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Alberta electoral district
DrumhellerStettler in Alberta.jpg
2010 boundaries
Provincial electoral district
Legislature Legislative Assembly of Alberta
Rick Strankman
District created 2003
First contested 2004
Last contested 2015

Drumheller-Stettler is a provincial electoral district (riding) in Alberta, Canada. The electoral district is mandated to return a single member to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta using the first past the post method of voting. The district was created in the 2003 boundary redistribution and came into force in 2004 from the old districts of Drumheller-Chinook and Lacombe-Stettler.

The district is named after the towns of Drumheller and Stettler and covers a large rural portion of central east Alberta. It also contains the towns of Cereal, Consort, Hanna, Oyen and Youngstown and Dinosaur Provincial Park.

The district and its antecedents have been strongholds for Progressive Conservative candidates in recent decades. The current representative in the district is Wildrose Party member Rick Strankman, who was first elected in a provincial election on April 23, 2012. Mr. Strankman won his seat from Progressive Conservative Jack Hayden, who was first elected in a by-election on June 12, 2007. Before Hayden, Deputy Premier Shirley McClellan represented the riding as its first elected member in 2004.


The electoral district was created in the 2003 boundary redistribution after parts of Drumheller-Chinook and Lacombe-Stettler were merged. The 2010 redistribution saw Paintearth County transferred to this division from Battle River-Wainwright.[1]

Boundary history[edit]

Members of the Legislative Assembly for Drumheller-Stettler[3]
Assembly Years Member Party
See Drumheller-Chinook 1997-2004 and Lacombe-Stettler 1993-2004
26th 2004–2007 Shirley McClellan Progressive Conservative
2007   Vacant
2007–2008 Jack Hayden Progressive Conservative
27th 2008–2012
28th 2012–2015 Rick Strankman Wildrose
29th 2015–present

Electoral history[edit]

The riding was created when the writ was dropped for the 2004 Alberta general election as a merger between Drumheller-Chinook and the eastern half of the Lacombe-Stettler riding.

The 2004 provincial election saw Deputy Premier Shirley McClellan, formerly from Drumheller-Chinook win re-election here. She defeated five other candidates to pick up the new district.

McClellan resigned her seat in the legislature on January 15, 2007, the same day that former premier Ralph Klein resigned his seat in Calgary-Elbow. By-elections for both electoral districts were called held on June 12, 2007.

The by-election saw a significant shift in support for the opposition parties with the re-emergence of the Liberal party who didn't run a candidate in 2004 to take second place. The Alberta Alliance and NDP fared the worst, both retaining the same candidates from the general election dropping from second and third to fifth and last respectively. The Progressive Conservative candidate Jack Hayden won the district by holding his party's vote from the last election with a slightly reduced percentage. Social Credit made surprising gains jumping from last to third place, and Independent candidate John Rew also made a strong showing.

Hayden won his second term in the 2008 general election winning a landslide. He was appointed to the cabinet by Premier Ed Stelmach after the election.

Election results[edit]

2004 general election[edit]

2004 Alberta general election results[4] Turnout 50.85% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
Progressive Conservative Shirley McClellan 6,772 65.02%
Alberta Alliance Dave France 1,414 13.58%
New Democratic Richard Bough 869 8.34%
Alberta Party Eileen Walker 616 5.92%
Separation David Carnegie 465 4.47%
  Social Credit Mary-Lou Kloppenburg 279 2.67% *
Total 10,415
Rejected, spoiled, and declined 86
Eligible electors / Turnout 20,653  %

2007 by-election[edit]

Alberta provincial by-election, June 12, 2007
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative Jack Hayden 4,180 57.65% −7.37%
Liberal Tom Dooley 993 13.69%
Social Credit Larry Davidson 852 11.75% 9.08%
Independent John Rew 519 7.16%
Alberta Alliance Dave France 355 4.90% −8.68%
Green Jennifer Wigmore 249 3.43%
New Democratic Richard Bough 103 1.42% −6.92%
Total 7,251
Rejected, spoiled, and declined 21
Eligible electors / Turnout 22,509 32.31%
Progressive Conservative hold Swing −10.53%
Source: "Report on the June 12, 2007 by-elections Calgary-Elbow and Drumheller-Stettler" (PDF). Elections Alberta. pp. 4–10. Retrieved March 8, 2010. 

2008 general election[edit]

Alberta general election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative Jack Hayden 6,986 68.90% 11.25%
Liberal Tom Dooley 1,463 14.43% 0.73%
Wildrose Alliance Dave France 1,062 10.47% 5.57%
Green Amanda Bolton 353 3.48% 0.05%
New Democratic Richard Bough 276 2.72% 1.30%
Total 10,140
Rejected, spoiled, and declined 35
Eligible electors / Turnout 23,268 43.73%
Progressive Conservative hold Swing 5.99%
Source: The Report on the March 3, 2008 Provincial General Election of the Twenty-seventh Legislative Assembly. Elections Alberta. pp. 402–407. 

2012 general election[edit]

Alberta general election, 2012
Party Candidate Votes %
Wildrose Rick Strankman 7,371 49.35
Progressive Conservative Jack Hayden 6,518 43.64
New Democratic Aditya "Adi" Rao 409 2.74
Liberal Cam Roset 360 2.41
Alberta Party Andrew Berdahl 279 1.87

2015 general election[edit]

Alberta general election, 2015
Party Candidate Votes %
Wildrose Rick Strankman 7,563 47.6
Progressive Conservative Jack Hayden 5,399 34.0
New Democratic Emily Shannon 2,928 18.4

Senate nominee results[edit]

2004 Senate nominee election district results[edit]

2004 Senate nominee election results: Drumheller-Stettler[5] Turnout 50.52%
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Votes % Ballots Rank
Progressive Conservative Bert Brown 4,705 17.12% 53.89% 1
Progressive Conservative Betty Unger 3,888 14.15% 44.53% 2
Progressive Conservative Cliff Breitkreuz 2,873 10.46% 32.91% 3
Progressive Conservative Jim Silye 2,840 10.34% 32.53% 5
  Independent Link Byfield 2,826 10.28% 32.37% 4
Progressive Conservative David Usherwood 2,798 10.18% 32.05% 6
Alberta Alliance Vance Gough 2,208 8.04% 25.29% 8
Alberta Alliance Michael Roth 2,153 7.84% 24.66% 7
Alberta Alliance Gary Horan 1,923 6.99% 22.03% 10
  Independent Tom Sindlinger 1,265 4.60% 14.49% 9
Total Votes 27,479 100%
Total Ballots 8,731 3.15 Votes Per Ballot
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 1,703

Voters had the option of selecting 4 Candidates on the Ballot

Student Vote results[edit]

2004 election[edit]

Participating Schools[6]
Byemoor School
C. J. Peacock School
Delia School
Jenner Colony School
New Brigden School
South Central High School
Stettler Middle School
Veteran School
William E. Hay Composite School
Youngstown 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[7]
Affiliation Candidate Votes %
Progressive Conservative Shirley McClellan 519 55.63%
  NDP Richard Bough 110 11.79%
Alberta Alliance Dave France 91 9.75%
Separation David Carnegie 86 9.22%
Alberta Party Eileen Walker 83 8.90%
  Social Credit Mary-Lou Kloppenburg 44 4.71%
Total 933 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 36

2012 election[edit]

2012 Alberta Student Vote results
Affiliation Candidate Votes %
Progressive Conservative Jack Hayden %
Wildrose Rick Strankman
  Liberal Cam Roset %
Alberta Party Andrew Berdahl
  NDP Aditya "Adi" Rao %
Total ' 100%


  1. ^ "Proposed Electoral Division Areas, Boundaries, and Names for Alberta" (PDF). Alberta Electoral Boundaries Commission. June 2010. p. 20. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 27, 2011. Retrieved January 14, 2012. 
  2. ^ "E‑4.1". Statutes of the Province of Alberta. Government of Alberta. 2003. pp. 37–39. 
  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. ^ "Drumheller-Stettler Statement of Official Results 2004 Alberta general election" (PDF). Elections Alberta. Retrieved March 25, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Senate Nominee Election 2004 Tabulation of Official Results" (PDF). Elections Alberta. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 4, 2009. Retrieved February 28, 2010. 
  6. ^ "School by School results". Student Vote Canada. Archived from the original on February 13, 2012. Retrieved 2008-04-27. 
  7. ^ "Riding by Riding Results - the Candidates". Student Vote Canada. Archived from the original on October 6, 2007. Retrieved 2008-04-19. 

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