Peace River—Westlock

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Peace River—Westlock
Alberta electoral district
Peace-River–Westlock 2013 Riding.png
Peace River—Westlock in relation to other Alberta federal electoral districts as of the 2013 Representation Order.
Federal electoral district
LegislatureHouse of Commons
MP
 
 
 
Arnold Viersen
Conservative
District created2013
First contested2015
Last contested2019
District webpageprofile, map
Demographics
Population (2011)[1]108,095
Electors (2019)73,809
Area (km²)[1]105,095
Pop. density (per km²)1
Census division(s)Division No. 13, Division No. 17, Division No. 18, Division No. 19
Census subdivision(s)Barrhead, Barrhead No. 11, Big Lakes, Greenview No. 16, Mackenzie, Peace River, Slave Lake, Westlock, Westlock County, Whitecourt

Peace River—Westlock is a federal electoral district in Alberta, Canada, that has been represented in the House of Commons of Canada since 2015.

Peace River—Westlock was created by the 2012 federal electoral boundaries redistribution and was legally defined in the 2013 representation order.[2] It came into effect upon the call of the 42nd Canadian federal election, scheduled for October 19, 2015.[3] It was created out of parts of Peace River, Fort McMurray—Athabasca, Yellowhead, and Westlock—St. Paul.[4]

Conservative Arnold Viersen, a former mechanic, has been the riding's MP since 2015.

Members of Parliament[edit]

This riding has elected the following members of the House of Commons of Canada:

Parliament Years Member Party
Peace River—Westlock
Riding created from Fort McMurray—Athabasca, Peace River
Westlock—St. Paul, and Yellowhead
42nd  2015–2019     Arnold Viersen Conservative
43rd  2019–present

Profile[edit]

This riding is a typical conservative stronghold riding. There are several ridings in Alberta that the Conservative Party of Canada realistically expects to win, and this is one of them. However, the northern portion of the riding is less strongly conservative than the rest, with pockets of support for the NDP. Historically, this riding has been always right-leaning, with support beginning toward the old Progressive Conservative Party of Canada, shifting toward the right-populist Reform Party after the time of prime minister Brian Mulroney, and then held by the new Conservative Party of Canada since the unification of the Progressive Conservatives and Canadian Alliance in 2003.

Election results[edit]

Graph of election results in Peace River—Westlock (minor parties that never got 2% of the vote or didn't run consistently are omitted)
2019 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Conservative Arnold Viersen 41,659 80.6 +11.25 $61,848.92
New Democratic Jennifer Villebrun 3,886 7.5 -6.89 none listed
Liberal Leslie Penny 3,148 6.1 -6.74 $5,946.81
People's John Schrader 1,579 3.1 - $4,989.63
Green Peter Nygaard 1,377 2.7 +0.18 none listed
Total valid votes/Expense limit 51,649 100.0
Total rejected ballots 347
Turnout 51,996 70.4
Eligible voters 73,809
Conservative hold Swing +9.07
Source: Elections Canada[5][6]
2015 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Conservative Arnold Viersen 34,342 69.35 -8.46 $74,852.55
New Democratic Cameron Alexis 7,127 14.39 +1.35 $10,844.13
Liberal Chris Brown 6,360 12.84 +9.20 $6,504.94
Green Sabrina Lee Levac 1,247 2.52 -1.34
Libertarian Jeremy Sergeew 443 0.89 $108.02
Total valid votes/Expense limit 49,519 100.00   $259,766.62
Total rejected ballots 170 0.34
Turnout 49,689 65.93
Eligible voters 75,362
Conservative hold Swing -4.90
Source: Elections Canada[7][8]
2011 federal election redistributed results[9]
Party Vote %
  Conservative 28,986 77.81
  New Democratic 4,859 21.10
  Green 1,436 3.85
  Liberal 1,357 3.64
  Others 616 1.65

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Statistics Canada: 2011
  2. ^ District Description
  3. ^ Timeline for the Redistribution of Federal Electoral Districts
  4. ^ Report – Alberta
  5. ^ "List of confirmed candidates". Elections Canada. Retrieved October 4, 2019.
  6. ^ "Election Night Results". Elections Canada. Retrieved November 6, 2019.
  7. ^ "October 19, 2015 Election Results — Peace River—Westlock (Validated results)". Elections Canada. 24 October 2015. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
  8. ^ "Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates". Archived from the original on 2015-08-15. Retrieved 2020-05-02.
  9. ^ Pundits' Guide to Canadian Elections