The electoral district was created in the 1996 boundary redistribution out of parts of Edmonton-Glenora and Edmonton-Strathcona.
The 2010 boundary redistribution saw the riding change on its western boundary with the boundary between Whitemud Drive and 87 Avenue moving west to run along 170 Street, in land that was part of Edmonton-Meadowlark. The northeast corner of the riding was also revised to have the boundary move along the right bank instead of the left bank of the North Saskatchewan River.
Legal description from the Statutes of Alberta 2003, Electoral Divisions Act.
Starting at the intersection of 156 Street with Stony Plain Road; then 1. east along Stony Plain Road to MacKinnon Ravine at 148 Street; 2. southeast along MacKinnon Ravine to the left bank of the North Saskatchewan River; 3. east along the left bank of the North Saskatchewan River to Groat Road Bridge; 4. southwest across Groat Road Bridge to the right bank of the North Saskatchewan River; 5. generally east along the right bank of the North Saskatchewan River to the northerly extension of 111 Street; 6. south along the extension and 111 Street to 87 Avenue; 7. west along 87 Avenue to 112 Street; 8. south along 112 Street to University Avenue; 9. southeast along University Avenue to 109 Street; 10. south along 109 Street to 61 Avenue; 11. west along 61 Avenue to the centre line of 111 Street; 12. south along the centre line of 111 Street to Whitemud Drive; 13. west along Whitemud Drive to Whitemud Creek; 14. north along Whitemud Creek to Fox Drive; 15. west along Fox Drive to Whitemud Drive; 16. north and west along Whitemud Drive to 159 Street; 17. north along 159 Street to 87 Avenue; 18. west along 87 Avenue to 163 Street; 19. north along 163 Street to 95 Avenue; 20. east along 95 Avenue to 156 Street; 21. north along 156 Street to the starting point.
The first election held in 1997 saw Liberal candidate Linda Sloan elected as the first representative. Sloan defeated Progressive Conservative candidate Gwen Harris by over 900 votes. Sloan declined to seek a second term.
Taft would later become leader of the Alberta Liberals he stood for a second term in office in the 2004 election. Taft easily defeated Progressive Conservative candidate and future MLA Fred Horne taking almost 65% of the vote.
He was re-elected again in 2008 and resigned his leadership position after the Progressive Conservatives made big gains at the Liberals expense throughout the province.
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.