Athabasca (Saskatchewan provincial electoral district)

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Athabasca
Saskatchewan electoral district
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Provincial electoral district
Legislature Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan
MLA
 
 
 
Buckley Belanger
New Democratic
District created 1934
First contested 1934
Last contested 2016
Demographics
Population (2001) 13,041
Electors (2003) 7,146
Census divisions Division No. 18
Census subdivisions La Loche, Île-à-la-Crosse, Buffalo Narrows

Athabasca is a provincial electoral district for the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan, Canada. It is located in the extreme northwest corner of the province. The major industries are tourism, mineral extraction, forestry, commercial fishing and trapping. The Cluff Lake uranium mine is located in this constituency, as well as the Athabasca Sand Dunes Provincial Park and the Clearwater River Provincial Park. The major communities are La Loche, Île-à-la-Crosse and Buffalo Narrows with populations of 2,136, 1,268 and 1,137 respectively.

The election was most recently contested in the 2016 general election, during which incumbent NDP MLA Buckley Belanger was re-elected.

There is also a former provincial electoral district of the same name that was created before the 1908 general election and was dissolved before the 1917 general election.

History[edit]

In 1998 Buckley Belanger was elected, winning by 159 votes. Belanger left the Liberals, putting his seat on the line to run as a New Democrat. In the by-election, he defeated the Liberal candidate by 2,050 votes (94% of the popular vote), the second-largest majority in the history of the province. Belanger was subsequently re-elected in every general election since then, most recently in 2016. The riding is considered one of the safest New Democratic seats in Saskatchewan.[1]

Member of the Legislative Assembly[edit]

This riding has elected the following Members of the Legislative Assembly:

Legislature Years Member Party
Athabasca
2nd  1908–1912     Joseph Nolin Liberal
3rd  1912–1917
Riding dissolved
Riding re-created
8th  1934–1938     Deakin Hall Liberal
9th  1938–1941 Jules Marion
 1941–1944 Hubert Staines
10th  1944–1948 Louis Marcien Marion
11th  1948–1952     Independent
12th  1952–1956     James Ripley Liberal
13th  1956–1960     John James Harrop Co-operative Commonwealth
14th  1960–1964     Allan Ray Guy Liberal
15th  1964–1967
16th  1967–1971
17th  1971–1972
 1972–1975
18th  1975–1978     Frederick John Thompson New Democratic
19th  1978–1982
20th  1982–1986
21st  1986–1991
22nd  1991–1995
23rd  1995–1998     Buckley Belanger Liberal
 1998–1999     New Democratic
24th  1999–2003
25th  2003–2007
26th  2007–2011
27th  2011–2016
28th  2016–Present

Election results[edit]

Athabasca, 1934–present[edit]

Saskatchewan general election, 2016
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
New Democratic Buckley Belanger 1,756 64.67 +0.88
Saskatchewan Philip Elliott 644 23.72 -11.16
Liberal Michael Wolverine 262 9.65 +9.65
Green Max C.D. Morin 53 1.95 +0.62
Total valid votes 100.0  
Eligible voters
New Democratic hold Swing -
Source: Elections Saskatchewan,[2][3] Global News[1]
Saskatchewan general election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
New Democratic Buckley Belanger 1,867 63.79 +4.38
Saskatchewan Bobby Woods 1,021 34.88 +2.99
Green George Durocher 39 1.33 –1.88
Total valid votes 2,927 100.0  
New Democratic hold Swing +0.70
Saskatchewan general election, 2007
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
New Democratic Buckley Belanger 1,885 59.41 –10.58
Saskatchewan Phil Elliott 1,012 31.89 +8.54
Liberal Malvina Iron 174 5.48 –0.54
Green Sean Gilchrist 102 3.21
Total valid votes 3,173 100.0  
New Democratic hold Swing –9.56
Saskatchewan general election, 2003
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
New Democratic Buckley Belanger 2,407 69.99 –14.39
Saskatchewan Greg Ross 803 23.35 +20.80
Liberal Philip Durocher 207 6.02 –7.05
Progressive Conservative Sean Gilchrist 22 0.64
Total valid votes 3,439 100.0  
New Democratic hold Swing –17.60
Saskatchewan general election, 1999
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
New Democratic Buckley Belanger 2,512 84.38 –9.26
Liberal Allan Adam 389 13.06 +8.84
Saskatchewan Bert Roach 76 2.55 +0.42
Total valid votes 2,977 100.0  
New Democratic hold Swing –9.05
Saskatchewan provincial by-election, 26 October 1998
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
New Democratic Buckley Belanger 2,153 93.64 +53.43
Liberal Winston McKay 97 4.21 –41.37
Saskatchewan Tyson Delorme 49 2.13
Total valid votes 2,299 100.0  
New Democratic gain from Liberal Swing +47.40
Saskatchewan general election, 1995
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Buckley Belanger 1,347 45.59 +40.85
New Democratic Frederick John Thompson 1,188 40.21 –43.58
Independent Jimmy Montgrand 390 13.20
Progressive Conservative Clay Poupart 29 0.98 –7.54
Total valid votes 2,954 100.0  
Liberal gain from New Democratic Swing +42.22
Saskatchewan general election, 1991
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
New Democratic Frederick John Thompson 3,253 83.79 +28.59
Progressive Conservative Frank Petit 331 8.52 –2.17
Liberal Darren McKee 184 4.73 –29.35
Independent Mike Daley 114 2.93
Total valid votes 3,882 100.0  
New Democratic hold Swing +15.38
Saskatchewan general election, 1986
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
New Democratic Frederick John Thompson 2,357 55.19 +19.12
Liberal Jim Durocher 1,456 34.09 +22.91
Progressive Conservative Pat Cardinal 457 10.70 –15.39
Total valid votes 4,270 100.0  
New Democratic hold Swing –1.90
Saskatchewan general election, 1982
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
New Democratic Frederick John Thompson 1,606 36.07 –22.16
Progressive Conservative Bruce Clarke 1,162 26.10 –3.26
Independent Rod Bishop 976 21.92
Liberal Willard Quewezance 498 11.18 –1.20
Aboriginal People's Vital Morin 210 4.71
Total valid votes 4,452 100.0  
New Democratic hold Swing –9.45
Saskatchewan general election, 1978
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
New Democratic Frederick John Thompson 2,340 58.23 +20.11
Progressive Conservative Frank Petit 1,180 29.36 +18.54
Liberal Henry Ethelbert Coupland 498 12.39 –17.34
Total valid votes 4,018 100.0  
New Democratic hold Swing +0.78
Saskatchewan general election, 1975
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
New Democratic Frederick John Thompson 1,483 38.12 –4.38
Liberal Ben Siemens 1,157 29.74 –13.70
Independent Rod Bishop 829 21.31
Progressive Conservative Roy Simpson 421 10.82 +9.64
Total valid votes 3,890 100.0  
New Democratic gain from Liberal Swing +4.66
Saskatchewan provincial by-election, 27 September 1972
On the election being overturned by judicial recount
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Allan Ray Guy 1,398 43.44 –6.72
New Democratic Robert Dalby 1,368 42.51 –7.31
Independent Ray Jones 414 12.86
Progressive Conservative William Howard McGill 38 1.18
Total valid votes 3,218 100.0  
Liberal hold Swing +0.30
Saskatchewan general election, 1971
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Allan Ray Guy 1,770 50.17 +9.85
New Democratic Robert Dalby 1,758 49.82 +24.20
Total valid votes 3,528 100.0  
Liberal hold Swing –7.18
Saskatchewan general election, 1967
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Allan Ray Guy 1,397 49.59 +9.27
Progressive Conservative Harry J. Houghton 818 29.03 –5.01
New Democratic Tony Wood 602 21.37 –4.25
Total valid votes 2,817 100.0  
Liberal hold Swing +7.14
Saskatchewan general election, 1964
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Allan Ray Guy 1,076 40.31 +6.41
Progressive Conservative Harry J. Houghton 909 34.05 +12.36
Co-operative Commonwealth John M. Stonehocker 684 25.62 –2.31
Total valid votes 2,669 100.0  
Liberal hold Swing –2.98
Saskatchewan general election, 1960
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Allan Ray Guy 972 33.90 –9.80
Co-operative Commonwealth Allan Quant 801 27.93 –21.44
Progressive Conservative Harry J. Houghton 622 21.69
Social Credit Dana Spence 472 16.46 +9.55
Total valid votes 2,867 100.0  
Liberal gain from Co-operative Commonwealth Swing +5.82
Saskatchewan general election, 1956
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Co-operative Commonwealth John James Harrop 836 49.37 +10.73
Liberal Frederick Alexander Matheson 740 43.70 –17.64
Social Credit John I. Bondoreff 117 6.91
Total valid votes 1,693 100.0  
Co-operative Commonwealth gain from Liberal Swing +14.18
Saskatchewan general election, 1952
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal James Ripley 543 61.35
Co-operative Commonwealth C.L. MacLean 342 38.64 +10.08
Total valid votes 885 100.0  
Liberal gain from Independent Swing +25.64
Saskatchewan general election, 1948
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Independent Louis Marcien Marion 628 52.59 –28.17
Co-operative Commonwealth Axel Olsen 341 28.55 +21.20
Independent Joseph David Le Chasseur 225 18.84
Total valid votes 1,194 100.0  
Independent notional gain from Liberal Swing –24.68
Saskatchewan general election, 1944
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal Louis Marcien Marion 626 80.77
Independent Errick Guttormur Erickson 78 10.06
Co-operative Commonwealth Pierre Ephrem Ayotte 57 7.35
Progressive Conservative Alexander Fred De Laronde 9 1.16
Independent Liberal Francis Xavier Poitras 5 0.64
Total valid votes 775 100.0  
Saskatchewan provincial by-election, 28 July 1941
On the death of Jules Marion, 5 April 1941
Party Candidate Votes
Liberal Hubert Staines acclaimed
Saskatchewan general election, 1938
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Jules Marion 642 50.55 +8.35
Liberal William J. Windrum 628 49.44
Total valid votes 1,270 100.0  
Saskatchewan general election, 1934
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal Deakin Hall 1,329 57.80
Liberal Jules Marion 970 42.19
Total valid votes 2,299 100.0  
Liberal pickup new district.

Athabasca, 1908–1917[edit]

Saskatchewan general election, 1912
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Joseph Nolin 163 80.29 –16.25
Progressive Conservative George Robert Russel 40 19.70 +16.26
Total valid votes 203 100.0  
Liberal hold Swing –16.26
Saskatchewan general election, 1908
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal Joseph Nolin 252 96.55
Provincial Rights Aime T. Besnard 9 3.44
Total valid votes 261 100.0  
Liberal pickup new district.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Saskatchewan election results 2016: NDP wins Athabasca riding". Global News. 5 April 2016. Retrieved 5 April 2016. 
  2. ^ "Register of Official Candidates by Constituency - March 19 - FINAL" (PDF). Elections Saskatchewan. 19 March 2016. Retrieved 23 March 2016. 
  3. ^ "2016 General Election Results". Elections Saskatchewan. 4 April 2016. Retrieved 7 November 2016. 

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