|Alberta electoral district|
Calgary-Varsity within the City of Calgary, 2017 boundaries
|Provincial electoral district|
|Legislature||Legislative Assembly of Alberta|
It comprises the communities of Varsity, Dalhousie, Brentwood, Banff Trail, University Heights, Montgomery, and Charleswood (part of the Triwood community which also includes Collingwood west of 19th St NW, located in the provincial electoral district of Calgary-Klein).
The electoral district was created in the 1993 boundary redistribution out of parts of three electoral districts. They were Calgary-Foothills, Calgary-North Hill and Calgary-North West.
The 2010 boundary redistribution saw the district only slightly altered. It picked up some land from Calgary-Bow and Calgary-Mountain View when the south boundary was moved south to run completely along the Bow River and it also picked up a few blocks of houses from Calgary-North Hill when the east boundary between 17th Ave NW and 24 Ave NW was moved one block over to 18 Street NW
|23 Calgary-Varsity 2003 Boundaries|
|Calgary-Foothills and Calgary-Nose Hill||Calgary-North Hill||Calgary-Bow and Calgary-North West||Calgary-Mountain View|
|riding map goes here|
|Legal description from the Statutes of Alberta 2003, Electoral Divisions Act.|
|Starting at the intersection of Sarcee Trail NW with John Laurie Boulevard NW; then 1. southeast along John Laurie Boulevard NW to 19 Street NW; 2. south along 19 Street NW to 16 Avenue NW; 3. west along 16 Avenue NW to Shaganappi Trail NW; 4. north along Shaganappi Trail NW to 32 Avenue NW; 5. west along 32 Avenue NW and its westerly extension to the right bank of the Bow River; 6. north along the right bank of the Bow River to the southerly extension of Silver Springs Boulevard NW; 7. north along the extension and Silver Springs Boulevard NW to Silver
Springs Gate NW; 8. east and north along Silver Springs Gate NW to Sarcee Trail NW; 9. north along Sarcee Trail NW to the starting point.
|26 Calgary-Varsity 2010 Boundaries|
|Calgary-Foothills and Calgary-Mackay-Nose Hill||Calgary-Klein||Calgary-Bow and Calgary-Hawkwood||Calgary-Currie and Calgary-Mountain View|
|Legal description from the Statutes of Alberta 2010, Electoral Divisions Act.|
|Members of the Legislative Assembly for Calgary-Varsity|
|See Calgary-Foothills and Calgary-North Hill 1971-1993,|
Calgary-North West 1979-1993
|23rd||1993–1997||Murray Smith||Progressive Conservative|
|28th||2012–2014||Donna Kennedy-Glans||Progressive Conservative|
|28th||2015–present||Stephanie McLean||New Democratic|
The electoral district was created in 1993 and comprised land that had existed in three electoral districts. The region at that era had returned a mixture of Liberal and Progressive Conservative representatives.
In the first election in the district held in 1993, the district saw a closely contested race between Progressive Conservative candidate Murray Smith and Liberal candidate Carrol Jaques. Smith would win with a plurality of 47%. Premier Ralph Klein appointed Smith to his first cabinet post as Minister of Economic Development and Tourism in 1994. He would be shuffled to the Labour portfolio in 1996.
Smith and Jaques faced each other again in the 1997 election with both candidates losing popular vote. Smith however won his second term by taking a majority of the ballots cast. After the election Smith kept his Labour portfolio until 1999 when he was shuffled to be the Minister of Gaming.
The 2001 election would see Jaques and Smith face each other for the third time. The result would be a near landslide in Smith's favour. After the election Smith would once again change cabinet portfolios this time becoming Minister of Energy until he retired at dissolution of the assembly in 2004.
Liberal candidate Harry Chase was elected as the second representative of the riding in the 2004 election with nearly 45% of the vote. He won his second term in 2008 with a slightly larger plurality.
In 2012 Progressive Conservative candidate Donna Kennedy-Glans was elected with 46% of the vote. She briefly sat as an independent in protest of Alison Redford's leadership.
In 2015 New Democrat candidate Stephanie McLean was elected with 44% of the vote.
Elections in the 1990s
|Alberta general election, 1993|
|Progressive Conservative||Murray Smith||8,520||47.88|
|New Democratic||Sharon Kimmel||1,785||10.03|
|Natural Law||Santo Esposito||99||0.56|
|Total valid votes||17,795||99.74|
|Rejected, spoiled and declined||47||0.26|
|Eligible electors / Turnout||27,560||64.74|
|Progressive Conservative pickup new district.|
|Alberta general election, 1997|
|Progressive Conservative||Murray Smith||7,232||51.42||+3.54|
|Social Credit||Mike Bressers||646||4.59||New|
|New Democratic||Dirk Huysman||640||4.55||-5.48|
|Rejected, spoiled and declined||23||0.16||-0.10|
|Eligible electors / Turnout||23,792||59.21||-5.53|
|Progressive Conservative hold||Swing||+1.80|
Elections in the 2000s
|Alberta general election, 2001|
|Progressive Conservative||Murray Smith||8,173||59.42||+8.00|
|New Democratic||Susan Scott||1,309||9.52||+4.97|
|Greens||Tavis Du Preez||334||2.43||+1.49|
|Total valid votes||13,754||99.47||-0.37|
|Rejected, spoiled and declined||73||0.53||+0.37|
|Eligible electors / Turnout||23,260||59.45||+0.24|
|Progressive Conservative hold||Swing||+8.94|
|Alberta general election, 2004|
|Progressive Conservative||Michael Smyth||5,591||39.32||-20.10|
|Alberta Alliance||Ronald Beniger||765||5.38||New|
|New Democratic||Mark Gabruch||637||4.48||-5.04|
|Social Credit||Len Skowronski||118||0.83||New|
|Total valid votes||14,219||99.48||+0.01|
|Rejected, spoiled and declined||75||0.52||-0.01|
|Eligible electors / Turnout||26,318||54.31||-5.14|
|Liberal gain from Progressive Conservative||Swing||+18.06|
|Alberta general election, 2008|
|Progressive Conservative||Jennifer Diakiw||5,353||36.69||-2.63|
|Wildrose Alliance||Brennan Lytle||1,043||7.15||+1.77|
|New Democratic||Tim Stock-Bateman||530||3.63||-0.85|
|Total valid votes||14,591||99.41||-0.07|
|Rejected, spoiled and declined||87||0.59||+0.07|
|Eligible electors / Turnout||32,883||44.64||-9.67|
Elections in the 2010s
|Alberta general election, 2012|
|Progressive Conservative||Donna Kennedy-Glans||8,099||45.90||+9.22|
|New Democratic||Jackie Seidel||817||4.63||+1.00|
|Alberta Party||Alex McBrien||255||1.45|
|Total valid votes||17,643||99.30||-0.11|
|Rejected, spoiled and declined||124||0.70||+0.11|
|Eligible electors / Turnout||29,688||59.85||+15.21|
|Progressive Conservative gain from Liberal||Swing||+18.04|
|Alberta general election, 2015|
|New Democratic||Stephanie McLean||8,297||43.94||+39.31|
|Progressive Conservative||Susan Billington||5,700||30.19||-15.71|
|Total valid votes||18,881||99.33||+0.03|
|Rejected, spoiled and declined||127||0.67||-0.03|
|Eligible voters / Turnout||32,467||58.55||-1.30|
|New Democratic gain from Progressive Conservative||Swing||+27.51|
|Alberta general election, 2019|
|Alberta Party||Beth Barberree|
|Total valid votes|
|Rejected, spoiled and declined|
Senate nominee results
|2004 Senate nominee election results: Calgary-Varsity||Turnout 54.44%|
|Affiliation||Votes||% Votes||% Ballots||Rank|
|Progressive Conservative||Bert Brown||5,387||16.92%||49.83%||1|
|Progressive Conservative||Jim Silye||4,891||15.36%||45.25%||5|
|Progressive Conservative||Betty Unger||4,072||12.79%||37.67%||2|
|Progressive Conservative||David Usherwood||2,682||8.42%||24.81%||6|
|Progressive Conservative||Cliff Breitkreuz||2,536||7.96%||23.46%||3|
|Alberta Alliance||Vance Gough||2,105||6.61%||19.47%||8|
|Alberta Alliance||Michael Roth||1,895||5.95%||17.53%||7|
|Alberta Alliance||Gary Horan||1,547||4.61%||14.31%||10|
|Total Ballots||10,810||2.95 Votes Per Ballot|
|Rejected, Spoiled and Declined||3,517|
Voters had the option of selecting 4 Candidates on the Ballot
Student Vote results
|Banff Trail School|
|Ecole Varsity Acres School|
|F. E. Osborne Junior High School|
|H.D. Cartwright Junior High School|
|Jerry Potts Elementary|
|Sir William Van Horne High School|
|William Aberhart High 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|
|Progressive Conservative||Michael Smyth||373||26.78%|
|Alberta Alliance||Ronald Beniger||60||4.31%|
|Social Credit||Len Skowronski||51||3.66%|
|Rejected, Spoiled and Declined||95|
- "E‑4.1". Statutes of the Province of Alberta. Government of Alberta. 2003. p. 15.
- "Senate Nominee Election 2004 Tabulation of Official Results" (PDF). Elections Alberta. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 4, 2009. Retrieved March 1, 2010.
- "School by School results". Student Vote Canada. Archived from the original on October 5, 2007. Retrieved 2008-04-18.
- "Riding by Riding Results - the Candidates". Student Vote Canada. Archived from the original on October 6, 2007. Retrieved 2008-04-19.