Wild Rose (electoral district)

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Wild Rose
Flag of Alberta.svg Alberta electoral district
Alberta federal ridings (rural) - Wild Rose.svg
Wild Rose in relation to other Alberta ridings
Federal electoral district
Legislature House of Commons
MP
 
 
 
Blake Richards
Conservative
District created 1986
First contested 1988
Last contested 2011
District webpage profile, map
Demographics
Population (2011)[1] 138,617
Electors (2011) 90,193
Area (km²)[2] 28,054.46
Pop. density (per km²) 4.9
Census divisions Division No. 6, Division No. 9, Division No. 15
Census subdivisions Calgary, Rocky View County, Airdrie, Cochrane, Mountain View County, Canmore, Clearwater County, Olds, Banff, Didsbury

Wild Rose is a federal electoral district in Alberta, Canada, that has been represented in the House of Commons of Canada since 1988. It had been called a safe seat for the Conservative Party of Canada.

Geography[edit]

The district is in the southwest part of Alberta, stretching from the British Columbia border to the outer northern suburbs of Calgary. Within the large riding are: the City of Airdrie, the towns of Olds, Didsbury, Cochrane, Canmore, and Banff, the Municipal District of Bighorn No. 8, Mountain View County, Improvement District No. 9, and parts of Clearwater County and Rocky View County. The Stoney First Nation is also located within the riding. The riding is bounded by British Columbia to the west, Calgary to the southeast and Red Deer to the northeast.

History[edit]

The electoral district was created in 1986 from Bow River, Red Deer and Macleod ridings.

In 2003, about 30% of this district was transferred to Crowfoot riding and about 4% of Red Deer riding was transferred to this district.

Since its creation Wild Rose has been one of the safest ridings in the country for the Conservative Party and its predecessors, which have won every election since 1993 by lopsided margins. Neither the Liberals nor the New Democrats have ever secured more than 15 percent of the vote in Wild Rose. In the 2006 election, the Green Party finished a distant second with 10.84 percent of the popular vote, which was among the highest percentages received for the Green Party in that election. The Green Party candidate, Lisa Fox, was again the second-place finisher in the October 2008 election, finishing ahead of the Liberal, New Democratic and Libertarian candidates with 6,389 votes, but far behind the winner Richards, who won 72.9 percent of all votes cast (36,869 votes total).[3] In 2011 Richards defeated all of his opponents combined by a nearly three-to-one margin.

List of Members of Parliament[edit]

This riding has elected the following members of the House of Commons of Canada:

Parliament Years Member Party
Wild Rose
Riding created from Bow River, Red Deer and Macleod
34th  1988 − 1993     Louise Feltham Progressive Conservative
35th  1993 − 1997     Myron Thompson Reform
36th  1997 − 2000
 2000 − 2000     Alliance
37th  2000 − 2003
 2003 − 2004     Conservative
38th  2004 − 2006
39th  2006 − 2008
40th  2008 − 2011     Blake Richards Conservative
41st  2011 − Present

Member of Parliament[edit]

Its Member of Parliament is Blake Richards, a realtor and volunteer firefighter before becoming MP. He was first elected as a candidate of the Conservative Party in the 2008 election following the retirement of his predecessor, Myron Thompson. Richards worked for Thompson as Constituency Assistant for seven years. Richards is a member of the Commons' Standing Committees on Agriculture and Agri-Food, and Public Safety and National Defence.

Election results[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative Blake Richards 43,669 74.7 +1.8 $49,673
New Democratic Jeff Horvath 6,595 11.3 +3.1 $3,784
Green Michael MacDonald 4,071 7.0 -5.6 $5,270
Liberal John Reilly 3,908 6.7 +1.0 $43,616
Christian Heritage Randy VandenBroek 181 0.3
Total valid votes/Expense limit 58,424 100.0
Total rejected ballots 128 0.2 0.0
Turnout 58,552 61.7 +6
Eligible voters 94,970
Canadian federal election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative Blake Richards 36,869 72.9 +0.4 $50,972
Green Lisa Fox 6,390 12.6 +1.8 $14,559
New Democratic Jeff Horvath 4,169 8.2 +0.9 $5,001
Liberal Jenn Turcott 2,890 5.7 -4.0 $6,555
Libertarian Krista Zoobkoff 246 0.5
Total valid votes/Expense limit 50,564 100.0 $101,401
Total rejected ballots 107 0.2 0.0
Turnout 50,671 56 -9
Canadian federal election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative Myron Thompson 39,487 72.2 +1.6 $52,003
Green Sean Maw 5,929 10.8 +2.6 $8,652
Liberal Judy Stewart 5,331 9.7 -2.9 $8,736
New Democratic Shannon Nelles 3,972 7.3 -1.2 $2,057
Total valid votes 54,715 100.0
Total rejected ballots 127 0.2 0.0
Turnout 54,842 66.7 +5.2
Canadian federal election, 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative Myron Thompson 33,337 70.6 -12.7 $41,324
Liberal Judy Stewart 5,971 12.6 +1.6 $22,911
New Democratic Jeff Horvath 4,009 8.5 +4.4 $4,672
Green Chris Foote 3,904 8.3 $696
Total valid votes 47,221 100.0
Total rejected ballots 101 0.2 -0.1
Turnout 47,322 61.51 -1.0
Canadian federal election, 2000
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Alliance Myron Thompson 40,193 70.4 +6.6 $38,078
Progressive Conservative Truper McBride 7,370 12.9 -6.1 $17,837
Liberal Bryan Mahoney 6,334 11.1 -1.0 $8,304
New Democratic Anne Wilson 2,320 4.1% +0.5 $2,552
Independent Garnet T. Hammer 908 1.6 $72
Total valid votes 57,125 100.0
Total rejected ballots 175 0.3
Turnout 57,300 62.5 +2.0
Canadian federal election, 1997
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Reform Myron Thompson 28,569 63.8 +0.4 $43,013
Progressive Conservative Bert Dyck 8,506 19.0 +3.6 $34,928
Liberal Bryan Mahoney 5,428 12.1 -2.0 $9,259
New Democratic Anne Wilson 1,594 3.6 +1.3 $2,614
Green Vanessa Violini 692 1.5 +0.6 $275
Total valid votes 44,789 100.0
Total rejected ballots 88 0.2
Turnout 44,877 60.5
Canadian federal election, 1993
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Reform Myron Thompson 30,820 63.4 +30.0
Progressive Conservative Louise Feltham 7,502 15.4 -32.8
Liberal Roy Shellnutt 6,861 14.1 +4.0
New Democratic Anne Wilson 1,095 2.3 -5.5
National Stuart Hughes 807 1.7
Independent Michael Leslie 581 1.2
Green Scott Chisholm Lamont 457 0.9
Independent Dave Strang 267 0.5
Natural Law Dale Doram 201 0.4
Total valid votes 48,591 100.0
Canadian federal election, 1988
Party Candidate Votes %
Progressive Conservative Louise Feltham 20,054 48.2
Reform Dal Brown 13,895 33.4
Liberal Cathy Richards 4,209 10.1
New Democratic Robin Slater 3,209 7.7
Confederation of Regions Dennis S. Combs 209 0.5
Total valid votes 41,576 100.0

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