Foothills-Rocky View

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Foothills-Rocky View
Alberta electoral district
2004 boundaries
Defunct provincial electoral district
Legislature Legislative Assembly of Alberta
District created 2004
District abolished 2012
First contested 2004
Last contested 2008

Foothills-Rocky View was a provincial electoral district in Alberta, Canada.

The district was located on the western rural edge of Calgary in southern Alberta. It was created in the 2004 boundary redistribution from the eastern portion of the electoral district of Banff-Cochrane and the western portion of the old electoral district of Airdrie-Rocky View which comprises the northern portion of the riding. The district is named after the Foothills of Southern Alberta and Rocky View County. The riding included part of the town of Cochrane, Bragg Creek and the Springbank area.

The district and its antecedents have been favorable to electing Progressive Conservative candidates in recent decades.

Foothills-Rocky View history[edit]

Boundary history[edit]

Members of the Legislative Assembly for Foothills-Rocky View[2]
Assembly Years Member Party
See Banff-Cochrane 1979-2001 and Airdrie-Rocky View 1993-2001
26th 2004–2008 Ted Morton Progressive Conservative
27th 2008–2012

Electoral history[edit]

The electoral district was created in the 2004 boundary redistribution. In the election held that year Progressive Conservative candidate Ted Morton who chose not to run for another term of Senator-in-Waiting in the 2004 Senate nominee election decided to run for seat to the legislature instead.

Morton defeated four other candidates with 60% of the vote to pick up the new district for the Progressive Conservatives. After the election Morton began his race to succeed Ralph Klein in the 2006 Progressive Conservative leadership race. Morton lost but was appointed to cabinet by new Premier Ed Stelmach in 2006.

Morton ran for a second term in the 2008 general election. He slightly increased his popular vote and returned to power with a big majority. In 2010 he was shuffled to the Minister of Finance portfolio.

Election results[edit]

2004 general election[edit]

2004 Alberta general election results[3] Turnout 50.59% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Progressive Conservative Ted Morton 6,782 60.31% *
     Liberal Herb Coburn 1,956 17.39% *
Green Shelley Willson 1,188 10.56% *
Alberta Alliance Jason Herasemluk 1,088 9.68% *
     NDP Roland Schmidt 232 2.06% *
Total 11,246 100%
Rejected Ballots 96
22,420 Eligible Electors
     Progressive Conservative pickup new district Swing N/A

2004 Senate nominee election district results[edit]

2004 Senate nominee election results: Foothills-Rocky View[4] Turnout 50.42%
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Votes % Ballots Rank
     Progressive Conservative Bert Brown 5,787 19.76% 61.15% 1
     Progressive Conservative Jim Silye 4,283 14.62% 45.26% 5
     Progressive Conservative Betty Unger 3,987 13.61% 42.13% 2
     Progressive Conservative David Usherwood 2,942 10.04% 31.09% 6
     Progressive Conservative Cliff Breitkreuz 2,882 9.84% 30.45% 3
     Independent Link Byfield 2,819 9.62% 29.79% 4
Alberta Alliance Vance Gough 1,896 6.47% 20.03% 8
Alberta Alliance Michael Roth 1,608 5.49% 16.99% 7
     Independent Tom Sindlinger 1,597 5.45% 16.88% 9
Alberta Alliance Gary Horan 1,490 5.10% 15.74% 10
Total Votes 29,291 100%
Total Ballots 9,464 3.10 Votes Per Ballot
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 1,839

Voters had the option of selecting 4 Candidates on the Ballot

2008 general election[edit]

Alberta general election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative Ted Morton 6,916 57.41% −2.90%
Liberal Herb Coburn 2,200 18.26% 0.87%
Wildrose Alliance Joseph McMaster 1,797 14.92% 5.92%
Green Larry Ashmore 937 7.78% −2.78%
New Democratic Ricardo de Menzies 196 1.63% −0.43%
Total 12,046
Rejected Ballots 84
Eligible electors / Turnout 26,701 45.43%
Source: The Report on the March 3, 2008 Provincial General Election of the Twenty-seventh Legislative Assembly. Elections Alberta. pp. 408–413. 

2004 Student Vote[edit]

Participating Schools[5]
Millarville Community School
Springbank Community High School
Springbank Middle School
Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School
W G Murdoch 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[6]
Affiliation Candidate Votes %
     Progressive Conservative Ted Morton 571 42.42%
Green Shelley Willson 377 28.01%
     Liberal Herb Coburn 219 16.27%
Alberta Alliance Jason Herasemluk 97 7.21%
     NDP Roland Schmidt 82 6.09%
Total 1,346 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 57


  1. ^ "E‑4.1". Statutes of the Province of Alberta. Government of Alberta. 2003. pp. 39–40. 
  2. ^ "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. 
  3. ^ "Foothills-Rocky View Statement of Official Results 2004 Alberta general election" (PDF). Elections Alberta. Retrieved April 10, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Senate Nominee Election 2004 Tabulation of Official Results" (PDF). Elections Alberta. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 4, 2009. Retrieved March 1, 2010. 
  5. ^ "School by School results". Student Vote Canada. Archived from the original on February 13, 2012. Retrieved 2008-04-27. 
  6. ^ "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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