Dunvegan (electoral district)

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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.

History[edit]

Boundary history[edit]

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.[1] 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.

Representation history[edit]

Members of the Legislative Assembly for Dunvegan
Assembly Years Member Party
See Peace River 1905 - 1959
14th 1959 - 1963 Joseph Scruggs Social Credit
15th 1963 - 1967 Ernest Lee
16th 1967 - 1971
See Spirit River-Fairview 1971 - 1986
22nd 1986 - 1989 Glen Clegg Progressive Conservative
23rd 1989 - 1993
24th 1993 - 1997
25th 1997 - 2001
26th 2001 - 2004 Hector Goudreau
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.

The riding was then replaced by Spirit River-Fairview, which was picked up by New Democrat leader Grant Notley, who held that riding almost until it was replaced by Dunvegan in 1986.

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.

Election results[edit]

1950s[edit]

Alberta general election, 1959
Party Candidate Votes %
Social Credit Joseph Scruggs 1,080 38.96%
Progressive Conservative Bennidict Griep 661 23.85%
Liberal Steven Tachit 648 23.38%
Co-operative Commonwealth Floyd Johnson 383 13.82%
Total valid votes[2] 2,772
Rejected, spoiled, and declined 17
Electors / Turnout 3,551 78.54%
Social Credit pickup new district.

1960s[edit]

Alberta general election, 1963
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Social Credit Ernest Leonard Lee 1,306 52.66% +13.70%
Liberal Milt Connery 849 34.23% +10.85%
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
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Social Credit Ernest Leonard Lee 1,280 41.84% -10.82%
New Democratic Phil Thompson 1,080 35.31% +22.21%
Coalition John Hammond 699 22.85% -11.38%
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.

1980s[edit]

Alberta general election, 1986
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
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
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative Glen Clegg 4,049 56.22% +4.97%
New Democratic Jim Gurnett 2,603 36.14% -12.61%
Liberal Gerald Eherer 550 7.64%
Total valid votes 7,202
Rejected, spoiled, and declined 13
Electors / Turnout 10,507 68.67% -3.76%
Progressive Conservative hold Swing +8.79%

1990s[edit]

Alberta general election, 1986
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative Glen Clegg 4,650 46.05% -10.17%
Liberal Hartmann Nagel 4,347 43.05% +35.41%
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, 1986
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative Glen Clegg 5,149 54.64% +8.59%
Liberal Fred Trotter 3,314 35.17% -7.88%
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%

2000s[edit]

Alberta general election, 1986
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative Hector Goudreau 5,857 67.25% +12.61%
Liberal Bruce Rutley 1,888 21.68% -13.49%
New Democratic Yvonne Sinkevich 508 5.83% -4.37%
Independent Ron Miller 248 2.85%
Independent Fred Euler 208 2.39%
Total valid votes 8,709
Rejected, spoiled, and declined 30
Electors / Turnout 15,907 54.94% -3.82%
Progressive Conservative hold Swing +13.05%

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