This inner-city northeast Edmonton riding has the second lowest average income in Alberta, as well as being one of the most ethnically diverse. This riding and its predecessor ridings have voted NDP in six of the last seven elections.
The 2010 boundary redistribution saw significant boundary changes as all land west of 50 street was ceded to Edmonton-Beverly-Clareview. A portion of the west boundary that moved along 97 Street between 105 and 111 Avenue was pushed west to 104 Street that was formerly part of Edmonton-Centre and minor alterations were made with the north border of Edmonton-Decore.
Legal description from the Statutes of Alberta 2003, Electoral Divisions Act.
Starting at the intersection of 97 Street with the Canadian National Railway (CNR) line; then 1. east along the CNR line to 66 Street; 2. south along 66 Street to Yellowhead Trail; 3. east along Yellowhead Trail to 50 Street; 4. south along 50 Street to 118 Avenue; 5. east along 118 Avenue to Victoria Trail; 6. northeast along Victoria Trail to the eastbound lanes of Yellowhead Trail; 7. east along the eastbound lanes of Yellowhead Trail to the right bank of the North Saskatchewan River; 8. generally southwest and west along the right bank of the North Saskatchewan River to the southerly extension of 82 Street; 9. north along the extension of 82 Street to Jasper Avenue; 10. southwest along Jasper Avenue to 84 Street; 11. north along 84 Street to the Light Rail Transit (LRT) line; 12. northeast along the LRT line to 112 Avenue; 13. west along 112 Avenue and Norwood Boulevard to 97 Street; 14. north along 97 Street to the starting point.
The electoral district was created in the 2004 boundary redistribution by combining the old Edmonton-Highlands and Edmonton-Norwood electoral districts. The first election in the district was won by NDP leader Brian Mason who won a landslide with over 60% of the popular vote.
Mason was re-elected in the 2008 general election against former MLA Andrew Beniuk. He won a slightly reduced majority but still won over half the popular vote.
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.