Lesser Slave Lake (electoral district)

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Lesser Slave Lake
Alberta electoral district
Lesser Slave Lake 2017.svg
Lesser Slave Lake within Alberta, 2017 boundaries
Provincial electoral district
LegislatureLegislative Assembly of Alberta
MLA
 
 
 
Pat Rehn
United Conservative
District created1971
First contested1971
Last contested2015

Lesser Slave Lake is a provincial electoral district for the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, Canada. It has existed since 1971 and is mandated to return a single member using the first past the post method of voting.

The riding is named after the lake of the same name, which is located entirely within its borders.

Geography[edit]

Lesser Slave Lake is a predominantly rural riding located in Northern Alberta.

There are no cities in the riding. It includes only two incorporated urban municipalities: the towns of High Prairie and Slave Lake. The riding also includes the entirety of one rural municipality (the Municipal District of Opportunity No. 17) and parts of three others (Big Lakes County, the Municipal District of Lesser Slave River No. 124, and Northern Sunrise County).

Eleven First Nation bands are based in Lesser Slave Lake: Bigstone Cree Nation, Driftpile First Nation, Kapawe'no First Nation, Loon River Cree Nation, Lubicon Lake Indian Nation, Peerless Trout First Nation, Sawridge First Nation, Sucker Creek Cree First Nation, Swan River First Nation, Whitefish Lake First Nation, and Woodland Cree First Nation. Most of the region's Indigenous population is of Cree origin.

The riding borders five other electoral districts: Peace River to the northwest, Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo to the northeast, Fort McMurray-Lac La Biche to the east, Athabasca-Barrhead-Westlock to the south, and Central Peace-Notley to the west.

History[edit]

The electoral district was created in the 1971 boundary redistribution from the electoral districts of Grouard and Peace River. The district remained largely unchanged until the 1993 boundary redistribution when the electoral district was extended north to the Northwest Territories, Alberta border.

The 2003 boundary redistribution saw the district revert to similar boundaries that existed prior to 1993. The 2010 boundary redistribution saw the district re-aligned with current municipal boundaries with a portion of land on the south end moved into Barrhead-Morinville-Westlock.[1]

Lesser Slave Lake is one of two districts in the province that are exempted from meeting the criteria regarding average population due to low population and distance between settlements.[1]

Boundary history[edit]

Representation history[edit]

Members of the Legislative Assembly for Lesser Slave Lake
Assembly Years Member Party
See Grouard 1913-1971 and Peace River 1905-1971
17th 1971-1975 Dennis Barton Social Credit
18th 1975-1979 Larry Shaben Progressive
Conservative
19th 1979-1982
20th 1982-1986
21st 1986-1989
22nd 1989-1993 Pearl Calahasen
23rd 1993-1997
24th 1997-2001
25th 2001-2004
26th 2004-2008
27th 2008–2012
28th 2012–2015
29th 2015–2019 Danielle Larivee New Democrat
30th 2019–present Pat Rehn United Conservative

The electoral district was created in 1971. Prior to the districts creation the area had elected Social Credit MLA's. The first election saw a tight race between Social Credit candidate Dennis Barton and Progressive Conservative candidate Garth Roberts. Barton eked out a win with just 41% of the popular vote.

Barton would be defeated in the 1975 election by Progressive Conservative candidate Larry Shaben who rolled up a landslide majority. Shaben would serve four terms in office and hold three different cabinet portfolios under the governments of Peter Lougheed and Don Getty before retiring from office in 1989.

The third representative of the riding was Progressive Conservative candidate Pearl Calahasen who was elected to her first term in 1989 in a tight three-way race winning less than half the popular vote. She would also serve some ministerial portfolios from 1996 to 2006 in the government of Ralph Klein. She represented the district for seven terms, becoming the longest-serving female MLA in Alberta history,[4] as well as the longest-serving Indigenous MLA.

In the 2015 election, Calahasen placed third of three candidates and was defeated by the NDP's Danielle Larivee, who served in several ministerial portfolios during the 29th Assembly.

Legislature results[edit]

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

1971 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes %
Social Credit Dennis Barton 1,830 41.49%
Progressive Conservative Garth Roberts 1,434 32.51%
New Democratic Marie Carlson 670 15.19%
Liberal Stan Daniels 246 5.58%
Independent Allan Crawford 231 5.23%
Total 4,411 100.00%
Rejected, spoiled and declined 55
Eligible electors / Turnout 7,174 62.25%
Social Credit pickup new district.
Source(s)
"Lesser Slave Lake Official Results 1971 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved March 1, 2010.
1975 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Larry Shaben 2,387 58.23% +25.72%
Social Credit Dennis Barton 921 22.47% -19.02%
New Democratic John Tomkins 791 19.30% +4.11%
Total 4,099 100.00%
Rejected, spoiled and declined 23
Eligible electors / Turnout 7,904 52.15% -10.10%
Progressive Conservative gain from Social Credit Swing +22.37%
Source(s)
"Lesser Slave Lake Official Results 1975 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved March 1, 2010.
1979 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Larry Shaben 2,313 46.02% -12.21%
Social Credit Peter Moore 1,743 34.68% +12.21%
New Democratic Mike Poulter 799 15.90% -3.40%
Liberal Dan Backs 171 3.40%
Total 5,026 100.00%
Rejected, spoiled and declined 22
Eligible electors / Turnout 8,252 61.17% +9.02%
Progressive Conservative hold Swing -12.21%
Source(s)
"Lesser Slave Lake Official Results 1979 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved March 1, 2010.

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

1982 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Larry Shaben 3,150 57.77% +11.75%
New Democratic Gary Kennedy 914 16.76% +0.86%
Western Canada Concept Garth Lodge 607 11.13%
Liberal Joseph Blyan 466 8.55% +5.15%
Independent George Keay 316 5.79%
Total 5,453 100.00%
Rejected, spoiled and declined 27
Eligible electors / Turnout 9,667 56.69% -4.48%
Progressive Conservative hold Swing +6.31%
Source(s)
"Lesser Slave Lake Official Results 1982 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved March 1, 2010.
1986 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Larry Shaben 2,529 57.20% -0.57%
New Democratic Bert Dube 1,892 42.80% +26.04%
Total 4,421 100.00%
Rejected, spoiled and declined 24
Eligible electors / Turnout 11,326 39.25% -17.44%
Progressive Conservative hold Swing -13.59%
Source(s)
"Lesser Slave Lake Official Results 1986 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved March 1, 2010.
1989 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Pearl Calahasen 3,249 47.58% -9.62%
Liberal Denise Wahlstrom 2,286 33.47%
New Democratic Philip Lukken 1,294 18.95% -23.85%
Total 6,829 100.00%
Rejected, spoiled and declined 9
Eligible electors / Turnout 12,074 56.63% +17.38%
Progressive Conservative hold Swing -16.74%
Source(s)
"Lesser Slave Lake Official Results 1989 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved March 1, 2010.

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

1993 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Pearl Calahasen 4,260 55.48% +7.90%
Liberal Denise Wahlstrom 3,093 40.28% +6.81%
New Democratic Larry Sakaluk 326 4.24% -14.71%
Total 7,679 100.00%
Rejected, spoiled and declined 24
Eligible electors / Turnout 12,743 60.48% +3.85%
Progressive Conservative hold Swing +7.36%
Source(s)
"Lesser Slave Lake Official Results 1993 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved March 1, 2010.
1997 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Pearl Calahasen 3,389 60.58% +5.10%
Liberal Ralph Chalifoux 1,139 20.36% -19.92%
Social Credit Robert Alford 624 11.16%
New Democratic Glenn Laboucan 442 7.90% +3.66%
Total 5,594 100.00%
Rejected, spoiled and declined 23
Eligible electors / Turnout 13,368 42.09% -18.39%
Progressive Conservative hold Swing +12.51%
Source(s)
"1997 general election". Elections Alberta. Retrieved January 15, 2012.

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

2001 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Pearl Calahasen 4,766 74.16% +13.58%
Liberal Rick Noel 1,429 22.23% +1.87%
New Democratic Doris Bannister 232 3.61% -4.29%
Total 6,427 100.00%
Rejected, spoiled and declined 47
Eligible electors / Turnout 14,185 45.64% +3.55%
Progressive Conservative hold Swing +7.73%
Source(s)
"Lesser Slave Lake Official Results 2001 Alberta general election" (PDF). Elections Alberta. Retrieved March 27, 2010.
2004 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Pearl Calahasen 3,903 64.94% -9.22%
Alberta Alliance Valerie Rahn 969 16.12%
Liberal Jonathan Plackaitis 530 8.82% -13.41%
New Democratic Doris Bannister 354 5.89% 2.28%
Greens Ian Hopfe 254 4.23%
Total 6,010 100.00%
Rejected, spoiled and declined 57
Eligible electors / Turnout 19,259 31.50% -14.14%
Progressive Conservative hold Swing -12.67%
Source(s)
"Lesser Slave Lake Statement of Official Results 2004 Alberta general election" (PDF). Elections Alberta. Retrieved January 15, 2012.
2008 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Pearl Calahasen 3,384 65.18% +0.24%
Liberal Steve Noskey 1,109 21.36% +12.54%
New Democratic Habby Sharkawi 426 8.21% +2.32%
Greens Bonnie Raho 273 5.26% +1.03%
Total 5,192 100.00%
Rejected, spoiled and declined 43
Eligible electors / Turnout 20,310 25.78% -5.72%
Progressive Conservative hold Swing -6.39%
Source(s)
The Report on the March 3, 2008 Provincial General Election of the Twenty-seventh Legislative Assembly. Elections Alberta. July 28, 2008. pp. 462–467.

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

2012 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Pearl Calahasen 3,518 48.71% -16.47%
Wildrose Darryl Boisson 2,847 39.42%
New Democratic Steve Kaz 427 5.91% -2.30%
Liberal Steven Townsend 235 3.25% -9.29%
Independent Donald G. Bissell 195 2.70%
Total 7,222 100.00%
Rejected, spoiled and declined 50
Eligible electors / Turnout 18,723 38.84% +13.06%
Progressive Conservative hold Swing -27.95%
results by polling division, 2015
2015 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
New Democratic Danielle Larivee 3,915 43.23% +37.32%
Wildrose Darryl Boisson 3,198 35.31% -4.11%
Progressive Conservative Pearl Calahasen 1,944 21.46% -27.25%
Total valid votes 9,057 100.00%
Rejected, spoiled and declined 50
Eligible voters / Turnout 20,277 44.91% +6.07%
New Democratic gain from Progressive Conservative Swing +32.29%
Source(s)
"2015 Provincial General Election Results". Elections Alberta. Archived from the original on 2017-07-30. Retrieved 2017-07-30.
2019 Alberta general election
The 2019 general election will be held on April 16.
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
New Democratic Danielle Larivee
  Independence Suzette Powder
Alberta Party Vincent Rain
United Conservative Pat Rehn
Total valid votes
Rejected, spoiled, and declined
Registered electors
Turnout

Senate nominee results[edit]

2004 Senate nominee election district results[edit]

2004 Senate nominee election results: Lesser Slave Lake[5] Turnout 30.88%
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Votes % Ballots 'Rank
Progressive Conservative Betty Unger 2,431 15.19% 48.60% 2
Progressive Conservative Bert Brown 2,324 14.52% 46.46% 1
Progressive Conservative Cliff Breitkreuz 1,850 11.56% 36.99% 3
Progressive Conservative David Usherwood 1,539 9.62% 30.77% 6
Progressive Conservative Jim Silye 1,513 9.46% 30.25% 5
Alberta Alliance Michael Roth 1,388 8.68% 27.75% 7
Alberta Alliance Vance Gough 1,364 8.52% 27.27% 8
Alberta Alliance Gary Horan 1,335 8.34% 26.69% 10
  Independent Link Byfield 1,310 8.19% 26.19% 4
  Independent Tom Sindlinger 947 5.92% 18.93% 9
Total Votes 16,001 100%
Total Ballots 5,002 3.20 Votes Per Ballot
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 945

Voters had the option of selecting 4 Candidates on the Ballot

2012 Senate nominee election district results[edit]

Student Vote results[edit]

2004 elections[edit]

Participating Schools[6]
Gift Lake School
Kinuso School
Mistassiniy School
Pelican Mountain School
Roland Michener Secondary School
Smith 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[7]
Affiliation Candidate Votes %
Progressive Conservative Pearl Calahasen 190 35.71%
  Liberal Jonathan Plackaitis 116 21.81%
Green Ian Hopfe 98 18.42%
  NDP Doris Bannister 76 14.29%
Alberta Alliance Valerie Rahn 52 9.77%
Total 532 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 21

2012 elections[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Proposed Electoral Division Areas, Boundaries, and Names for Alberta" (PDF). Alberta Electoral Boundaries Commission. June 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 27, 2011. Retrieved January 14, 2012.
  2. ^ "E‑4.1". Statutes of the Province of Alberta. Government of Alberta. 2003. pp. 55–56.
  3. ^ "Bill 28 Electoral Divisions Act" (PDF). Legislative Assembly of Alberta. 2010.
  4. ^ "Calahasen becomes longest serving woman MLA". Ammsa.com. Retrieved 2018-06-29.
  5. ^ "Senate Nominee Election 2004 Tabulation of Official Results" (PDF). Elections Alberta. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 4, 2009. Retrieved February 28, 2010.
  6. ^ "School by School results". Student Vote Canada. Archived from the original on October 5, 2007. Retrieved 2008-04-27.
  7. ^ "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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