Lethbridge-West

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Lethbridge-West
Alberta electoral district
Lethbridge-West 2017.svg
Lethbridge-West within the City of Lethbridge, 2017 boundaries
Provincial electoral district
LegislatureLegislative Assembly of Alberta
MLA
 
 
 
Shannon Phillips
New Democratic
District created1971
First contested1971
Last contested2019

Lethbridge-West is an Alberta provincial electoral district, covering the western half of the city of Lethbridge, including all of West Lethbridge.

Under the Alberta electoral boundary re-distribution of 2004, 13 Street forms most of the dividing line between Lethbridge East and Lethbridge West. Scenic Drive and 16 Avenue South form a small part of the boundary. Clockwise from Lethbridge East, the constituency is bounded at the city limits by Little Bow, by Livingstone-Macleod and then again by Little Bow.

The current Member of the Legislative Assembly for this district is New Democrat Shannon Phillips.

History[edit]

The electoral district was created in the 1971 boundary redistribution from the old electoral district of Lethbridge when it was split in half.

The 2010 boundary redistribution made some minor revisions to equalize the population between West and East. North of St. Edward Blvd the boundary was pushed west from 13 Street to Stafford Drive.[1]

Boundary history[edit]

Representation history[edit]

Members of the Legislative Assembly for Lethbridge-West
Assembly Years Member Party
See: Lethbridge 1921-1971
17th 1971–1975 Richard Gruenwald Social Credit
18th 1975–1979 John Gogo Progressive
Conservative
19th 1979–1982
20th 1982–1986
21st 1986–1989
22nd 1989–1993
23rd 1993–1997 Clint Dunford
24th 1997–2001
25th 2001–2004
26th 2004–2008
27th 2008–2012 Greg Weadick
28th 2012–2015
29th 2015–2019 Shannon Phillips New Democrat
30th 2019–present

The electoral district was created in 1971 from the old Lethbridge district when it was split in half. Prior to 1971 the city returned candidates from a number of different banners. The first representative returned in the election held that year was Social Credit candidate Richard Gruenwald who won the district with well over half of the popular vote.

Gruenwald would run for a second term in the 1975 election and would be defeated finishing a distant second place behind Progressive Conservative candidate John Gogo who took almost 60% of the popular vote. Gogo would win his next two terms in 1979 and 1982 with increasing majorities achieving almost 70% of the popular vote.

Gogo would lose significant popularity upon re-election to his fourth term in 1986. He would fall from 70% the previous election to under half. He would hold his seat for a final term in 1989 when he took just over 45% of the popular vote. In his last term in office Premier Don Getty appointed Gogo as Minister of Advanced education He held that until 1992. Gogo retired from dissolution of the Assembly in 1993.

The 1993 election saw a hotly contested race between Progressive Conservative candidate Clint Dunford and Liberal candidate Michael Dietrich. Dunford won by a razor thin margin of just over 100 votes to hold the seat for his party and taking just over 41% of the popular vote.

Dunford was re-elected in 1997 winning a slightly higher plurality. After the election he was appointed to the provincial cabinet by Premier Ralph Klein as Minister of Advanced Education and Career Development. In 1999 he was shuffled to the Minister of Human Resources and Employment portfolio.

Dunford ran for his third term in 2001 increasing his plurality slightly taking 48% of the popular vote and kept his cabinet post. He ran for his fourth term in office in 2004 and fell to an all-time low holding his seat with just 39% of the popular vote. After that election he was shuffled to the Minister of Economic Development until 2006. Dunford retired from the legislature in 2008.

The fourth representative returned from the riding was Progressive Conservative candidate Greg Weadick who won his first term as MLA in 2008, but was defeated in the 2015 general election by Shannon Phillips of the NDP, who is currently the ridings representative in the legislature.

Legislature results[edit]

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

Alberta general election, 1971
Party Candidate Votes %
Social Credit Richard Gruenwald 4,169 54.93
Progressive Conservative R.J. Gray 2,751 36.24
New Democratic Klaas Buijert 670 8.83
Total valid votes 7,590
Rejected, spoiled and declined 75
Eligible electors / Turnout 10,464 73.25
Social Credit pickup new district.
Source(s)
"Letbridge-West Official Results 1971 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Archived from the original on December 8, 2010. Retrieved March 1, 2010.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
Alberta general election, 1975
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative John Gogo 3,991 59.42 +23.18
Social Credit Richard Gruenwald 1,914 28.49 -26.44
New Democratic Ian Whishaw 812 12.09 +3.26
Total valid votes 6,717
Rejected, spoiled and declined 133
Eligible electors / Turnout 10,464 64.50 -8.75
Progressive Conservative gain from Social Credit Swing +24.81
Source(s)
"Letbridge-West Official Results 1975 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Archived from the original on December 8, 2010. Retrieved March 1, 2010.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
Alberta general election, 1979
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative John Gogo 5,682 64.65 +5.23
Social Credit Jerry Waldern 1,625 18.49 -10.00
New Democratic Ron Clark 971 11.05 -1.04
Liberal Bob Wilson 511 5.81
Total valid votes 8,789
Rejected, spoiled and declined 7
Eligible electors / Turnout 10,464 54.58 -9.92
Progressive Conservative hold Swing +7.62%
Source(s)
"Letbridge-West Official Results 1979 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Archived from the original on December 8, 2010. Retrieved March 1, 2010.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

Alberta general election, 1982
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative John Gogo 8,302 69.53 +4.88
New Democratic Ian Whishaw 1,844 15.44 +4.39
Western Canada Concept G.M. Genstad 938 7.86
Social Credit Jerry Waldern 480 4.02 -14.47
Alberta Reform Movement Brenda Perkins 377 3.16
Total valid votes 11,941
Rejected, spoiled and declined 26
Eligible electors / Turnout 11,967 61.68 +7.10
Progressive Conservative hold Swing +0.25
Source(s)
"Letbridge-West Official Results 1982 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Archived from the original on December 8, 2010. Retrieved March 1, 2010.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
Alberta general election, 1986
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative John Gogo 3,999 48.64 -20.89
New Democratic Ed Webking 2,006 24.40 +8.96
Liberal Nora Galenzoski 1,579 19.20
Representative Douglas Pitt 532 6.47
Confederation of Regions Nora Galenzoski 106 1.29
Total valid votes 8,222
Rejected, spoiled and declined 23
Eligible electors / Turnout 21,535 38.29 -23.39
Progressive Conservative hold Swing -14.93
Source(s)
"Letbridge-West Official Results 1986 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Archived from the original on December 8, 2010. Retrieved March 1, 2010.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
Alberta general election, 1989
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative John Gogo 4,741 45.44 -3.20
Liberal Rhonda Ruston 3,210 30.76 +11.16
New Democratic Joyce Green 2,483 23.80 -0.60
Total valid votes 10,434
Rejected, spoiled and declined 26
Eligible electors / Turnout 21,805 47.97 +9.68
Progressive Conservative hold Swing -7.18
Source(s)
"Letbridge-West Official Results 1989 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Archived from the original on December 8, 2010. Retrieved March 1, 2010.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

Alberta general election, 1993
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Clint Dunford 4,643 41.92 -3.52
Liberal Michael Dietrich 4,534 40.94 +10.18
New Democratic Jacqueline Preyde 973 8.78 -15.02
Independent Jason Kempt 926 8.36
Total 11,076
Rejected, spoiled and declined 49
Eligible electors / Turnout 20,154 55.20 +7.23
Progressive Conservative hold Swing -6.85
Source(s)
"Letbridge-West Official Results 1993 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Archived from the original on December 8, 2010. Retrieved March 1, 2010.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
Alberta general election, 1997
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Clint Dunford 5,679 45.31 +3.39
Liberal Leslie Vaala 4,765 38.02 -2.92
Social Credit Brian Stewart 1,04 +8.32
New Democratic Tom Hovan 806 6.43 -1.93
Greens Don Ferguson 240 1.92
Total valid votes 12,533
Rejected, spoiled and declined 22
Eligible electors / Turnout 22,549 55.68 +0.48
Progressive Conservative hold Swing +3.16
Source(s)
"1997 General Election". Elections Alberta. Retrieved January 26, 2012.

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

Alberta general election, 2001
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Clint Dunford 6,685 48.08 +2.77
Liberal Leslie Vaala 5,496 39.52 +1.50
New Democratic Mark Sandilands 1,062 7.64 +1.21
Alberta First Brian Stewart 662 4.76 -3.56
Total valid votes 13,905
Rejected, spoiled, and declined 38
Eligible electors / Turnout 24,561 56.77 +1.09
Progressive Conservative hold Swing +0.64
Source(s)
"Lethbridge-West Official Results 2001 Alberta general election" (PDF). Elections Alberta. Retrieved March 27, 2010.
Alberta general election, 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Clint Dunford 4,411 39.84 -8.24
Liberal Bal Boora 3,629 32.78 -6.74
New Democratic Mark Sandlands 1,357 12.26 +4.62
Alberta Alliance Merle Terlesky 913 8.25
Greens Andrew Sheridan 385 3.48
Social Credit Scott Sawatsky 375 3.39
Total valid votes 11,070
Rejected, spoiled and declined 78
Registered electors / Turnout 24,561 45.56 -11.21
Progressive Conservative hold Swing -7.49%
Source(s)
"Lethbridge-West Statement of Official Results 2004 Alberta general election" (PDF). Elections Alberta. Retrieved March 1, 2012.
Alberta general election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Greg Weadick 5,002 43.68 +3.84
Liberal Bal Boora 4,022 35.13 +2.35
New Democratic James Moore 1,179 10.30 -1.96
Wildrose Matt Fox 855 7.47 -2.83
Greens Brennan Tilley 392 3.42 -0.06
Total votes 11,450
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 47
Eligible electors / Turnout 33,934 33.88 -11.68
Progressive Conservative hold Swing +0.75
Source(s)
The Report on the March 3, 2008 Provincial General Election of the Twenty-seventh Legislative Assembly. Elections Alberta. July 28, 2008. pp. 472–475.

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

Alberta general election, 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Greg Weadick 5,810 36.66 -7.02
New Democratic Shannon Phillips 4,746 29.95 +19.65
Wildrose Kevin Kinahan 4,235 26.72 +19.25
Liberal Bal Boora 881 5.56 -29.57
Alberta Party David Walters 177 1.11
Total valid votes 15,849 98.97
Rejected, spoiled, and declined 165 1.03
Registered electors / Turnout 29,267 54.72 +20.84
Progressive Conservative hold Swing -13.34
Alberta general election, 2015
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
New Democratic Shannon Phillips 11,114 59.18 +29.23
Progressive Conservative Greg Weadick 3,938 20.97 -15.69
Wildrose Ron Bain 3,063 16.31 -10.41
Liberal Sheila Pyne 634 3.38 -2.18
Total valid votes 18,779 99.05
Rejected, spoiled, and declined 181 0.95 -0.08
Registered electors / Turnout 34,146 55.53 +0.81
New Democratic gain from Progressive Conservative Swing +22.46
Alberta general election, 2019
The 2019 general election will be held on April 16.
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Patricia Chizek
United Conservative Karri Flatla
  Independence Ben Maddison
New Democratic Shannon Phillips
Alberta Party Zac Rhodenizer
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: Lethbridge-West[3] Turnout 45.59%
Candidate Votes % Votes % Ballots Rank
Progressive Conservative Bert Brown 3,233 13.26% 38.29% 1
  Independent Link Byfield 2,946 12.08% 34.89% 4
Progressive Conservative Betty Unger 2,906 11.92% 34.41% 2
  Independent Tom Sindlinger 2,741 11.24% 32.46% 9
Alberta Alliance Vance Gough 2,263 9.28% 26.80% 8
Alberta Alliance Michael Roth 2,205 9.04% 26.11% 7
Progressive Conservative Cliff Breitkreuz 2,169 8.90% 25.69% 3
Progressive Conservative David Usherwood 2,043 8.38% 24.20% 6
Progressive Conservative Jim Silye 1,970 8.08% 23.33% 5
Alberta Alliance Gary Horan 1,905 7.82% 22.56% 10
Total Votes 24,381 100%
Total Ballots 8,444 2.89 Votes Per Ballot
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 2,712

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[4]
GS Lakie Middle 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[5]
Affiliation Candidate Votes %
Progressive Conservative Clint Dunford 184 34.26%
  Liberal Bal Boora 133 24.77%
  NDP Mark Sandilands 75 13.97%
Green Andrew Sheridan 61 11.36%
  Social Credit Scott Sawatsky 44 8.19%
Alberta Alliance Merle Terlesky 40 7.45%
Total 537 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 19

2012 election[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Proposed Electoral Division Areas, Boundaries, and Names for Alberta" (PDF). Alberta Electoral Boundaries Commission. June 2010. p. 21. 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. p. 57.
  3. ^ "Senate Nominee Election 2004 Tabulation of Official Results" (PDF). Elections Alberta. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 4, 2009. Retrieved March 1, 2010.
  4. ^ "School by School results". Student Vote Canada. Archived from the original on October 5, 2007. Retrieved 2008-04-27.
  5. ^ "Riding by Riding Results - the Candidates". Student Vote Canada. Archived from the original on October 6, 2007. Retrieved 2008-04-19.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 49°42′N 112°48′W / 49.7°N 112.8°W / 49.7; -112.8