Lethbridge (electoral district)

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Lethbridge
Flag of Alberta.svg Alberta electoral district
Alberta federal ridings (rural) - Lethbridge.svg
Lethbridge in relation to the other Alberta federal electoral districts
Federal electoral district
Legislature House of Commons
MP
 
 
 
Jim Hillyer
Conservative
District created 1987
First contested 1988
Last contested 2011
District webpage profile, map
Demographics
Population (2011)[1] 125,561
Electors (2011) 89,136
Area (km²)[2] 10,992.74
Pop. density (per km²) 11.4
Census divisions Division No. 2, Division No. 3
Census subdivisions Lethbridge, Lethbridge County, Coaldale, Cardston County, County of Warner No. 5, Cardston, Raymond, Magrath
For other meanings of Lethbridge, see Lethbridge (disambiguation).

Lethbridge (formerly known as Lethbridge—Foothills) is a federal electoral district in Alberta, Canada, that has been represented in the Canadian House of Commons since 1917. It represents Lethbridge County, the County of Warner No. 5 and Cardston County.

History[edit]

This riding was originally created in 1914 from parts of Macleod riding.

In 1977, it was renamed "Lethbridge—Foothills".

In 1987, Lethbridge—Foothills was abolished and replaced by a new "Lethbridge" riding. The new riding was created from most of Lethbridge—Foothills, along with parts of Macleod and Medicine Hat ridings.

It has been represented by centre-right MPs without interruption since 1930, and has never been won by the Liberal Party. As in most other Alberta ridings outside of Calgary and Edmonton, the major right-wing party of the day usually wins by astronomical margins. Since 1945, a non-conservative party has only won 30 percent of the vote three times. Pockets of Liberal support exist in the city of Lethbridge itself; the provincial Liberals occasionally win seats in the provincial legislature from the city. However, they are not nearly enough to overcome the overwhelming rightward trend in the rest of the riding.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Parliament Years Member Party
Lethbridge
Riding created from Macleod
13th  1917 − 1921     William Ashbury Buchanan Government (Unionist)
14th  1921 − 1925     Lincoln Henry Jelliff Progressive
15th  1925 − 1926
16th  1926 − 1930     United Farmers
17th  1930 − 1935     John Smith Stewart Conservative
18th  1935 − 1940     John Horne Blackmore Social Credit
19th  1940 − 1945
20th  1945 − 1949
21st  1949 − 1953
22nd  1953 − 1957
23rd  1957 − 1958
24th  1958 − 1962     Deane Gundlock Progressive Conservative
25th  1962 − 1963
26th  1963 − 1965
27th  1965 − 1968
28th  1968 − 1972
29th  1972 − 1974     Kenneth Earl Hurlburt Progressive Conservative
30th  1974 − 1979
Riding renamed — Lethbridge—Foothills
31st  1979 − 1980     Blaine Thacker Progressive Conservative
32nd  1980 − 1984
33rd  1984 − 1988
Riding renamed — Lethbridge
34th  1988 − 1993     Blaine Thacker Progressive Conservative
35th  1993 − 1997     Raymond Speaker Reform
36th  1997 − 2000     Rick Casson Reform
 2000 − 2000     Alliance
37th  2000 − 2003
 2003 − 2004     Conservative
38th  2004 − 2006
39th  2006 − 2008
40th  2008 − 2011
41st  2011 − Present     Jim Hillyer Conservative

Current Member of Parliament[edit]

Its Member of Parliament is Jim Hillyer. He was first elected in 2011. He is a member of the Conservative Party of Canada.

Election results[edit]

Lethbridge, 1988 - present[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative Jim Hillyer 27,173 56.51 -10.45 $72,625
New Democratic Mark Sandilands 13,097 27.24 +13.02 $36,703
Liberal Michael Cormican 4,030 8.38 -0.92 $23,067
Green Cailin Bartlett 2,095 4.36 -2.86 $0
Christian Heritage Geoffrey Capp 1,716 3.57 +1.26 $14,727
Total valid votes/Expense limit 48,086 100.00
Total rejected ballots 307 0.63 +0.34
Turnout 48,393 54.20 +1
Eligible voters 89,280
Canadian federal election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative Rick Casson 31,714 66.96 -0.34 $78,789
New Democratic Mark Sandilands 6,733 14.22 +0.52 $18,476
Liberal Michael Cormican 4,404 9.30 -1.95 $21,463
Green Amanda Swagar 3,420 7.22 +3.68
Christian Heritage Geoffrey Capp 1,094 2.31 -0.49 $13,529
Total valid votes/Expense limit 47,365 100.00 $94,223
Total rejected ballots 138 0.29 +0.04
Turnout 47,503 53 -9
Canadian federal election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative Rick Casson 35,061 67.30 +4.68  
New Democratic Melanee Thomas 7,135 13.70 +3.98
Liberal Michael Cormican 5,859 11.25 -10.31  
Green Andrea Sheridan 1,846 3.54 +0.89
Christian Heritage Marc Slingerland 1,458 2.80 +0.53
Independent Howard Forsyth 735 1.41 N/A
Total valid votes 52,094 100.00
Total rejected ballots 132 0.25 +0.03
Turnout 52,226 63.7 +4.0
Canadian federal election, 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative Rick Casson 29,765 62.62 -12.22 $68,346
Liberal Ken Nicol 10,250 21.56 +4.62 $34,339
New Democratic Melanee Thomas 4,623 9.72 +3.97 $10,460
Green Erin Marie Matthews 1,262 2.65 $32
Christian Heritage Ken Vanden Broek 1,079 2.27 +0.78 $16,322
Marijuana Dustin Sobie 553 1.16
Total valid votes 47,532 100.00
Total rejected ballots 135 0.28 -0.07
Turnout 47,667 61.74 -0.19

Note: Conservative vote is compared to the total of Progressive Conservative and Canadian Alliance vote in 2000.

Canadian federal election, 2000
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Alliance Rick Casson 30,380 66.02 +10.49 $61,765
Liberal Vaughan Hartigan 7,797 16.94 -2.24 $10,339
Progressive Conservative Kimberly Denise Budd 4,062 8.82 -9.26 $3,506
New Democratic Garth Hardy 2,648 5.75 +0.38 $6,135
Green Don C. Ferguson 864 1.87 $1,324
Canadian Action Dan Lamden 264 0.57 -0.22 $739
Total valid votes 46,015 100.00
Total rejected ballots 163 0.35 +0.16
Turnout 46,178 61.93 +2.26

Note: Canadian Alliance vote is compared to the Reform vote in 1997.

Canadian federal election, 1997
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Reform Rick Casson 22,828 55.53 +2.97 $63,487
Liberal John McGee 7,887 19.18 -6.29 $47,656
Progressive Conservative Greg Weadick 7,436 18.08 +2.86 $40,649
New Democratic Victor Lough 2,211 5.37 +2.56 $3,877
Christian Heritage Nellie Slingerland 418 1.01 $1,944
Canadian Action J-C Lessard 326 0.79 $9,690
Total valid votes 41,106 100.00
Total rejected ballots 79 0.19
Turnout 41,185 59.67
Canadian federal election, 1993
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Reform Ray Speaker 24,565 52.56 +45.76
Liberal John William McGee 11,905 25.47 +6.89
Progressive Conservative Dean Lien 7,113 15.22 -43.19
National Carson Tannant 1,592 3.41
New Democratic Doug Petherbridge 1,313 2.81 -6.99
Natural Law Cliff Kinzel 247 0.53
Total valid votes 46,735 100.00
Canadian federal election, 1988
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative Blaine Thacker 26,750 58.41 -8.97
Liberal Robert Grbavac 8,513 18.59 +7.15
New Democratic Don Ferguson 4,489 9.80 -4.88
Reform Phil Connolly 3,116 6.80
Christian Heritage Charles Cavilla 2,932 6.40
Total valid votes 45,800 100.00

Lethbridge—Foothills, 1979 - 1988[edit]

Canadian federal election, 1984
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative Blaine Thacker 31,316 67.38 -1.22
New Democratic Connie Credico 6,822 14.68 +4.69
Liberal Shaun Ward 5,315 11.44 -5.85
Independent Steven V. Pinchak 2,145 4.61
Social Credit Rod W. Start 456 0.98 -1.61
Confederation of Regions Cyril Baranosky 426 0.92
Total valid votes 46,480 100.00
Canadian federal election, 1980
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative Blaine Thacker 27,307 68.60 -1.30
Liberal Shaun G. Ward 6,882 17.29 -0.37
New Democratic Dave Porteous 3,974 9.98 +1.04
Social Credit D. Willard Paxman 1,031 2.59 -0.49
Independent Peter Jones 482 1.21
Communist David Wallis 132 0.33 -0.09
Total valid votes 39,808 100.00
Canadian federal election, 1979
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative Blaine Thacker 29,069 69.89 +6.37
Liberal Jim Gladstone 7,345 17.66 -4.15
New Democratic Roger Rickwood 3,720 8.94 -1.32
Social Credit Wagner Saende 1,282 3.08 -1.32
Communist David Wallis 174 0.42
Total valid votes 41,590 100.00

Lethbridge, 1917 - 1979[edit]

Canadian federal election, 1974
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative Kenneth Earl Hurlburt 20,602 63.52 +5.72
Liberal Sven Ericksen 7,075 21.81 -1.50
New Democratic Bessie Annand 3,329 10.26 -1.82
Social Credit Vern Young 1,428 4.40 -2.40
Total valid votes 32,434 100.00
Canadian federal election, 1972
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative Kenneth Earl Hurlburt 18,845 57.80 +12.85
Liberal Andy Russell 7,601 23.31 -7.63
New Democratic Hal Hoffman 3,941 12.09 +2.86
Social Credit Keith L. Hancock 2,219 6.81 -8.08
Total valid votes 32,606 100.00
Canadian federal election, 1968
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative Deane Gundlock 11,901 44.95 +3.92
Liberal John I. Boras 8,193 30.94 +11.21
Social Credit Ernest R. Patterson 3,941 14.88 -17.59
New Democratic George Edward Orchard 2,442 9.22 +2.46
Total valid votes 26,477 100.00
Canadian federal election, 1965
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative Deane Gundlock 10,147 41.02 -2.28
Social Credit Wallace C. Strom 8,032 32.47 -2.51
Liberal Frank Sherring 4,882 19.74 +3.57
New Democratic Frances Joyce Grantham 1,673 6.76 +1.95
Total valid votes 24,734 100.00
Canadian federal election, 1963
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative Deane Gundlock 11,475 43.30 -0.77
Social Credit Steve Kapcsos 9,271 34.98 +0.49
Liberal Martin Hoyt 4,284 16.17 +1.90
New Democratic Peter Uganecz 1,277 4.82 -2.35
Independent John Arthur Spencer 193 0.73
Total valid votes 26,500 100.00
Canadian federal election, 1962
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative Deane Gundlock 11,105 44.07 -14.26
Social Credit Steve Kapcsos 8,693 34.50 6.25
Liberal Mark Reed Stringam 3,595 14.27 +2.42
New Democratic Milo Douglas 1,806 7.17
Total valid votes 25,199 100.00
Canadian federal election, 1958
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative Deane Gundlock 13,364 58.33 +43.55
Social Credit John Horne Blackmore 6,471 28.25 -24.77
Liberal Clarence G. Yanosik 2,714 11.85 -20.36
Independent SC Ervin D. Olsen 361 1.58
Total valid votes 22,910 100.00
Canadian federal election, 1957
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Social Credit John Horne Blackmore 10,910 53.02 -3.61
Liberal Asael E. Palmer 6,627 32.20 -0.80
Progressive Conservative John Arthur Spencer 3,041 14.78 +4.41
Total valid votes 20,578 100.00
Canadian federal election, 1953
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Social Credit John Horne Blackmore 9,737 56.62 +9.64
Liberal Ernest Roderick McFarland 5,676 33.01 +2.53
Progressive Conservative James Erle Carr 1,783 10.37 -2.65
Total valid votes 17,196 100.00
Canadian federal election, 1949
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Social Credit John Horne Blackmore 8,880 46.98 +3.46
Liberal Louis Sherman Turcotte 5,760 30.47 +7.54
Progressive Conservative John Arthur Jardine 2,460 13.02 -4.90
Co-operative Commonwealth William Wesley Scott 1,801 9.53 -3.47
Total valid votes 18,901 100.00
Canadian federal election, 1945
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Social Credit John Horne Blackmore 7,250 43.52 +2.49
Liberal Louis Sherman Turcotte 3,820 22.93 -12.79
Progressive Conservative Philip Baker 2,985 17.92 -5.33
Co-operative Commonwealth William Wesley Scott 2,165 13.00
Labor–Progressive William Henry Childress 439 2.64
Total valid votes 16,659 100.00

Note: Progressive Conservative vote is compared to "National Government" vote in 1940 election. Social Credit vote is compared to New Democracy vote in 1940 election.

Canadian federal election, 1940
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
New Democracy John Horne Blackmore 6,362 41.03 -9.97
Liberal Lynden Eldon Fairbairn 5,538 35.72 +19.21
National Government John Smith Stewart 3,605 23.25 -0.15
Total valid votes 15,505 100.00

Note: "National Government" vote is compared to Conservative vote in 1935 election. New Democracy vote is compared to Social Credit vote in 1935 election.

Canadian federal election, 1935
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Social Credit John Horne Blackmore 6,516 51.00
Conservative John Smith Stewart 2,990 23.40 -15.43
Liberal Lynden Eldon Fairbairn 2,109 16.51 -13.67
Co-operative Commonwealth John Albert Johansen 737 5.77
Reconstruction A. Gladstone Virtue 425 3.33
Total valid votes 12,777 100.00
Canadian federal election, 1930
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Conservative John Smith Stewart 4,863 38.84 -1.23
Progressive Thomas Owen King 3,880 30.99 -28.95
Liberal Arthur George Baalim 3,779 30.18
Total valid votes 12,522 100.00

Note: Progressive vote is compared to UFA vote in 1926 election.

Canadian federal election, 1926
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
United Farmers of Alberta Lincoln Henry Jelliff 5,138 59.93 +6.24
Conservative Andrew Bryden Hogg 3,435 40.07 -6.24
Total valid votes 8,573 100.00

Note: UFA vote is compared to Progressive vote in 1925 election.

Canadian federal election, 1925
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Lincoln Henry Jelliff 5,399 53.69 +4.45
Conservative John Smith Stewart 4,656 46.31 +33.12
Total valid votes 10,055 100.00
Canadian federal election, 1921
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Lincoln Henry Jelliff 4,961 49.25
Labour Martin Francis Finn 3,170 31.47
Conservative William Sargent Ball 1,328 13.18 -55.05
Liberal James Edward Lovering 615 6.10
Total valid votes 10,074 100.00
Canadian federal election, 1917
Party Candidate Votes %
Government (Unionist) William Ashbury Buchanan 5,302 68.24
     Opposition-Labour Lambert "L" Pack 2,468 31.76
Total valid votes 7,770 100.00

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