Lethbridge-West

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Lethbridge-West
Alberta electoral district
LethbridgeWest in Lethbridge.jpg
2010 boundaries
Provincial electoral district
Legislature Legislative Assembly of Alberta
MLA
 
 
 
Shannon Phillips
New Democratic
District created 1971
First contested 1971
Last contested 2015

Lethbridge-West is an Alberta provincial electoral district, covering the western half of the city of Lethbridge, including all of West Lethbridge.

Under the Alberta electoral boundary re-distribution of 2004, 13 Street forms most of the dividing line between Lethbridge East and Lethbridge West. Scenic Drive and 16 Avenue South form a small part of the boundary. Clockwise from Lethbridge East, the constituency is bounded at the city limits by Little Bow, by Livingstone-Macleod and then again by Little Bow.

The current Member of the Legislative Assembly for this district is New Democrat Shannon Phillips.

History[edit]

The electoral district was created in the 1971 boundary redistribution from the old electoral district of Lethbridge when it was split in half.

The 2010 boundary redistribution made some minor revisions to equalize the population between West and East. North of St. Edward Blvd the boundary was pushed west from 13 Street to Stafford Drive.[1]

Boundary history[edit]

Representation history[edit]

Members of the Legislative Assembly for Lethbridge-West
Assembly Years Member Party
See: Lethbridge 1921-1971
17th 1971–1975 Richard Gruenwald Social Credit
18th 1975–1979 John Gogo Progressive Conservative
19th 1979–1982
20th 1982–1986
21st 1986–1989
22nd 1989–1993
23rd 1993–1997 Clint Dunford
24th 1997–2001
25th 2001–2004
26th 2004–2008
27th 2008–2012 Greg Weadick
28th 2012–2015
29th 2015–present Shannon Phillips New Democratic

The electoral district was created in 1971 from the old Lethbridge district when it was split in half. Prior to 1971 the city returned candidates from a number of different banners. The first representative returned in the election held that year was Social Credit candidate Richard Gruenwald who won the district with well over half of the popular vote.

Gruenwald would run for a second term in the 1975 election and would be defeated finishing a distant second place behind Progressive Conservative candidate John Gogo who took almost 60% of the popular vote. Gogo would win his next two terms in 1979 and 1982 with increasing majorities achieving almost 70% of the popular vote.

Gogo would lose significant popularity upon re-election to his fourth term in 1986. He would fall from 70% the previous election to under half. He would hold his seat for a final term in 1989 when he took just over 45% of the popular vote. In his last term in office Premier Don Getty appointed Gogo as Minister of Advanced education He held that until 1992. Gogo retired from dissolution of the Assembly in 1993.

The 1993 election saw a hotly contested race between Progressive Conservative candidate Clint Dunford and Liberal candidate Michael Dietrich. Dunford won by a razor thin margin of just over 100 votes to hold the seat for his party and taking just over 41% of the popular vote.

Dunford was re-elected in 1997 winning a slightly higher plurality. After the election he was appointed to the provincial cabinet by Premier Ralph Klein as Minister of Advanced Education and Career Development. In 1999 he was shuffled to the Minister of Human Resources and Employment portfolio.

Dunford ran for his third term in 2001 increasing his plurality slightly taking 48% of the popular vote and kept his cabinet post. He ran for his fourth term in office in 2004 and fell to an all-time low holding his seat with just 39% of the popular vote. After that election he was shuffled to the Minister of Economic Development until 2006. Dunford retired from the legislature in 2008.

The fourth representative returned from the riding was Progressive Conservative candidate Greg Weadick who won his first term in 2008.

Legislature results[edit]

1971 general election[edit]

1971 Alberta general election results[3] Turnout 73.25% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
Social Credit Richard Gruenwald 4,169 54.93%
Progressive Conservative R.J. Gray 2,751 36.24%
New Democratic Klaas Buijert 670 8.83%
Total 7,590
Rejected, spoiled and declined 75
Eligible electors / Turnout 10,464  %
     Social Credit pickup new district Swing N/A

1975 general election[edit]

1975 Alberta general election results[4] Turnout 64.50% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
Progressive Conservative John Gogo 3,991 59.42% 23.18%
Social Credit Richard Gruenwald 1,914 28.49% -26.44%
New Democratic Ian Whishaw 812 12.09% 3.26%
Total 6,717
Rejected, spoiled and declined 133
Eligible electors / Turnout 10,464  %
Progressive Conservative gain from Social Credit Swing 24.81%

1979 general election[edit]

1979 Alberta general election results[5] Turnout 54.58% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
Progressive Conservative John Gogo 5,682 64.65% 5.23%
Social Credit Jerry Waldern 1,625 18.49% -10.00%
New Democratic Ron Clark 971 11.05% -1.04%
     Liberal Bob Wilson 511 5.81% *
Total 8,789
Rejected, spoiled and declined 7
Eligible electors / Turnout 10,464  %
Progressive Conservative hold Swing 24.81%

1982 general election[edit]

1982 Alberta general election results[6] Turnout 61.68% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
Progressive Conservative John Gogo 8,302 69.53% 4.88%
New Democratic Ian Whishaw 1,844 15.44% 4.39%
     Western Canada Concept G.M. Genstad 938 7.86% *
Social Credit Jerry Waldern 480 4.02% -14.47%
     Alberta Reform Movement Brenda Perkins 377 3.16% *
Total 11,941
Rejected, spoiled and declined 26
Eligible electors / Turnout 11,967  %
Progressive Conservative hold Swing 24.81%

1986 general election[edit]

1986 Alberta general election results[7] Turnout 38.29% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
Progressive Conservative John Gogo 3,999 48.64% -20.89%
New Democratic Ed Webking 2,006 24.40% 8.96%
     Liberal Nora Galenzoski 1,579 19.20% *
Representative Douglas Pitt 532 6.47%
     Confederation of Regions Nora Galenzoski 106 1.29% *
Total 8,222
Rejected, spoiled and declined 23
Eligible electors / Turnout 21,535  %
Progressive Conservative hold Swing -14.93%

1989 general election[edit]

1989 Alberta general election results[8] Turnout 47.97% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
Progressive Conservative John Gogo 4,741 45.44% -3.20%
Liberal Rhonda Ruston 3,210 30.76% 11.16%
New Democratic Joyce Green 2,483 23.80% -0.60%
Total 10,434
Rejected, spoiled and declined 26
Eligible electors / Turnout 21,805  %
Progressive Conservative hold Swing -7.18%

1993 general election[edit]

1993 Alberta general election results[9] Turnout 55.20% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
Progressive Conservative Clint Dunford 4,643 41.92% -3.52%
Liberal Michael Dietrich 4,534 40.94% 10.18%
New Democratic Jacqueline Preyde 973 8.78% -15.02%
Independent Jason Kempt 926 8.36%
Total 11,076
Rejected, spoiled and declined 49
Eligible electors / Turnout 20,154  %
Progressive Conservative hold Swing -6.85%

1997 general election[edit]

1997 Alberta general election results[10] Turnout 55.68% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
Progressive Conservative Clint Dunford 5,679 45.31% 3.39%
Liberal Leslie Vaala 4,765 38.02% -2.92%
Social Credit Brian Stewart 1,043 8.32%
New Democratic Tom Hovan 806 6.43% -1.93%
Green Don Ferguson 240 1.92% *
Total 12,533
Rejected, spoiled and declined 22
Eligible electors / Turnout 22,549  %
Progressive Conservative hold Swing 3.16%

2001 general election[edit]

2001 Alberta general election results[11] Turnout 56.77% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
Progressive Conservative Clint Dunford 6,685 48.08% 2.77%
     Liberal Leslie Vaala 5,496 39.52% 1.50%
New Democratic Mark Sandilands 1,062 7.64% 1.21%
Alberta First Brian Stewart 662 4.76% -3.56%
Total 13,905
Rejected, spoiled, and declined 38
Eligible electors / Turnout 24,561  %
Progressive Conservative hold Swing 2.14%

2004 general election[edit]

2004 Alberta general election results[12] Turnout 45.56% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
Progressive Conservative Clint Dunford 4,411 39.84% -8.24%
Liberal Bal Boora 3,629 32.78% -6.74%
New Democratic Mark Sandlands 1,357 12.26% 4.62%
Alberta Alliance Merle Terlesky 913 8.25%
Green Andrew Sheridan 385 3.48% *
Social Credit Scott Sawatsky 375 3.39%
Total 11,070 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 78
24,561 Eligible Electors
Progressive Conservative hold Swing -7.49%

2008 general election[edit]

Alberta general election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative Greg Weadick 5,002 43.68% 3.84%
Liberal Bal Boora 4,022 35.13% 2.35%
New Democratic James Moore 1,179 10.30% −1.96%
Wildrose Matt Fox 855 7.47% −2.83%
Green Brennan Tilley 392 3.42% −0.06%
Total votes 11,450
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 47
Eligible electors / Turnout 33,934 33.88%
Source: The Report on the March 3, 2008 Provincial General Election of the Twenty-seventh Legislative Assembly. Elections Alberta. July 28, 2008. pp. 472–475. 

2012 general election[edit]

Alberta general election, 2012
Party Candidate Votes %
Progressive Conservative Greg Weadick 5,390 36.64%
New Democratic Shannon Phillips 4,275 29.06%
Wildrose Kevin Kinahan 3,960 26.92%
Liberal Bal Boora 826 5.62%
Alberta Party David Walters 259 1.76%
Source: http://results.elections.ab.ca/wtResultsPGE.htm

2015 general election[edit]

Alberta general election, 2015
Party Candidate Votes %
New Democratic Shannon Phillips 11,284 59.5%
Progressive Conservative Greg Weadick 3,984 21.9%
Wildrose Ron Bain 3,071 16.2%
Liberal Sheila Pyne 639 3.4%

Senate nominee results[edit]

2004 Senate nominee election district results[edit]

2004 Senate nominee election results: Lethbridge-West[13] Turnout 45.59%
Candidate Votes % Votes % Ballots Rank
Progressive Conservative Bert Brown 3,233 13.26% 38.29% 1
     Independent Link Byfield 2,946 12.08% 34.89% 4
Progressive Conservative Betty Unger 2,906 11.92% 34.41% 2
     Independent Tom Sindlinger 2,741 11.24% 32.46% 9
Alberta Alliance Vance Gough 2,263 9.28% 26.80% 8
Alberta Alliance Michael Roth 2,205 9.04% 26.11% 7
Progressive Conservative Cliff Breitkreuz 2,169 8.90% 25.69% 3
Progressive Conservative David Usherwood 2,043 8.38% 24.20% 6
Progressive Conservative Jim Silye 1,970 8.08% 23.33% 5
Alberta Alliance Gary Horan 1,905 7.82% 22.56% 10
Total Votes 24,381 100%
Total Ballots 8,444 2.89 Votes Per Ballot
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 2,712

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[14]
GS Lakie Middle 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[15]
Affiliation Candidate Votes %
Progressive Conservative Clint Dunford 184 34.26%
     Liberal Bal Boora 133 24.77%
     NDP Mark Sandilands 75 13.97%
Green Andrew Sheridan 61 11.36%
     Social Credit Scott Sawatsky 44 8.19%
Alberta Alliance Merle Terlesky 40 7.45%
Total 537 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 19

2012 election[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Proposed Electoral Division Areas, Boundaries, and Names for Alberta" (PDF). Alberta Electoral Boundaries Commission. June 2010. p. 21. Retrieved January 14, 2012. 
  2. ^ "E‑4.1". Statutes of the Province of Alberta. Government of Alberta. 2003. p. 57. 
  3. ^ "Letbridge-West Official Results 1971 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved March 1, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Letbridge-West Official Results 1975 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved March 1, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Letbridge-West Official Results 1979 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved March 1, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Letbridge-West Official Results 1982 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved March 1, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Letbridge-West Official Results 1986 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved March 1, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Letbridge-West Official Results 1989 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved March 1, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Letbridge-West Official Results 1993 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved March 1, 2010. 
  10. ^ "1997 General Election". Elections Alberta. Retrieved January 26, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Lethbridge-West Official Results 2001 Alberta general election" (PDF). Elections Alberta. Retrieved March 27, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Lethbridge-West Statement of Official Results 2004 Alberta general election" (PDF). Elections Alberta. Retrieved March 1, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Senate Nominee Election 2004 Tabulation of Official Results" (PDF). Elections Alberta. Retrieved March 1, 2010. 
  14. ^ "School by School results". Student Vote Canada. Retrieved 2008-04-27. [dead link]
  15. ^ "Riding by Riding Results - the Candidates". Student Vote Canada. Retrieved 2008-04-19. [dead link]

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