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Alberta electoral district
Athabasca-Redwater in relation to Edmonton2004.png
2004 boundaries
Defunct provincial electoral district
Legislature Legislative Assembly of Alberta
District created 2004
District abolished 2012
First contested 2004
Last contested 2008

Athabasca-Redwater was a provincial electoral district in Alberta, Canada. The district was one of 83 mandated to return a single member to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta using the first past the post method of voting.

The district in rural northern Alberta was created in the 2004 boundary redistribution out of a large portion of Barhead-Westlock and Athabasca-Wabasca in the north as well as a portion of Redwater on the eastern side. The district had three major towns Bon Accord, Redwater and Athabasca.

The district and its antecedents favored Progressive Conservative candidates in recent years. There were two representatives in the district.


The electoral district was created in the 2003 boundary redistribution from parts of the electoral districts of Athabasca-Wabasca, Barrhead-Westlock and Redwater.

The 2010 boundary redistribution saw the electoral district change to align to new municipal boundaries on the northern and western edges. It was renamed Athabasca-Sturgeon-Redwater.[1] The change in name and boundaries took effect at the drop of the writ for the 2012 Alberta general election.

Boundary history[edit]

Representation history[edit]

Members of the Legislative Assembly for Athabasca-Redwater[3]
Assembly Years Member Party
See Athabasca-Wabasca 1993-2004, Barrhead-Westlock 1993-2004
and Redwater 1993-2004
26th 2004–2008 Mike Cardinal Progressive Conservative
27th 2008–present Jeff Johnson
See Athabasca-Sturgeon-Redwater 2012-present

The electoral district was created in the 2004 boundary redistribution. The election held that year saw Incumbent Progressive Conservative Cabinet Minister Mike Cardinal who previously represented the Athabasca-Wabasca electoral district win here. He defeated five other candidates with just under half the popular vote to pick up the new district for his party.

Cardinal kept his spot in cabinet and was shuffled to the Human Resources and Employment portfolio by Premier Ralph Klein. He was shuffled to the backbenches in 2006 and retired from the legislature at dissolution 2008.

The second representative of the district was Progressive Conservative MLA Jeff Johnson. He was elected for the first time in 2008 with a landslide majority.

Legislature results[edit]

2004 general election[edit]

2004 Alberta general election results[4] Turnout 50.00% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
Progressive Conservative Mike Cardinal 5,707 47.68%
  Liberal Kelly McDonnell 3,253 27.18% *
New Democratic Peter Opryshko 1,397 11.67%
Alberta Alliance Sean Whelan 1,184 9.89%
Green Luke de Smet 252 2.11% *
Social Credit Leonard Fish 177 1.47%
Total 11,970 100%
Rejected Ballots 66
24,074 Eligible Electors

2008 general election[edit]

2008 Alberta general election results[5] Turnout 42.51% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
Progressive Conservative Jeff Johnson 7,484 67.99% 20.31%
Liberal Bill Bonko Jr. 1,379 12.53% -14.65%
New Democratic Peter Opryshko 1,225 11.13% -0.54%
Wildrose Alliance Mike Radojcic 517 4.69% -5.20%
Green Phyllis Penchuck 403 3.66% 1.55% *
Total 11,008 100%
Rejected Ballots 30
25,963 Eligible Electors
Progressive Conservative hold Swing 17.48%

Senate nominee district results[edit]

2004 Senate nominee election district results[edit]

2004 Senate nominee election results: Athabasca-Redwater[6] Turnout 50.02%
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Votes % Ballots Rank
Progressive Conservative Betty Unger 4,603 14.53% 45.84% 2
Progressive Conservative Bert Brown 4,112 12.98% 40.95% 1
Progressive Conservative Cliff Breitkreuz 3,813 12.04% 37.97% 3
  Independent Link Byfield 3,405 10.75% 33.91% 4
Alberta Alliance Michael Roth 3,017 9.52% 30.05% 7
Alberta Alliance Gary Horan 2,823 8.91% 28.12% 10
Alberta Alliance Vance Gough 2,800 8.84% 27.89% 8
Progressive Conservative Jim Silye 2,466 7.78% 24.56% 5
Progressive Conservative David Usherwood 2,450 7.73% 24.40% 6
  Independent Tom Sindlinger 2,193 6.92% 21.84% 9
Total Votes 31,682 100%
Total Ballots 10,041 3.16 Votes Per Ballot
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 962

Voters had the option of selecting 4 Candidates on the Ballot

Student Vote results[edit]

2004 election[edit]

Participating Schools[7]
Guthrie School
H.A. Kostash School
Lilian Schick school
Namao school
Newbrook School
Sturgeon Composite High School
Thorhild Central 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[8]
Affiliation Candidate Votes %
Progressive Conservative Mike Cardinal 337 36.39%
Green Luke de Smet 185 19.98%
  Liberal Nicole Belland 173 18.68%
New Democratic Peter Opryshko 110 11.88%
Alberta Alliance Sean Whelan 69 7.45%
Social Credit Leonard Fish 52 5.62%
Total 926 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 42


  1. ^ "Proposed Electoral Division Areas, Boundaries, and Names for Alberta" (PDF). Alberta Electoral Boundaries Commission. June 2010. p. 19. Retrieved January 14, 2012. 
  2. ^ "E‑4.1". Statutes of the Province of Alberta. Government of Alberta. 2003. pp. 23–24. 
  3. ^ "Members of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta 1905-2006" (PDF). Legislative Assembly of Alberta. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 30, 2007. Retrieved February 27, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Athabasca-Redwater Statement of Official Results 2004 Alberta general election" (PDF). Elections Alberta. Retrieved February 28, 2010. 
  5. ^ The Report on the March 3, 2008 Provincial General Election of the Twenty-seventh Legislative Assembly. Elections Alberta. pp. 352–357. 
  6. ^ "Senate Nominee Election 2004 Tabulation of Official Results" (PDF). Elections Alberta. Retrieved February 28, 2010. 
  7. ^ "School by School results". Student Vote Canada. Archived from the original on October 5, 2007. Retrieved 2008-04-27. 
  8. ^ "Riding by Riding Results - the Candidates". Student Vote Canada. Archived from the original on February 13, 2012. Retrieved 2008-04-19. 

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