Calgary-Fish Creek

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Calgary-Fish Creek
Alberta electoral district
Calgary-Fish Creek 2017.svg
Calgary-Fish Creek within the City of Calgary, 2017 boundaries
Provincial electoral district
LegislatureLegislative Assembly of Alberta
MLA
 
 
 
Richard Gotfried
United Conservative
District created1979
First contested1979
Last contested2015

Calgary-Fish Creek is a provincial electoral district in Alberta, Canada. The district is one of 87 mandated to return a single member to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta using the first past the post method of voting.

The district is largely urban located in the south portion of the city of Calgary. It was named after Fish Creek Provincial Park and was created in the 1979 boundary redistribution from the south halves of the electoral districts of Calgary-Glenmore and Calgary-Egmont.

The district has been represented by only three MLA's since 1979. The first was Progressive Conservative William Payne who served here from 1979 to 1993 and the second is Heather Forsyth who has represented the district since 1993 was first elected under the Progressive Conservative banner but crossed the floor to the Wildrose Alliance in 2010. Forsyth was re-elected in the 2012 provincial election under the Wildrose banner. In 2015, Richard Gotfried was elected, as a Progressive Conservative.

History[edit]

The electoral district of Calgary-Fisk Creek was created in the 1979 boundary redistribution from portions of old Calgary-Egmont and Calgary-Glenmore. The 2010 boundary redistribution moved the west boundary to 14th Street into Calgary-Lougheed to keep all of Canyon Meadows in a single district.

Boundary history[edit]

Representation history[edit]

Members of the Legislative Assembly for Calgary-Fish Creek[2]
Assembly Years Member Party
See: Calgary-Egmont 1971-1979 and Calgary-Glenmore 1959-1979
19th 1979–1982 William Payne Progressive Conservative
20th 1982–1986
21st 1986–1989
22nd 1989–1993
23rd 1993–1997 Heather Forsyth
24th 1997–2001
25th 2001–2004
26th 2004–2008
27th 2008–2010
2010–2012 Wildrose Alliance
28th 2012–2015 Wildrose
29th 2015–2017 Richard Gotfried Progressive Conservative
2017–2019 United Conservative
30th 2019–

The electoral district was created in the 1979 boundary redistribution. The first election that year saw Progressive Conservative candidate William Payne win a landslide majority. Payne would almost double his popular vote in the 1982 general election, taking almost 80% of the total vote.

After the election Premier Peter Lougheed appointed Payne as a Minister without portfolio. Payne lost almost 10,000 votes running for his third term in office in the 1986 election. He still won the district with a landslide majority. After the election he was shuffled out of cabinet. He would run for his final election in 1989 and win his fourth term after facing a strong challenge from Liberal candidate Wayne Gillis. Payne retired at dissolution in 1993.

The second representative elected to the district was Heather Forsyth, who was elected in 1993 as Progressive Conservative candidate. She won a comfortable majority over Liberal candidate Marie Cameron to hold the seat for her party. Cameron and Forsyth would face each other in the 1997 general election with Forsyth winning a landslide. She would win her third term in 2001 with an even bigger landslide. After the election Premier Ralph Klein appointed Forsyth to the provincial cabinet as Solicitor General and Minister of Public Security.

Forsyth won her fourth term in the 2004 general election. After the election Klein shuffled her to the Children and Youth Services portfolio which she served until 2006. She won her fifth term in 2008. On January 4, 2010 Forsyth crossed the floor to the Wildrose Alliance. She was re-elected in the 2012 provincial election, and was one of only five Wildrose MLAs who chose not to cross the floor to the governing Progressive Conservatives along with Danielle Smith in 2014. She retired from politics in 2015.

In the 2015 election, Richard Gotfried picked up Calgary-Fish Creek for the Progressive Conservatives, despite a landslide defeat in the rest of the province. He subsequently joined the United Conservative Party when the two right-wing parties merged, and was re-elected in 2019.

Legislature results[edit]

1979 general election[edit]

1979 Alberta general election results[3] Turnout 60.06% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
Progressive Conservative William Payne 9,187 76.03%
  Liberal Jerry Sykes 1,225 10.14% *
Social Credit Al Green 1,190 9.85%
New Democratic Margaret Young 481 3.98%
Total 12,083
Rejected, spoiled and declined 15
Eligible electors / Turnout 20,144  %

1982 general election[edit]

1982 Alberta general election results[4] Turnout 65.49% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
Progressive Conservative William Payne 17,376 79.75% 3.72%
Western Canada Concept Byron Chenger 2,252 10.34% *
New Democratic Tom Polmear 1,501 6.89% 2.91%
Liberal Alan Sopczak 659 3.02% -7.02%
Total 21,788
Rejected, spoiled and declined 34
Eligible electors / Turnout 33,321  %
Progressive Conservative hold Swing 7.03%

1986 general election[edit]

1986 Alberta general election results[5] Turnout 41.87% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
Progressive Conservative William Payne 7,852 69.57% -10.18%
New Democratic Kerin Spaargaren 1,882 16.67% 9.78%
Liberal Lea Russell 1,553 13.76% 10.74%
Total 11,287
Rejected, spoiled and declined 26
Eligible electors / Turnout 27,018  %
Progressive Conservative hold Swing -9.98%

1989 general election[edit]

1989 Alberta general election results[6] Turnout 47.42% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
Progressive Conservative William Payne 6,996 47.97% -21.60%
Liberal Wayne Gillis 5,517 37.83% 24.07%
New Democratic Tom Polmear 2,071 14.20% 0.44%
Total 14,584
Rejected, spoiled and declined 35
Eligible electors / Turnout 30,831  %
Progressive Conservative hold Swing -22.84%

1993 general election[edit]

1993 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Heather Forsyth 7,855 54.65% 6.68%
Liberal Marie Cameron 5,346 37.20% -0.63%
New Democratic Kerin Spaargaren 558 3.88% -10.32%
Independent Roy Carey 544 3.78%
Natural Law Darlene Holt 70 0.49%
Total 14,373
Rejected, spoiled and declined 18
Eligible electors / Turnout 22,447 64.11%
Progressive Conservative hold Swing 3.66%
Source: "Calgary-Fish Creek results 1993 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved March 15, 2010.

1997 general election[edit]

1997 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Heather Forsyth 8,274 66.62% 11.97%
Liberal Marie Cameron 3,020 24.32% -12.88%
Social Credit Jeff Willerton 778 6.26%
New Democratic Muriel Turner-Wilkinson 348 2.80% -1.08%
Total 12,420
Rejected, spoiled and declined 27
Eligible electors / Turnout 22,697 54.84%
Progressive Conservative hold Swing 12.43%
Source: "Calgary-Fish Creek results 1997 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved March 15, 2010.

2001 general election[edit]

2001 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Heather Forsyth 9,716 74.54% 7.92%
Liberal Marc Doll 2,853 21.89% -2.43
New Democratic Ryan Todd 465 3.57% 0.77%
Total 13,034
Rejected, spoiled and declined 42
Eligible electors / Turnout 22,554 58.01%
Progressive Conservative hold Swing 5.18%
Source "Calgary-Fish Creek Official Results 2001 Alberta general election" (PDF). Elections Alberta. Retrieved March 27, 2010.

2004 general election[edit]

2004 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Heather Forsyth 6,829 57.83% −16.71%
Liberal Tore Badenduck 2,845 24.09% 2.20%
New Democratic Eric Leavitt 793 6.72% 3.15%
Alberta Alliance Mike Kuipers 781 6.61%
Green Chris Sealy 561 4.75%
Total 11,809
Rejected, spoiled, and declined 52
Eligible electors / Turnout 26,174 45.32%
Progressive Conservative hold Swing −9.46%
Source: "Calgary-Fish Creek Statement of Official Results 2004 Alberta general election" (PDF). Elections Alberta. Retrieved March 28, 2010.

2008 general election[edit]

2008 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Heather Forsyth 6,884 52.30% −5.53%
Liberal Laura Shutiak 4,038 30.68% 6.59%
Wildrose Alliance Jamie Buchan 1,261 9.58% 2.97%
Green Kerry Fraser 556 4.22% −0.53%
New Democratic Eric Leavitt 423 3.22% −3.50%
Total 13,162
Rejected, spoiled, and declined 41
Eligible electors / Turnout 31,180 42.35%
Progressive Conservative hold Swing −6.06%
Source: The Report on the March 3, 2008 Provincial General Election of the Twenty-seventh Legislative Assembly. Elections Alberta. July 28, 2008. pp. 202–205.

2012 general election[edit]

2012 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Wildrose Heather Forsyth 7,672 43.94 +34.36
Progressive Conservative Wendelin Fraser 7,634 43.72 −8.58
Liberal Nazir Rahemtulla 1,260 7.22 −23.46
New Democratic Eric Leavitt 894 5.12 +1.91
Wildrose gain from Progressive Conservative Swing +21.47

2015 general election[edit]

2015 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes %
Progressive Conservative Richard Gotfried 6,198 32.9
New Democratic Jill Moreton 6,069 32.2
Wildrose Blaine Maller 5,568 29.6
Alberta Party Allison Wemyss 850 4.5
Social Credit Martin Owen 148 0.8
Total valid votes 18,833
Rejected, spoiled and declined 69
Turnout 18,902 61.1
Eligible voters 30,931
Source: Elections Alberta[7]
2019 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
New Democratic Rebecca Bounsall
United Conservative Richard Gotfried
Liberal John Roggeveen
Alberta Party Robert Tremblay
Total valid votes
Rejected, spoiled and declined
Registered electors
Turnout

Senate nominee results[edit]

2004 Senate nominee election district results[edit]

2004 Senate Nominee Election results: Calgary-Fish Creek[8] Turnout 45.30%
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Votes % Ballots Rank
Progressive Conservative Bert Brown 5,485 18.13% 55.46% 1
Progressive Conservative Jim Silye 4,647 15.36% 46.98% 5
Progressive Conservative Betty Unger 4,210 13.92% 42.56% 2
  Independent Link Byfield 2,944 9.73% 29.76% 4
Progressive Conservative David Usherwood 2,924 9.67% 29.56% 6
Progressive Conservative Cliff Breitkreuz 2,864 9.47% 28.95% 3
  Independent Tom Sindlinger 1,994 6.59% 20.16% 9
Alberta Alliance Vance Gough 1,886 6.24% 19.06% 8
Alberta Alliance Michael Roth 1,728 5.71% 17.47% 7
Alberta Alliance Gary Horan 1,565 5.18% 15.82% 10
Total Votes 30,247 100%
Total Ballots 9,891 3.06 Votes Per Ballot
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 1,966
26,174 Eligible Electors

Voters had the option of selecting 4 Candidates on the Ballot

2012 Senate nominee election district results[edit]

Student Vote results[edit]

2012 election[edit]

2012 Student Vote Canada results for Alberta[9]
Affiliation Candidate Votes %
Wildrose Heather Forsyth 80 33.76%
  Liberal Nazir Rahemtulla 54 22.78%
Progressive Conservative Wendelin Fraser 53 22.36%
  NDP Eric Leavitt 50 21.10%
Total 237 100%

References[edit]

  1. ^ "E‑4.1". Statutes of the Province of Alberta. Government of Alberta. 2003. p. 10.
  2. ^ "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.
  3. ^ "Calgary-Fish Creek results 1979 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved March 15, 2010.
  4. ^ "Calgary-Fish Creek results 1982 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved March 15, 2010.
  5. ^ "Calgary-Fish Creek results 1986 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved March 15, 2010.
  6. ^ "Calgary-Fish Creek results 1989 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved March 15, 2010.
  7. ^ "2015 Provincial General Election Results". Elections Alberta. Archived from the original on 2017-07-30. Retrieved 2017-07-30.
  8. ^ "Senate Nominee Election 2004 Tabulation of Official Results" (PDF). Elections Alberta. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 4, 2009. Retrieved February 28, 2010.
  9. ^ "Student Vote Alberta 2012". Student Vote Canada.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 50°56′N 114°02′W / 50.93°N 114.04°W / 50.93; -114.04