Dunvegan (electoral district)
Dunvegan was a provincial electoral district in Northwestern Alberta that existed twice: from 1959 until 1971, and again from 1986 until 2004. It was mandated to elect a single Member to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, and it was held by the governing party for every year it existed. The riding was named for the small community of Dunvegan, once home to a fur trade post, and now the site of a provincial park and historic site.
The first riding named Dunvegan was created out of the western half of Peace River in 1959. It was bounded on the south by the Peace River and extended north to the Northwest Territories border, containing the entire northwest corner of Alberta. When it was abolished in 1971, the north section of the riding was transferred back to Peace River, and the southern two-thirds of the riding, along with the northern half of Spirit River, became Spirit River-Fairview.
In 1986 Dunvegan was re-created, replacing all of Spirit River-Fairview and a small part of Smoky River. In 1993 it absorbed another part of Smoky River (including the community of Falher) as well as a small part of Peace River (including Grimshaw). It was replaced by Dunvegan-Central Peace in 2004 with no boundary changes.
|Members of the Legislative Assembly for Dunvegan|
|See Peace River 1905-1959|
|14th||1959-1963||Joseph Scruggs||Social Credit|
|See Spirit River-Fairview 1971-1986|
|See Dunvegan-Central Peace 2004-2012|
The first MLA for Dunvegan was Joseph Scruggs, who narrowly picked the riding up for the governing Social Credit. He did not run for re-election in 1963, but Ernest Lee held the riding for the government for two more terms.
In that election, the governing Progressive Conservatives would win the riding for the first time, despite an NDP surge elsewhere in the province. MLA Glen Clegg represented the area for five terms, retiring in 2001.
PC candidate Hector Goudreau would hold the riding for the government in its final term, and went on to represent Dunvegan-Central Peace for both terms it existed, as well as Dunvegan-Central Peace-Notley until 2015.
|Alberta general election, 1959|
|Social Credit||Joseph Scruggs||1,080||38.96%|
|Progressive Conservative||Bennidict Griep||661||23.85%|
|Co-operative Commonwealth||Floyd Johnson||383||13.82%|
|Total valid votes||2,772|
|Rejected, spoiled, and declined||17|
|Electors / Turnout||3,551||78.54%|
|Social Credit pickup new district.|
|Alberta general election, 1963|
|Social Credit||Ernest Leonard Lee||1,306||52.66%||+13.70%|
|New Democratic||Roy Mitchell||325||13.10%||-0.72%|
|Total valid votes||2,480|
|Rejected, spoiled, and declined||10|
|Electors / Turnout||3,790||65.70%||-12.84%|
|Social Credit hold||Swing||+1.43%|
NDP swing is compared to the CCF result in 1959.
|Alberta general election, 1967|
|Social Credit||Ernest Leonard Lee||1,280||41.84%||-10.82%|
|New Democratic||Phil Thompson||1,080||35.31%||+22.21%|
|Total valid votes||3,059|
|Rejected, spoiled, and declined||24|
|Electors / Turnout||4,595||67.09%||+1.39%|
|Social Credit hold||Swing||-16.52%|
Liberal-PC Coalition swing is compared to the Liberal result in 1963.
|Alberta general election, 1986|
|Progressive Conservative||Glen Clegg||4,146||51.25%||+21.32%|
|New Democratic||Jim Gurnett||3,944||48.75%||+12.06%|
|Total valid votes||8,090|
|Rejected, spoiled, and declined||32|
|Electors / Turnout||11,213||72.43%||+7.47%|
|Progressive Conservative notional gain from New Democratic||Swing||+4.63%|
The 1986 swing is calculated from the 1984 by-election in Spirit River-Fairview, which had similar boundaries and which was won by Gurnett.
|Alberta general election, 1989|
|Progressive Conservative||Glen Clegg||4,049||56.22%||+4.97%|
|New Democratic||Jim Gurnett||2,603||36.14%||-12.61%|
|Total valid votes||7,202|
|Rejected, spoiled, and declined||13|
|Electors / Turnout||10,507||68.67%||-3.76%|
|Progressive Conservative hold||Swing||+8.79%|
|Alberta general election, 1993|
|Progressive Conservative||Glen Clegg||4,650||46.05%||-10.17%|
|New Democratic||Sheila Maxwell-Marks||1,100||10.89%||-25.25%|
|Total valid votes||10,097|
|Rejected, spoiled, and declined||35|
|Electors / Turnout||16,275||62.25%||-6.42%|
|Progressive Conservative hold||Swing||-22.79%|
|Alberta general election, 1997|
|Progressive Conservative||Glen Clegg||5,149||54.64%||+8.59%|
|New Democratic||Marg McCuaig-Boyd||961||10.20%||-0.69%|
|Total valid votes||9,424|
|Rejected, spoiled, and declined||14|
|Electors / Turnout||16,061||58.76%||-3.49%|
|Progressive Conservative hold||Swing||+8.24%|
|Alberta general election, 2001|
|Progressive Conservative||Hector Goudreau||5,857||67.25%||+12.61%|
|New Democratic||Yvonne Sinkevich||508||5.83%||-4.37%|
|Total valid votes||8,709|
|Rejected, spoiled, and declined||30|
|Electors / Turnout||15,907||54.94%||-3.82%|
|Progressive Conservative hold||Swing||+13.05%|
- "Alberta Heritage Foundation: Constituency Map for the year of 1959". Archived from the original on 2010-12-08. Retrieved 2016-08-30.
- "Alberta Heritage Foundation: Dunvegan Results". Archived from the original on 2010-12-08. Retrieved 2016-08-30.