West Yellowhead (electoral district)

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West Yellowhead
Flag of Alberta.svg Alberta electoral district
WestYellowhead in Alberta.jpg
2010 boundaries
Provincial electoral district
Legislature Legislative Assembly of Alberta
MLA
 
 
 
Robin Campbell
Progressive Conservative
District created 1986
First contested 1986
Last contested 2012

West Yellowhead is a provincial electoral district in Alberta, Canada. The district is one of 87 current riding's mandated to return a single member to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta using the first past the post method of voting.

The district was created in the 1986 boundary redistribution from most of the old Edson electoral district. It is primarily rural and exists in north-western Alberta. The largest communities in the constituency are Edson, Hinton and Jasper.

The district in its early history was a swing riding changing party hands often. Recently support has gone to electing candidates from the Progressive Conservatives who have held the district with sizable majorities since 1997. The current representative is Progressive Conservative MLA Robin Campbell who was first elected in 2008. He was re-elected in the 2012 provincial election.

History[edit]

The electoral district was created in the 1985 boundary redistribution from the old electoral district of Edson. Since it was created the district has remained almost unchanged. The 2010 boundary redistribution did not change the riding from 2003.[1]

Boundary history[edit]

Members of the Legislative Assembly for West Yellowhead[3]
Assembly Years Member Party
See: Edson 1913-1986
21st 1986–1989 Ian Reid Progressive Conservative
22nd 1989–1993 Jerry Doyle NDP
23rd 1993–1997 Duco Van Binsbergen Liberal
24th 1997–2001 Ivan Strang Progressive Conservative
25th 2001–2004
26th 2004–2008
27th 2008–2012 Robin Campbell Progressive Conservative
28th 2012–present

Electoral history[edit]

The electoral district was created in the 1986 general election. The first election held that year saw a tight race between incumbent Progressive Conservative MLA Ian Reid who had previously represented the Edson electoral district and New Democrat candidate Phil Oakes. Reid barely hung onto win to pick up the new district for his party.

The 1989 election would see Reid defeated by New Democrat candidate Jerry Doyle in another close race. Doyle would only last a single term in office as he was defeated by Liberal candidate Duco Van Binsbergen in the 1993 general election.

The Progressive Conservatives would regain the seat in the 1997 general election as candidate Ivan Strang defeated Van Binsbergen. Strang was re-elected in the 2001 election with a solid majority. He won a third term in the 2004 general election taking less than half the popular vote but winning a comfortable plurality over the opposition candidates which polled an evenly dived vote. He would retire from office in 2008.

The current representative is Progressive Conservative Robin Campbell who was elected in 2008 and re-elected in 2012.

Legislature results[edit]

1986 general election[edit]

1986 Alberta general election results[4] Turnout 45.19% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Progressive Conservative Ian Reid 3,207 44.86% *
     NDP Phil Oakes 3,005 42.04% *
     Liberal Laurie Switzer 749 10.48% *
     Western Canada Concept Lorraine Oberg 187 2.62% *
Total 7,148 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 21
15,863 Eligible Electors
     Progressive Conservative pickup new district Swing N/A

1989 general election[edit]

1989 Alberta general election results[5] Turnout 52.15% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     NDP Jerry Doyle 3,989 47.26% 5.22% *
     Progressive Conservative Ian Reid 3,109 36.83% -8.03%
     Liberal Sharron Johnstone 1,103 13.07% 2.59% *
     Independent Harvey Ball 240 2.84% *
Total 8,441 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 25
16,234 Eligible Electors
     NDP pickup from Progressive Conservative Swing 6.63%

1993 general election[edit]

1993 Alberta general election results[6] Turnout 55.44% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Liberal Duco Van Binsbergen 3,562 37.07% 24.00% *
     Progressive Conservative Fiona Cleary 3,101 32.28% -4.55% *
     NDP Jerry Doyle 2,243 23.34% -23.92%
     Social Credit Garry Klewchuk 582 6.06% *
Greens Mario Houle 120 1.25% *
Total 9,608 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 21
17,367 Eligible Electors
     Liberal pickup from NDP Swing 14.28%

1997 general election[edit]

1997 Alberta general election results[7] Turnout 55.90% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Progressive Conservative Ivan Strang 4,498 42.05% 9.77% *
     Liberal Duco Van Binsbergen 3,795 35.47% -1.60%
     NDP Glenn Taylor 2,130 19.91% -3.43% *
     Social Credit John Ahlstrom 275 2.57% -3.49% *
Total 10,698 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 22
19,176 Eligible Electors
     Progressive Conservative pickup from Liberal Swing 5.69%

2001 general election[edit]

2001 Alberta general election results[8] Turnout 51.48% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Progressive Conservative Ivan Strang 5,763 59.14% 17.09%
     Liberal Lyle Benson 3,180 32.64% -2.83% *
     NDP Noel Lapierre 801 8.22% -11.69% *
Total 9,774 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 34
18,995 Eligible Electors
     Progressive Conservative hold Swing 9.96%

2004 general election[edit]

2004 Alberta general election results[9] Turnout 46.61% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Progressive Conservative Ivan Strang 3,753 45.72% -13.42%
     NDP Barry Madsen 1,771 21.58% 13.36% *
     Liberal Rob Jolly 1,666 20.30% -12.34% *
     Alberta Alliance Earle Cunningham 675 8.22% *
Greens Monika Schaefer 343 4.18% *
Total 8,208 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 44
17,706 Eligible Electors
     Progressive Conservative hold Swing -13.39%

2008 general election[edit]

2008 Alberta general election results[10] Turnout 35.26% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Progressive Conservative Robin Campbell 4,206 53.83% 8.11% *
     Liberal Lisa Higgerty 1,932 24.72% 4.42% *
     NDP Ken Kuzminski 1,054 13.49% -8.09% *
     Wildrose Alliance Earle Cunningham 326 4.17% -4.05%
Greens Scott Pickett 296 3.79% -0.39% *
Total 7,814 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 32
22,252 Eligible Electors
     Progressive Conservative hold Swing 6.27%

2012 general election[edit]

2012 Alberta general election Turnout % Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Progressive Conservative Robin Campbell 4,405 44.86% % *
     Wildrose Stuart Taylor 2,642 26.91% % *
     Alberta Party Glenn Taylor 1,668 16.99% % *
     NDP Barry Madsen 794 8.09% % *
     Liberal Michael Martyna 310 3.16% % *
Total 9,810 100%
Rejected Ballots '
Eligible Electors
     Swing %

Senate nominee results[edit]

2004 Senate nominee election district results[edit]

2004 Senate nominee election results: West Yellowhead[11] Turnout 46.49%
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Votes % Ballots Rank
     Progressive Conservative Cliff Breitkreuz 4,004 20.24% 59.57% 3
     Progressive Conservative Betty Unger 2,758 13.94% 41.03% 2
     Progressive Conservative Bert Brown 2,125 10.74% 31.61% 1
     Independent Link Byfield 2,025 10.23% 30.13% 4
     Progressive Conservative David Usherwood 1,628 8.23% 24.22% 6
     Alberta Alliance Michael Roth 1,540 7.78% 22.91% 7
     Progressive Conservative Jim Silye 1,506 7.61% 22.40% 5
     Alberta Alliance Gary Horan 1,434 7.25% 21.33% 10
     Alberta Alliance Vance Gough 1,415 7.15% 21.05% 8
     Independent Tom Sindlinger 1,352 6.83% 20.11% 9
Total Votes 19,787 100%
Total Ballots 6,722 2.94 Votes Per Ballot
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 1,510

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[12]
Crescent Valley School
Ecole Mountain View School
Gerard Redmond Community Catholic School
Harry Collinge High School
Holy Redeemer Catholic Jr/Sr High School
Parkland Composite High School
Pine Grove Middle School
Yellowhead Koinonia Christian 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[13]
Affiliation Candidate Votes %
     Progressive Conservative Ivan Strang 593 32.91%
     NDP Barry Madsen 448 24.86%
     Liberal Rob Jolly 341 18.92%
     Alberta Alliance Earle Cunningham 271 15.04%
Greens Monika Schaefer 149 8.27%
Total 1,802 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 62

2012 election[edit]

2012 Alberta Student Vote results[14]
Affiliation Candidate Votes %
     Alberta Party Glenn Taylor 224 34.30%
     Progressive Conservative Robin Campbell 221 33.84%
     Wildrose Stuart Taylor 102 15.62%
     NDP Barry Madsen 57 8.73%
     Liberal Michael Martyna 49 7.50%
Total 653 100%

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Proposed Electoral Division Areas, Boundaries, and Names for Alberta". Alberta Electoral Boundaries Commission. June 2010. p. 22. Retrieved January 14, 2012. 
  2. ^ "E‑4.1". Statutes of the Province of Alberta. Government of Alberta. 2003. p. 74. 
  3. ^ "Members of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta 1905-2006". Legislative Assembly of Alberta. Retrieved February 27, 2010. [dead link]
  4. ^ "West Yellowhead results 1986 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved April 2, 2010. 
  5. ^ "West Yellowhead results 1989 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved April 2, 2010. 
  6. ^ "West Yellowhead results 1993 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved April 2, 2010. 
  7. ^ "1997 General Election". Elections Alberta. Retrieved January 26, 2012. 
  8. ^ "West Yellowhead Official Results 2001 Alberta general election". Elections Alberta. Retrieved April 8, 2010. 
  9. ^ "West Yellowhead Statement of Official Results 2004 Alberta general election". Elections Alberta. Retrieved April 8, 2010. 
  10. ^ The Report on the March 3, 2008 Provincial General Election of the Twenty-seventh Legislative Assembly. Elections Alberta. July 28, 2008. pp. 558–563. 
  11. ^ "Senate Nominee Election 2004 Tabulation of Official Results". Elections Alberta. Retrieved February 28, 2010. 
  12. ^ "School by School results". Student Vote Canada. Retrieved 2008-04-27. [dead link]
  13. ^ "Riding by Riding Results - the Candidates". Student Vote Canada. Retrieved 2008-04-19. [dead link]
  14. ^ "West Yellowhead". Student Vote Canada. Retrieved 2012-06-06. 

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