Taber-Warner

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Taber-Warner
Alberta electoral district
Taber Warner 2017.svg
Taber-Warner within Alberta (2017 boundaries).
Provincial electoral district
LegislatureLegislative Assembly of Alberta
MLA
 
 
 
Grant Hunter
United Conservative
District created1963
District abolished1996
District re-created2017
First contested1963
Last contested2019
Demographics
Population (2016)42,625
Area (km²)14,980
Pop. density (per km²)2.8

Taber-Warner is a provincial electoral district in Alberta, Canada. The district is mandated to return a single member to the for the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. The district has existed twice: the first iteration was represented in the Assembly from 1963 until 1997, and the district will be contested again in the next Alberta general election.

History[edit]

Boundary history[edit]

The district was created in 1963 from Taber and Warner, although not including the section of Taber to the north of the Old Man River. Its boundaries saw minor adjustments over the years, but always contained the communities of Taber, Warner, and Coaldale, stretching east from the City of Lethbridge and south to the Montana border.

The district became a flashpoint of controversy in 1994, when the Alberta Court of Appeal heavily criticized the new map of electoral boundaries drawn up by a committee of PC MLAs led by Bob Bogle. The Court noted that “one of the smallest divisions in the province...was that for which [Bogle] was then the sitting member.” A new system for appointing boundaries commissions was introducted in 1995, and Taber-Warner was subsequently abolished.[1] Most of its territory was transferred to Cardston-Taber-Warner in 1997, with the Coaldale area transferred to Little Bow.

The second iteration of the district took sections of Cardston-Taber-Warner, Little Bow and Cypress-Medicine Hat. It is significantly larger in area than the first, now stretching east to the border of Cypress County, but still entirely south of the Old Man and South Saskatchewan rivers.

Representation history[edit]

Members of the Legislative Assembly
for Taber-Warner[2]
Assembly Years Member Party
See Taber and Warner 1913-1963
15th 1963–1967 Leonard Halmrast Social Credit
16th 1967–1971 Douglas Miller
17th 1971–1975
18th 1975–1979 Robert Bogle Progressive
Conservative
19th 1979–1982
20th 1982–1986
21st 1986–1989
22nd 1989–1993
23rd 1993–1997 Ron Hierath
See Cardston-Taber-Warner and Little Bow 1997-2019
30th 2019 Grant Hunter United Conservative

Taber-Warner's first representative was the incumbent Warner MLA and Social Credit Minister for Public Welfare Leonard Halmrast, who had already served five terms in the Legislature. As no other candidates stood against him in the 1963 election, Taber-Warner holds the distinction of being the last district to elect an MLA by acclamation in Alberta. Halmrast retired at the end of that term.

Social Credit easily kept the seat in 1967, with Douglas Miller becoming MLA. In 1971, the party lost the general election to Peter Lougheed's Progressive Conservatives (PCs), but Miller was able to hang on to Taber-Warner by a small margin. He retired from politics in 1975.

The 1975 election in Taber-Warner was hotly contested, with second-time PC candidate Robert Bogle facing Social Credit leader and future Reform MP Werner Schmidt. Bogle defeated Schmidt by a wide margin, cementing the demise of Social Credit as a force in Alberta politics. He would go on to serve five terms as MLA, holding the position of Minister of Utilities and Telecommunications between 1982 and 1986, and briefly of PC caucus chair and Whip before his retirement from politics in 1993.

The district's last representative was Ron Hierath, who was elected comfortably in 1993 despite the Liberals' best showing in the otherwise conservative district. The riding was merged into Cardston-Taber-Warner in 1997, and Hierath would serve one more term as its first MLA.

Election results[edit]

1960s[edit]

1963 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes
Social Credit Leonard Halmrast Acclaimed
Total valid votes 0
Social Credit pickup new district.
Source(s)
Alberta Heritage Foundation. "Election Results, Taber-Warner". Archived from the original on 2010-12-08.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
1967 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes %
Social Credit Douglas Miller 3,451 61.67
Progressive Conservative Emil D. Gundlock 1,170 20.91
Liberal Theodore Rudd 683 12.21
New Democratic Dick Verwoerd 292 5.22
Total valid votes 5,596 100.00
Rejected, spoiled and declined 39
Eligible electors / Turnout 9,402 59.93
Social Credit hold
Source(s)
Alberta Heritage Foundation. "Election Results, Taber-Warner".

1970s[edit]

1971 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Social Credit Douglas Miller 4,077 54.77 -6.90
Progressive Conservative Robert Bogle 3,367 45.23 +24.32
Total valid votes 7,444 100.00
Rejected, spoiled and declined 39
Eligible electors / Turnout 10,071 74.30 +14.37
Social Credit hold Swing -15.61
Source(s)
Alberta Heritage Foundation. "Election Results, Taber-Warner".
1975 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Robert Bogle 4,614 63.78 +18.55
Social Credit Werner Schmidt 2,418 33.43 -21.34
New Democratic Brian Aman 202 2.79
Total valid votes 7,234 100.00
Rejected, spoiled and declined 22
Eligible electors / Turnout 10,582 68.57 -5.73
Progressive Conservative gain from Social Credit Swing +19.95
Source(s)
Alberta Heritage Foundation. "Election Results, Taber-Warner".
1979 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Robert Bogle 5,010 65.34 +1.56
Social Credit Paul Primeau 2,108 27.49 -5.93
Liberal Jessie Snow 335 4.37
New Democratic Larry Schowalter 214 2.79 0.00
Total valid votes 7,667 100.00
Rejected, spoiled and declined 43
Eligible electors / Turnout 12,330 62.53 -6.04
Progressive Conservative hold Swing +3.75
Source(s)
Alberta Heritage Foundation. "Election Results, Taber-Warner".

1980s[edit]

1982 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Robert Bogle 6,800 71.14 +5.80
Western Canada Concept Ronald Johnson 1,811 18.95
New Democratic Catherine R. McCreary 486 5.08 +2.29
Alberta Reform Movement Emil D. Gundlock 461 4.82
Total valid votes 9,558 100.00
Rejected, spoiled and declined 24
Eligible electors / Turnout 13,227 72.44 +9.91
Progressive Conservative hold Swing -6.57
Source(s)
Alberta Heritage Foundation. "Election Results, Taber-Warner".
1986 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Robert Bogle 4,483 67.10 -4.04
Representative John Voorhorst 1,442 21.58
New Democratic Jim Renfrow 756 11.32 +6.23
Total valid votes 6,681 100.00
Rejected, spoiled and declined 35
Eligible electors / Turnout 13,334 50.37 -22.08
Progressive Conservative hold Swing -12.81
Source(s)
Alberta Heritage Foundation. "Election Results, Taber-Warner".
1989 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Robert Bogle 4,932 73.67 +6.57
Liberal Patrick Flanagan 981 14.65
New Democratic Charlene Vickers 782 11.68 +0.36
Total valid votes 6,695 100.00
Rejected, spoiled and declined 21
Eligible electors / Turnout 13,670 49.13 -1.24
Progressive Conservative hold Swing -4.04
Source(s)
Alberta Heritage Foundation. "Election Results, Taber-Warner".

1990s[edit]

1993 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Ron Hierath 5,544 59.84 -13.82
Liberal Doug Blatter 2,723 29.39 +14.74
Social Credit Ken Rose 564 6.09
New Democratic Charlie Bryant 433 4.67 -7.01
Total valid votes 9,264 100.00
Rejected, spoiled and declined 20
Eligible electors / Turnout 15,572 59.62 +10.49
Progressive Conservative hold Swing -14.28
Source(s)
Alberta Heritage Foundation. "Election Results, Taber-Warner".

2010s[edit]

Redistributed results, Alberta general election, 2015
Party Votes %
Wildrose 5,617 40.70
Progressive Conservative 4,998 36.20
New Democratic 2,669 19.30
Others 522 3.8
2019 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
United Conservative Grant Hunter 14,321
New Democratic Laura Ross-Giroux 2,363
Alberta Party Jason Beekman 1,443
Liberal Amy Yates 205
Total valid votes
Rejected, spoiled, and declined
Registered electors
Turnout

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stinson, Douglas (July 1, 1999). "Knowing Where to Draw the Line - Alberta Views - The Magazine for Engaged Citizens". albertaviews.ca. Retrieved 2018-05-31.
  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.

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