Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo

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Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo
Alberta electoral district
FortMcMurrayWoodBuffalo in Alberta.jpg
2004 boundaries
Provincial electoral district
Legislature Legislative Assembly of Alberta
Tany Yao
United Conservative
District created 2003
First contested 2004
Last contested 2015

Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo is a provincial electoral district in Alberta, Canada. The district is one of current districts 87 mandated to return a single member to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta using the first past the post method of voting.

The district was created in the 2004 boundary redistribution and is the largest current district in terms of both land mass and population, this district includes most of the North East Alberta and borders Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories The main communities are Fort McMurray, and Fort Chipewyan in the north, along the north shore of Lake Athabasca. The district also includes the gigantic Wood Buffalo National Park. This district is home to the oil sands that play a major contribution towards the Alberta economy and contribute 2% of Canada's GDP.[1]

The district had in recent years been favourable to the election of Progressive Conservative candidates, a trend broken by the 2015 election of Wildrose MLA Tany Yao.


The electoral district was created in the 2003 boundary re-distribution by merging the electoral district of Fort McMurray with a portion of Athabasca-Wabasca residing in the Municipal district of Wood Buffalo.[2]

The decade that went by since the district was created saw significant population growth due to exploration and development of the oil sands. The 2010 Alberta boundaries commission decided to split the district in two along north south lines creating Fort McMurray-Conklin in the eastern half.[3]

Boundary history[edit]

Representation history[edit]

Members of the Legislative Assembly for Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo
Assembly Years Member Party
See Athabasca-Wabasca 1993–2004, Fort McMurray, 1986–2004
and Lesser Slave Lake 1971–2004
26th 2004 - 2008 Guy Boutilier Progressive Conservative
27th 2008 - 2009
2009 - 2010 Independent
2010 Independent Wildrose Alliance
2010 - 2011 Wildrose Alliance
2011 - 2012 Wildrose
28th 2012 - 2013 Mike Allen Progressive Conservative
2013 - 2014 Independent
2014 - 2015 Progressive Conservative
29th 2015 - 2017 Tany Yao Wildrose
2017–present United Conservative

The electoral district was created in the 2003 boundary redistribution. The first election held that year saw Fort McMurray incumbent Progressive Conservative MLA Guy Boutilier win the new seat with a landslide over four other candidates to pick it up for his party.

Boutilier was appointed as Minister of Environment by Premier Ralph Klein in 2004. In 2006 he was shuffled to Minister of International Relations. He ran for a second term as a cabinet minister in the 2008 general election. That election saw him win another big majority.

On July 18, 2009 Boutilier was ejected from caucus by Premier Ed Stelmach after speaking out against the government over a broken promise to put a seniors care facility in Fort McMurray. He sat as an Independent until joining the Wildrose Alliance caucus as an Independent member on June 24, 2010. On October 25, 2010 he became a full member of the caucus.

Legislature results[edit]

2004 general election[edit]

2004 Alberta general election results[6] Turnout 26.56% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
Progressive Conservative Guy Boutilier 4,433 63.19%
  Liberal Russell Collicott 1,802 25.69% *
New Democratic Dave Malka 462 6.59%
Alberta Alliance Eugene Eklund 224 3.19%
Independent Reginald Nomore 94 1.34%
Total 7,015
Rejected, spoiled and declined 54
Eligible electors / Turnout 26,618  %

2008 general election[edit]

2008 Alberta general election results[7] Turnout 19.84% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
Progressive Conservative Guy Boutilier 4,519 63.41% 0.22%
Liberal Ross Jacobs 1,758 24.67% -1.02%
New Democratic Mel Kraley 550 7.72% 1.13%
Green Reginald Nomore 300 4.21% * 2.87%
Total 7,127
Rejected, spoiled and declined 27
Eligible electors / Turnout 36,054  %
Progressive Conservative hold Swing 0.62%

2012 general election[edit]

Alberta general election, 2012
Party Candidate Votes %
Progressive Conservative Mike Allen 3,611 49.06%
Wildrose Guy Boutilier 3,165 43.00%
New Democratic Denise Woollard 363 4.93%
Liberal Amy McBain 221 3.00%

2015 general election[edit]

Alberta general election, 2015
Party Candidate Votes %
Wildrose Tany Yao 3,846 40.1%
New Democratic Stephen Drover 2,910 30.4%
Progressive Conservative Mike Allen 2,490 26.0%
Liberal Robin Le Fevre 336 3.5%

Senate nominee results[edit]

2004 Senate nominee election district results[edit]

2004 Senate nominee election results: Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo[8] Turnout 26.45%
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Votes % Ballots Rank
Progressive Conservative Betty Unger 2,560 15.87% 50.23% 2
Progressive Conservative Bert Brown 2,218 13.75% 43.52% 1
Progressive Conservative Cliff Breitkreuz 1,882 11.67% 36.92% 3
Progressive Conservative David Usherwood 1,683 10.43% 33.02% 6
  Independent Link Byfield 1,509 9.36% 29.61% 4
Progressive Conservative Jim Silye 1,355 8.40% 26.58% 5
Alberta Alliance Michael Roth 1,338 8.30% 26.25% 7
  Independent Tom Sindlinger 1,233 7.64% 24.19% 9
Alberta Alliance Gary Horan 1,177 7.30% 23.09% 10
Alberta Alliance Vance Gough 1,176 7.28% 23.07% 8
Total Votes 16,131 100%
Total Ballots 5,097 3.17 Votes Per Ballot
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 1,839

Voters had the option of selecting 4 Candidates on the Ballot

2012 Senate nominee election district results[edit]

Student Vote results[edit]

2004 election[edit]

Participating Schools[9]
Beacon Hill School
Dr. K.A. Clark School
Father Mercredi Catholic High School
Fort McMurray Christian School
Fort McMurray Composite High School
Timberlea Public 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[10]
Affiliation Candidate Votes %
Progressive Conservative Guy Boutilier 400 38.13%
  NDP Dave Malka 224 21.35%
  Independent Reginald Normore 199 18.97%
  Liberal Russell Collicott 163 15.54%
Alberta Alliance Eugene Eklund 63 6.01%
Total 1,049 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 40

2012 election[edit]

2012 Alberta Student Vote results
Affiliation Candidate Votes %
Progressive Conservative Mike Allen %
Wildrose Guy Boutilier
  Liberal Amy McBain %
  NDP Denise Woollard %
Total ' 100%


  1. ^ "New Poll Canadians Overestimate Oilsands Contribution Economy, Yet Still Want Clean Shift". Desmog Canada. July 4, 2014. Retrieved May 8, 2016. 
  2. ^ "The 2002/2003 Alberta Electoral Boundaries Commission Interim Report to the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta". Alberta Electoral Boundaries Commission. September 2002. Retrieved January 14, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Proposed Electoral Division Areas, Boundaries, and Names for Alberta" (PDF). Alberta Electoral Boundaries Commission. June 2010. p. 20. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 27, 2011. Retrieved January 14, 2012. 
  4. ^ "E‑4.1". Statutes of the Province of Alberta. Government of Alberta. 2003. pp. 40–41. 
  5. ^ "Bill 28 Electoral Divisions Act" (PDF). Legislative Assembly of Alberta. 2010. 
  6. ^ "Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo Statement of Official Results 2004 Alberta general election" (PDF). Elections Alberta. Retrieved April 10, 2010. 
  7. ^ The Report on the March 3, 2008 Provincial General Election of the Twenty-seventh Legislative Assembly. Elections Alberta. pp. 414–417. 
  8. ^ "Senate Nominee Election 2004 Tabulation of Official Results" (PDF). Elections Alberta. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 4, 2009. Retrieved February 28, 2010. 
  9. ^ "School by School results". Student Vote Canada. Archived from the original on October 5, 2007. Retrieved 2008-04-27. 
  10. ^ "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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