Medicine Hat (provincial electoral district)

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Medicine Hat
Flag of Alberta.svg Alberta electoral district
MedicineHat in Medicine Hat.jpg
2010 boundaries
Provincial electoral district
Legislature Legislative Assembly of Alberta
MLA
 
 
 
Blake Pedersen
Wildrose
District created 1905
District abolished 1971
District re-created 1979
First contested 1905
Last contested 2012

Medicine Hat is an Albertan provincial electoral district, covering most of the city of Medicine Hat.

Under the Alberta electoral boundary re-distribution of 2004, the constituency covers the portion of the city north of the South Saskatchewan River, the Trans-Canada Highway and Carry Drive. The rest of the city and surrounding area is part of the Cypress-Medicine Hat constituency.

The current Member of the Legislative Assembly for this district is the Wildrose Party's Blake Pedersen. He was elected in the 28th Alberta general election.

History[edit]

The electoral district of Medicine Hat has existed in two iterations. The first was created when the province was founded in 1905. It was formed from the old Medicine Hat electoral district that returned members to the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories. Back in 1905 the district covered a large portion of rural south east Alberta. The district shrunk until it became an urban only riding.

The district was abolished in 1971 to become part of Medicine Hat-Redcliffe. That district was abolished in 1979 and once again became Medicine Hat. The 2010 boundary redistribution saw minor changes made to align the riding with new boundaries of Medicine Hat.[1]

Boundary history[edit]

Representation history[edit]

Members of the Legislative Assembly for Medicine Hat[4]
Assembly Years Member Party
1st 1905–1909 William Finlay Liberal
2nd 1909–1910
1910 Vacant
1910–1913 Charles Mitchell Liberal
3rd 1913–1917 Nelson Spencer Conservative
4th 1917–1921
5th 1921 William Johnston Dominion Labor Perren Baker United Farmers
1921 Vacant
1921–1925 Perren Baker United Farmers
1925 Vacant
1925–1926 Charles Pingle Liberal
6th 1926–1928
1928 Vacant
1928–1930 Hector Lang Liberal
7th 1930–1935
8th 1935–1940 John Robinson Social Credit
9th 1940–1944
10th 1944–1948
11th 1948–1952
12th 1952–1953
1953 Vacant
1953–1955 Elizabeth Robinson Social Credit
13th 1955–1959
14th 1959–1960
1960–1961 Vacant
1961–1963 Harry Leinweber Social Credit
15th 1963–1967
16th 1967–1971
See Medicine Hat-Redcliff 1971-1979
19th 1979–1982 Jim Horsman Progressive Conservative
20th 1982–1986
21st 1986–1989
22nd 1989–1993
23rd 1993–1997 Rob Renner
24th 1997–2001
25th 2001–2004
26th 2004–2008
27th 2008–2012
28th 2012–present Blake Pedersen Wildrose

The provincial electoral district of Medicine Hat has a long history that goes back to 1888 under the old Medicine Hat, Northwest Territories electoral district. The district was carried over when the province of Alberta was created in 1905.

The first election in 1905 saw former Northwest Territories MLA William Finlay win the district in a hotly contested race. Finlay was re-elected in 1909 and resigned in 1910 so cabinet minister Charles Mitchell could have a seat in the Legislature.

Mitchell only held the district for one term before being defeated by Conservative Nelson Spencer in the 1913 election. Spencer's win was considered an upset. Spencer was re-elected by acclamation under Chapter 38 of the Elections Act in 1917 for serving in the Canadian Army during World War I. He retired from the Legislature in 1921 and moved to British Columbia.

The Liberal government passed a law in 1921 that turned Medicine Hat into a two member constituency during the 5th Legislature. The two seats were won by United Farmers candidate Peren Baker who headed the polls and William Johnston a Dominion Labor candidate who finished second. Baker was confirmed to a cabinet post by acclamation in a ministerial by-election on December 9, 1921.

Johnson died in 1925 vacating his seat. The by-election saw former Speaker of the Legislature Charles Pingle win the district for the Liberal party. The district was once again mandated to return a single member in 1926. Pingle stood for re-election while Baker moved to the Cypress electoral district. This was also the first election conducted with single transferable vote.

Pingle died in 1928 forcing another by-election. Liberal candidate Hector Lang retained the seat for the party. He was re-elected in 1930 and defeated running for a third term in 1935 by Social Credit candidate John Robinson.

Robinson held the district for four terms being re-elected in 1940, 1944, 1948 and 1952. He was appointed Minister of Industries and Labour by Premier Ernest Manning in 1948 and held that post until his death in 1953.

The by-election in 1953 saw John Robinson's wife Elizabeth Robinson retain the seat for Social Credit. She held the district for three terms before dying in 1961.

The last by-election held in the district in 1961 saw Harry Leinweber become the third member of Social Credit to win the district. He was re-elected in 1963 and 1967 before retiring in 1971.

Medicine Hat was redistributed to include the town of Redcliff in 1971 boundary redistribution. The new riding was called Medicine Hat-Redcliff. The electoral district of Medicine Hat was re-created in 1979 containing just the city of Medicine Hat.

The first election in the new Medicine Hat district saw former Medicine Hat-Redcliff incumbent Jim Horsman won the district in a landslide winning a 10,000 vote margin over the second place candidate. He would improve on that victory winning his biggest margin in the 1982 general election finishing almost 12,000 votes ahead of second place. He was also re-elected in 1986 and 1989 before retiring in 1993.

Rob Renner was elected as a Progressive Conservative candidate for the first time in the 1993 general election. He was re-elected in 1997, 2001, 2004 and 2008.

The current member, Blake Pedersen, was elected as a Wildrose candidate for the first time in 2012.

Legislature results 1905-1971[edit]

1905 general election[edit]

1905 Alberta general election results[5] Turnout N/A Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Liberal William Finlay 575 51.70% *
     Conservative Francis Sissons 537 48.30% *
Total 1,112 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined Unknown
Unknown Eligible Electors
     Liberal pickup new district Swing N/A

1909 general election[edit]

1909 Alberta general election results[6] Turnout N/A Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Liberal William Finlay 1,249 71.66% 19.96%
     Conservative Francis Sissons 494 28.34% -19.96%
Total 1,743 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined Unknown
Unknown Eligible Electors
     Liberal hold Swing 19.96%

1910 by-election[edit]

June 29, 1910 by-election results[7] Turnout N/A Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Liberal Charles Mitchell 1,134 62.86% -8.80% *
     Conservative Walter Huckvale 670 37.14% 8.80% *
Total 1,804 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined Unknown
Unknown Eligible Electors
     Liberal hold Swing -8.80%

1913 general election[edit]

1913 Alberta general election results[8] Turnout N/A Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Conservative Nelson Spenser 1,843 50.28% 13.14% *
     Liberal Charles Mitchell 1,823 49.72% -13.14%
Total 3,666 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined Unknown
Unknown Eligible Electors
     Conservative pickup from Liberal Swing 13.14%

1917 general election[edit]

1917 Alberta general election results[9]
Affiliation Candidate Votes
     Conservative Nelson Spenser Acclaimed
Unknown Eligible Electors
     Conservative hold

1921 general election[edit]

1921 Alberta general election results[10] Turnout N/A Swing2
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     United Farmers Perren Baker 4,165 34.54% *
     Dominion Labor William Johnston 3,602 29.87% *
     Liberal Oliver Boyd 2,278 18.89% -14.13% *
     Liberal Henry Foster 2,013 16.70% *
Total 12,058 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined Unknown
Unknown Eligible Electors
     United Farmers pickup from Conservative Swing 39.27%
     Dominion Labor pickup new seat
  1. Electors had the option of voting for up to two candidates.
  2. Party percentage change compared to 1913 election

1921 by-election results[edit]

December 9, 1921 by-election results[7]
Affiliation Candidate Votes
     United Farmers Perren Baker Acclaimed
Unknown Eligible Electors
     United Farmers hold

Due to laws existing in the Legislative Assembly Act a series of ministerial by-elections were needed to confirm members appointed to the Greenfield government. Seven by-elections in total were called for an election day of December 9, 1921. This was set for one week after the 1921 Canadian federal election.[11]

The by-election writ was dropped on November 16, 1921, United Farmers incumbent Perren Baker who had been appointed as Minister of Education ran unopposed and was acclaimed at the nomination deadline held on December 2, 1921. The timing of the by-elections was deliberately chosen to coincide with the federal election to ensure that opposition candidates would be unlikely to oppose the cabinet ministers.[11]

1925 by-election[edit]

September 29, 1925 by-election results[12][13] Turnout 74.56% 1st Count Swing
Affiliation Candidate 1st % 2nd % Party Personal
Liberal Charles Pingle 1,640 41.48% 1,914 55.17% 5.89% *
Farmer-Labor William McCombs 1,302 32.94% 1,555 44.83% -31.47%1 *
Conservative Joseph Hendrick 1,011 25.58% *
Total 3,953 100% 3,469 100%
Exhausted Ballots 0 484
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined Unknown
5,302 eligible electors
Liberal pickup from Dominion Labor 1st Count Swing 18.68%
  1. William McCombs was a candidate jointly nominated by the United Farmers of Alberta and the Dominion Labor Party. The party percent change is reflected from the combined party percentages in the 1921 general election.

1926 general election[edit]

1926 Alberta general election results[14] Turnout 72.33% 1st Count Swing
Affiliation Candidate 1st % 2nd % Party Personal
     Liberal Charles Pingle 1,574 44.08% 1,701 53.36% 2.60%
     Conservative Joseph Hendrick 1,279 35.82% 1,487 46.64% 9.75%
     Dominion Labor James Hole 718 20.11% -12.83% *
Total 3,571 100% 3,188 100%
Exhausted Ballots 0 383
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 264
5,302 eligible electors
     Liberal hold 1st Count Swing 6.18%

1928 by-election[edit]

May 1, 1928 by-election results[15] Turnout 66.05% 1st Count Swing
Affiliation Candidate 1st % 2nd 3rd 4th % Party Personal
     Liberal Hector Lang 1,355 39.90% 1,405 1,603 1,604 59.12% -4.18% *
     Conservative Joseph Hendrick 941 27.71% 986 1,106 1,109 40.88% -8.11%
     Dominion Labor William McCombs 810 23.85% 844 3.74% *
     Independent B.J. Bott 290 8.54% *
Total 3,396 100% 3,235 2,709 2,713 100%
Exhausted Ballots 0 161 529 -4
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 106
5,302 eligible electors
     Liberal hold 1st Count Swing -6.15%

1930 general election[edit]

1930 Alberta general election results[16] Turnout 74.09% 1st Count Swing
Affiliation Candidate 1st % 2nd % Party Personal
     Liberal Hector Lang 1,774 45.97% 2,046 59.98% 6.07%
     Conservative C.S. Blanchard 1,150 29.80% 1,365 40.02% -2.09% *
     Independent Isaac Bullivant 935 24.23% *
Total 3,859 100% 3,411 100%
Exhausted Ballots 0 448
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 336
5,662 eligible electors
     Liberal hold 1st Count Swing 4.08%

1935 general election[edit]

1935 Alberta general election results[17] Turnout 83.26% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Social Credit John Robinson 3,236 62.95% *
     Liberal Hector Lang 1,252 24.35% -13.14%
     Conservative Isaac Bullivant 653 12.70% -17.10% -11.53%
Total 5,141 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 117
6,315 Eligible Electors
     Social Credit pickup from Liberal Swing 38.05%

1940 general election[edit]

1940 Alberta general election results[18] Turnout 86.07% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Social Credit John Robinson 2,943 50.69% -12.26%
     Independent W.C. Yuill 2,863 49.31% *
Total 5,806 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 169
6,942 Eligible Electors
     Social Credit hold Swing -30.79%

1944 general election[edit]

1944 Alberta general election results[19] Turnout 71.26% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Social Credit John Robinson 2,977 55.48% 4.79%
     Independent John Bell 1,457 27.15% *
     Co-operative Commonwealth Russell Price 696 12.97% *
     Labor Progressive Edwin Home 236 4.40% *
Total 5,366 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 224
7,844 Eligible Electors
     Social Credit hold Swing 13.46%

1948 general election[edit]

1948 Alberta general election results[20] Turnout 64.04% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Social Credit John Robinson 3,835 65.29% 9.81%
     Liberal David Broadfoot 1,043 17.76% *
     Co-operative Commonwealth Ian Arrol 996 16.95% 3.98% *
Total 5,874 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 596
10,103 Eligible Electors
     Social Credit hold Swing 13.79%

1952 general election[edit]

1952 Alberta general election results[21] Turnout 58.85% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Social Credit John Robinson 4,727 74.70% 9.41%
     Liberal James Wyatt 1,601 25.30% 7.54% *
Total 6,328 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 343
11,336 Eligible Electors
     Social Credit hold Swing 8.48%

1953 by-election[edit]

December 21, 1953 by-election results[7] Turnout 28.44% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Social Credit Elizabeth Robinson 2,462 76.89% 2.19% *
     Co-operative Commonwealth E.W. Horne 740 23.11% *
Total 3,202 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 200
11,964 Eligible Electors[22]
     Social Credit hold Swing 12.65%

1955 general election[edit]

1955 Alberta general election results[23] Turnout 61.70% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Social Credit Elizabeth Robinson 5,066 67.25% -9.64%
     Liberal James McLane 1,862 21.72% *
     Co-operative Commonwealth K.L. Brucker 605 8.03% -15.08% *
Total 7,533 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 436
12,915 Eligible Electors
     Social Credit hold Swing -15.68%

1959 general election[edit]

1959 Alberta general election results[24] Turnout 61.90% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Social Credit Elizabeth Robinson 5,604 66.12% -1.13%
     Progressive Conservative John Cocks 1,780 21.00% *
     Liberal Norma DeMan 597 7.04% -14.68% *
     Co-operative Commonwealth John Rogers 495 5.84% -2.19% *
Total 8,476 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 163
13,957 Eligible Electors
     Social Credit hold Swing -11.07%

1961 by-election[edit]

January 19, 1961 by-election results[25] Turnout 63.34% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Social Credit Harry Leinweber 4,573 48.78% -17.34% *
     Liberal David Broadfoot 2,475 26.40% 19.36% *
     New Party Milton Reinhardt 1,326 14.15% 8.31% *
     Progressive Conservative John Cocks 1,000 10.67% -10.33%
Total 9,374 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined Unknown
14,800 Eligible Electors
     Social Credit hold Swing -18.35%

1963 general election[edit]

1963 Alberta general election results[26] Turnout 60.11% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Social Credit Harry Leinweber 4,954 51.93% 3.15%
     Liberal Helen Gibson 2,259 23.68% -2.72% *
     Progressive Conservative Kenneth Biddell 1,485 15.57% 4.90% *
     NDP Milton Reinhardt 841 8.82% -1.85%
Total 9,539 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 31
15,921 Eligible Electors
     Social Credit hold Swing 2.94%

1967 general election[edit]

1967 Alberta general election results[27] Turnout 68.21% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Social Credit Harry Leinweber 4,390 40.14% -11.79%
     Progressive Conservative Jim Horsman 2,701 24.70% 9.13% *
     Liberal Roy Weidermann 2,025 18.52% -5.16% *
     NDP Ted Grimm 1,819 16.64% 7.82% *
Total 10,935 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 50
16,104 Eligible Electors
     Social Credit hold Swing -10.46%

Legislature results 1979-present[edit]

1979 general election[edit]

1979 Alberta general election results[28] Turnout 58.89% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Progressive Conservative Jim Horsman 10,107 72.85% *
     Social Credit Lee Anderson 1,904 13.72% *
     NDP Frances Ost 1,134 8.17% *
     Liberal Roy Weidermann 729 5.26% *
Total 13,874 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 50
23,646 Eligible Electors
     Progressive Conservative pickup new district Swing N/A

1982 general election[edit]

1982 Alberta general election results[29] Turnout 66.47% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Progressive Conservative Jim Horsman 14,654 81.37% 8.52%
     NDP Clarence Smith 2,072 11.51% 3.34% *
     Western Canada Concept David Lees 996 5.53% *
     Independent Frank Cottingham 286 1.59% *
Total 18,008 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 38
27,149 Eligible Electors
     Progressive Conservative hold Swing 5.93%

1986 general election[edit]

1986 Alberta general election results[30] Turnout 41.66% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Progressive Conservative Jim Horsman 7,717 65.88% -15.49%
     Liberal David Carter 2,624 22.40% *
     NDP Stan Chmelyk 1,373 11.72% 0.21% *
Total 11,714 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 29
28,185 Eligible Electors
     Progressive Conservative hold Swing -18.95%

1989 general election[edit]

1989 Alberta general election results[31] Turnout 53.45% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Progressive Conservative Jim Horsman 6,465 41.00% -24.88%
     Liberal Garth Vallely 5,213 33.07% 10.67% *
     NDP Wally Regehr 4,088 25.93% 14.21% *
Total 15,766 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 49
29,589 Eligible Electors
     Progressive Conservative hold Swing -17.78%

1993 general election[edit]

1993 Alberta general election results[32] Turnout 56.05% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Progressive Conservative Rob Renner 4,941 39.01% -1.99% *
     Liberal Garth Vallely 4,790 37.82% 4.75%
     NDP Bob Wanner 2,366 18.68% -7.25% *
     Social Credit Marcel Guay 568 4.49% *
Total 12,665 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 38
22,665 Eligible Electors
     Progressive Conservative hold Swing -3.37%

1997 general election[edit]

1997 Alberta general election results[33] Turnout 47.63% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Progressive Conservative Rob Renner 5,853 51.67% 12.66%
     Liberal Trevor Butts 3,232 28.53% 9.29%
     Social Credit Dale Glasier 1,177 10.39% 5.90% *
     NDP George Peterson 1,065 9.41% -9.27% *
Total 11,327 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 42
23,868 Eligible Electors
     Progressive Conservative hold Swing 10.98%

2001 general election[edit]

2001 Alberta general election results[34] Turnout 52.00% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Progressive Conservative Rob Renner 8,109 62.08% 10.41%
     Liberal Karen Charlton 4,166 31.89% 3.36%
     NDP Luke Lacasse 787 6.03% -3.38% *
Total 13,062 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 81
25,275 Eligible Electors
     Progressive Conservative hold Swing 6.89%

2004 general election[edit]

2004 Alberta general election results[35] Turnout 41.28% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Progressive Conservative Rob Renner 5,261 49.96% -12.12%
     Liberal Karen Charlton 3,419 32.47% 0.58%
     Alberta Alliance Scott Cowan 1,060 10.07% *
     NDP Diana Arnott 547 5.20% 0.83% *
     Social Credit Jonathan Lorentzen 242 2.30% *
Total 10,529 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 98
25,746 Eligible Electors
     Progressive Conservative hold Swing -6.35%

2008 general election[edit]

2008 Alberta general election results[36] Turnout 31.69% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Progressive Conservative Rob Renner 5,388 51.18% 1.22%
     Liberal Karen Charlton 3,625 34.43% 1.96%
     Wildrose Alliance Clint Rabb 746 7.08% -2.99% *
     NDP Diana Arnott 484 4.60% -0.60%
Greens Karen Kraus 285 2.71% *
Total 10,528 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 61
33,413 Eligible Electors
     Progressive Conservative hold Swing 1.59%

2012 general election[edit]

2012 Alberta general election Turnout % Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Wildrose Blake Pedersen 6,030 43.53% %
     Progressive Conservative Darren Hirsch 5,341 38.56% %
     NDP Dennis Perrier 1,168 8.43% * %
     Liberal Matthew Sandford 1,101 7.95% % *
Evergreen Graham Murray 212 1.53% % *
Total ' 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined '
Eligible Electors
     Wildrose pickup from Progressive Conservative Swing %

Senate nominee results[edit]

2004 Senate nominee election district results[edit]

2004 Senate nominee election results: Medicine Hat[37] Turnout 41.25%
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Votes % Ballots Rank
     Progressive Conservative Betty Unger 3,427 15.30% 43.92% 2
     Progressive Conservative Bert Brown 3,420 15.27% 43.84% 1
     Progressive Conservative Cliff Breitkreuz 2,256 10.07% 28.92% 3
     Progressive Conservative David Usherwood 2,245 10.02% 28.78% 6
     Independent Link Byfield 2,230 9.96% 28.58% 4
     Progressive Conservative Jim Silye 2,215 9.89% 28.39% 5
     Alberta Alliance Michael Roth 1,972 8.80% 25.28% 7
     Alberta Alliance Vance Gough 1,780 7.95% 22.82% 8
     Alberta Alliance Gary Horan 1,607 7.17% 20.60% 10
     Independent Tom Sindlinger 1,249 5.57% 16.01% 9
Total Votes 22,401 100%
Total Ballots 7,802 2.87 Votes Per Ballot
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 2,819

Voters had the option of selecting 4 Candidates on the Ballot

2012 Senate nominee election district results[edit]

Plebiscite results[edit]

1948 Electrification Plebiscite[edit]

District results from the first province wide plebiscite on electricity regulation.

Option A Option B
Are you in favour of the generation and distribution of electricity being continued by the Power Companies? Are you in favour of the generation and distribution of electricity being made a publicly owned utility administered by the Alberta Government Power Commission?
5,168     81.03% 1,214     18.97%
Province wide result: Option A passed.

1957 liquor plebiscite[edit]

1957 Alberta liquor plebiscite results: Medicine Hat[38]
Question A: Do you approve additional types of outlets for the
sale of beer, wine and spirituous liquor subject to a local vote?
Ballot Choice Votes %
Yes 2,728 50.04%
No 2,724 49.96%
Total Votes 5,452 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 98
12,586 Eligible Electors, Turnout 44.10%

On October 30, 1957 a stand alone plebiscite was held province wide in all 50 of the then current provincial electoral districts in Alberta. The government decided to consult Alberta voters to decide on liquor sales and mixed drinking after a divisive debate in the Legislature. The plebiscite was intended to deal with the growing demand for reforming antiquated liquor control laws.[39]

The plebiscite was conducted in two parts. Question A asked in all districts, asked the voters if the sale of liquor should be expanded in Alberta, while Question B asked in a handful of districts within the corporate limits of Calgary and Edmonton asked if men and woman were allowed to drink together in establishments.[38]

Province wide Question A of the plebiscite passed in 33 of the 50 districts while Question B passed in all five districts. Medicine Hat just barely voted in favour of the proposal with the difference between Yes and No being four votes. Voter turnout in the district was slightly below the province wide average of 46%.[38]

Official district returns were released to the public on December 31, 1957.[38] The Social Credit government in power at the time did not considered the results binding.[40] However the results of the vote led the government to repeal all existing liquor legislation and introduce an entirely new Liquor Act.[41]

Municipal districts lying inside electoral districts that voted against the Plebiscite were designated Local Option Zones by the Alberta Liquor Control Board and considered effective dry zones, business owners that wanted a license had to petition for a binding municipal plebiscite in order to be granted a license.[42]

Student Vote results[edit]

2004 election[edit]

Participating Schools[43]
Crescent Heights High School
Crestwood Elementary School
McCoy High School
Medicine Hat High School
River Heights Elementary
Southview 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[44]
Affiliation Candidate Votes %
     Progressive Conservative Rob Renner 586 42.71%
     Liberal Karen Charlton 361 26.31%
     NDP Diana Arnott 209 15.23%
     Alberta Alliance Scott Cowan 109 7.94%
     Social Credit Jonathan Lorentzen 107 7.81%
Total 1,372 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 25

2012 election[edit]

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