% 8
     Independent Tom Sindlinger 1,331 6.93% 21.47% 9
     Alberta Alliance Gary Horan 1,306 6.81% 21.07% 10
Total Votes 19,198 100%
Total Ballots 6,200 3.10 Votes Per Ballot
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 1,619

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[9]
Beaverlodge Elementary School
Helleny Taylor School
Kateri Mission Catholic School
Saint Joseph Catholic High School
St. Gerrard 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[10]
Affiliation Candidate Votes %
     Progressive Conservative Gordon Graydon 458 43.25%
Greens Allan Webber 193 18.22%
     NDP Jerry MacDonald 190 17.94%
     Liberal Cibylla Rakestraw 182 17.19%
     Alberta Alliance John Hilton-O'Brien 36 3.40%
Total 1,059 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 36

2012 election[edit]

2012 Alberta Student Vote results
Affiliation Candidate Votes %
     Progressive Conservative Wayne Drysdale %
     Wildrose Ethane Jarvis %
     Liberal %
     Alberta Party %
     NDP Paula Anderson %
Total ' 100%

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Proposed Electoral Division Areas, Boundaries, and Names for Alberta". Alberta Electoral Boundaries Commission. June 2010. p. 20. Retrieved January 14, 2012. 
  2. ^ "E‑4.1". Statutes of the Province of Alberta. Government of Alberta. 2003. pp. 45–46. 
  3. ^ "Grande Prairie-Wapiti results 1993 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved March 28, 2010. 
  4. ^ "1997 General Election". Elections Alberta. Retrieved January 26, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Grande Prairie-Wapiti Official Results 2001 Alberta general election" (PDF). Elections Alberta. Retrieved March 27, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Grande Prairie-Wapiti Statement of Official Results 2004 Alberta general election". Elections Alberta. Retrieved March 28, 2010. 
  7. ^ The Report on the March 3, 2008 Provincial General Election of the Twenty-seventh Legislative Assembly. Elections Alberta. July 28, 2008. pp. 430–433. 
  8. ^ "Senate Nominee Election 2004 Tabulation of Official Results". Elections Alberta. Retrieved February 28, 2010. 
  9. ^ "School by School results". Student Vote Canada. Retrieved 2008-04-27. [dead link]
  10. ^ "Riding by Riding Results - the Candidates". Student Vote Canada. Retrieved 2008-04-19. [dead link]

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