Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills

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Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills
Flag of Alberta.svg Alberta electoral district
OldsDidsburyThreeHills in Alberta.jpg
2010 boundaries
Provincial electoral district
Legislature Legislative Assembly of Alberta
MLA
 
 
 
Bruce Rowe
Wildrose
District created 1996
First contested 1997
Last contested 2012

Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills is a provincial electoral district for the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, Canada. The district was created in 1996 and is mandated to return a single member using the first past the post method of voting.

This riding in south-central Alberta stretches from the Red Deer River in the east to the area around Cremona in the west. Agriculture is the major employer, with retail a distant second. While most of Alberta is benefiting from an oil and gas boom, this constituency has been left behind. Household incomes, at $53,174, are below the Alberta average.[1] Seven per cent of residents are considered low income. More than two-thirds of the people here were born in Alberta, while seven per cent are immigrants. People of German origin make up nine per cent of the population. More than 96 per cent say their language at home is English, the second-highest rate in Alberta. (2001 census)

History[edit]

The electoral district was created in the 1996 boundary redistribution from the old electoral districts of Olds-Didsbury and Three Hills-Airdrie.

In the 2004 redistribution the boundaries changed somewhat, with an agricultural section in the far west transferred to Banff-Cochrane, while in the southeast a section of the old Drumheller-Chinook riding - including the community of Carbon - was added. Major communities include Olds, Didsbury, Carstairs, Trochu and Three Hills, as well as Olds College. It covers Kneehill County and most of Mountain View County.

The 2010 boundary redistribution saw the district absorb the northern portions of Airdrie-Chestermere and Foothills-Rocky View which were both abolished and it lost some land on the eastern boundary to Drumheller-Stettler.[2]

Boundary history[edit]

Representation history[edit]

Members of the Legislative Assembly for
Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills
Assembly Years Member Party
See Olds-Didsbury 1979-1997 and Three Hills-Airdrie 1993-1997
24th 1997-2001 Richard Marz Progressive Conservative
25th 2001-2004
26th 2004-2008
27th 2008-2012
2012 Vacant
28th 2012–present Bruce Rowe Wildrose

Right-leaning parties have fared well in this riding. Richard Marz, the incumbent, has been the riding's only representative since it was founded. In his first election win in 1997, the runner-up was Social Credit candidate Don MacDonald who had previously served as an MLA under the Liberal banner in the Legislative Assembly from 1992-1993.

Marz achieved a landslide running for his second term in the 2001 election taking over 80% of the popular vote. The 2004 election saw the Alliance Party in a distant second with 16.5%. The 2008 election resulted with Marz increasing his votes by 4.66% over the 2004 results. The Alliance Party changed names to the Wildrose Alliance Party and remained well behind with only 21.03% of the vote. Marz vacated the seat ahead of the 2012 general election on March 16, 2012. Wildrose candidate Bruce Rowe was elected in the 2012 provincial election.

Legislature results[edit]

1997 general election[edit]

1997 Alberta general election results[5] Turnout 61.61% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Progressive Conservative Richard Marz 6,958 57.08% *
     Social Credit Don MacDonald 3,422 28.07% *
     Liberal Dave Herbert 1,562 12.82% *
     NDP Anne Wilson 247 2.03% *
Total 12,189 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 29
19,830 Eligible Electors
     Progressive Conservative pickup new district Swing N/A

2001 general election[edit]

2001 Alberta general election results[6] Turnout 61.27% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Progressive Conservative Richard Marz 10,553 80.81% 23.73%
     Liberal Gayleen Roelfsema 1,663 12.74% -0.09% *
     Social Credit Nicolas Semmler 460 3.52% -24.55% *
     NDP Brenda Dyck 383 2.93% 0.90% *
Total 13,059 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 48
21,391 Eligible Electors
     Progressive Conservative hold Swing 11.91%

2004 general election[edit]

2004 Alberta general election results[7] Turnout 56.73% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Progressive Conservative Richard Marz 7,277 59.40% -21.40%
     Alberta Alliance Gordon Quantz 2,023 16.51% *
     Liberal Tony Vonesch 1,336 10.91% -1.83% *
     Separation Brian Vasseur 746 6.09% *
Greens Sarah Henckel-Sutmoller 469 3.83% *
     NDP Christopher Davies 257 2.10% -0.83% *
     Social Credit Myrna Kissick 143 1.16% -2.36% *
Total 12,251 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 70
21,718 Eligible Electors
     Progressive Conservative hold Swing -18.96%

2008 general election[edit]

2008 Alberta general election results[8] Turnout 47.20% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Progressive Conservative Richard Marz 7,837 64.06% 4.66%
     Wildrose Alliance Curt Engel 2,572 21.03% 4.52% *
     Liberal Tony Vonesch 1,038 8.49% -2.42%
Greens Kate Haddow 518 4.23% 0.40% *
     NDP Andy Davies 268 2.19% 0.09% *
Total 12,233 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 59
26,040 Eligible Electors
     Progressive Conservative hold Swing 4.59%

2012 general election[edit]

2012 Alberta general election Turnout % Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Wildrose Bruce Rowe 10,181 56.77% % *
     Progressive Conservative Darcy Davis 6,633 36.99% % *
     NDP Kristie Krezanoski 565 3.15% % *
     Liberal Garth Davis 555 3.09% % *
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: Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills[9] Turnout 56.98%
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Votes % Ballots Rank
     Progressive Conservative Bert Brown 6,517 19.24% 59.43% 1
     Progressive Conservative Betty Unger 4,721 13.94% 43.05% 2
     Progressive Conservative Jim Silye 3,687 10.89% 33.62% 5
     Independent Link Byfield 3,483 10.28% 31.76% 4
     Progressive Conservative Cliff Breitkreuz 3,439 10.15% 31.36% 3
     Progressive Conservative David Usherwood 2,969 8.77% 27.08% 6
     Alberta Alliance Vance Gough 2,816 8.31% 25.68% 8
     Alberta Alliance Michael Roth 2,500 7.38% 22.80% 7
     Alberta Alliance Gary Horan 2,263 6.68% 20.64% 10
     Independent Tom Sindlinger 1,478 4.36% 13.48% 9
Total Votes 33,873 100%
Total Ballots 10,966 3.09 Votes Per Ballot
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 1,409

Voters had the option of selecting 4 Candidates on the Ballot

2012 Senate nominee election district results[edit]

Student Vote[edit]

2004 election[edit]

Participating Schools[10]
Acme School
Carbon School
Didsbury High School
Dr. Elliott School
Prairie Christian Academy
Three Hills School
Trochu Valley School
Westglen 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[11]
Affiliation Candidate Votes %
     Progressive Conservative Richard Marz 449 42.20%
Greens Sarah Henckel-Sutmoller 170 15.98%
     Alberta Alliance Gordon Quantz 154 14.47%
     Liberal Tony Vonesch 120 11.28%
     Separation Brian Vasseur 109 10.24%
     NDP Christopher Davies 41 3.85%
     Social Credit Myrna Kissick 21 1.98%
Total 1,064 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 19

2012 election[edit]

2012 Alberta Student Vote results
Affiliation Candidate Votes %
     Progressive Conservative Darcy Davis %
     Wildrose Bruce Rowe %
     Alberta Party %
     NDP Kristie Krezanoski %
Total ' 100%

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Riding Profiles". CBC News. 
  2. ^ "Proposed Electoral Division Areas, Boundaries, and Names for Alberta". Alberta Electoral Boundaries Commission. June 2010. p. 21. Retrieved January 14, 2012. 
  3. ^ "E‑4.1". Statutes of the Province of Alberta. Government of Alberta. 2003. pp. 60–62. 
  4. ^ "Bill 28 Electoral Divisions Act". Legislative Assembly of Alberta. 2010. 
  5. ^ "1997 General Election". Elections Alberta. Retrieved January 26, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Electoral Division of Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills Statement of Official Results". Elections Alberta. Retrieved January 26, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills Statement of Official Results 2004 Alberta general election". Elections Alberta. Retrieved March 27, 2010. 
  8. ^ The Report on the March 3, 2008 Provincial General Election of the Twenty-seventh Legislative Assembly. Elections Alberta. July 28, 2008. pp. 496–501. 
  9. ^ "Senate Nominee Election 2004 Tabulation of Official Results". Elections Alberta. Retrieved February 28, 2010. 
  10. ^ "School by School results". Student Vote Canada. Retrieved 2008-04-27. [dead link]
  11. ^ "Riding by Riding Results - the Candidates". Student Vote Canada. Retrieved 2008-04-19. [dead link]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 51°44′56″N 113°45′54″W / 51.749°N 113.765°W / 51.749; -113.765