Edmonton-Meadowlark

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Edmonton-Meadowlark
Flag of Alberta.svg Alberta electoral district
EdmontonMeadowlark in Edmonton.jpg
2010 boundaries
Provincial electoral district
LegislatureLegislative Assembly of Alberta
MLA
 
 
 
Raj Sherman
Liberal
District created1971
First contested1971
Last contested2012
 
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Edmonton-Meadowlark
Flag of Alberta.svg Alberta electoral district
EdmontonMeadowlark in Edmonton.jpg
2010 boundaries
Provincial electoral district
LegislatureLegislative Assembly of Alberta
MLA
 
 
 
Raj Sherman
Liberal
District created1971
First contested1971
Last contested2012

Edmonton Meadowlark is a provincial electoral district in Alberta, Canada. The district is one of 87 mandated to return a single member to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta using the first past the post method of voting.

The electoral district located on the western edge of Edmonton was created in the 1971 boundary redistribution from the old electoral districts of Edmonton Jasper Place and Edmonton West.

The district has switched support between Progressive Conservative and Liberal candidates with regular frequency since it was created. The current representative is Raj Sherman who was elected for the first time in the 2008 general election.

History[edit]

The electoral district was created in the 1971 boundary redistribution from the old electoral districts of Edmonton Jasper Place and Edmonton West. The 1993 redistribution would see the district go through a significant redrawing as most of the riding which was south of Whitemud Drive would be moved into the new district of Edmonton-McClung. The riding remained a rectangle shape between Whitemud and Stony Plain road with little changes made in 1996 and 2003.

The 2010 boundary redistribution would see a significant change as the riding was extended well beyond Stony Plain road up to Yellowhead Trail into land that was once in Edmonton-Calder and Edmonton-Glenora.

Boundary history[edit]

Electoral history[edit]

Members of the Legislative Assembly for Edmonton-Meadowlark[2]
AssemblyYearsMemberParty
See: Edmonton Jasper Place 1963-1971 and Edmonton West 1963-1971
17th1971–1975Gerard AmerongenProgressive Conservative
18th1975–1979
19th1979–1982
20th1982–1986
21st1986–1989Grant MitchellLiberal
22nd1989–1993
23rd1993–1997Karen Leibovici
24th1997–2001
25th2001–2004Bob MaskellProgressive Conservative
26th2004–2008Maurice TougasLiberal
27th2008–2010Raj ShermanProgressive Conservative
2010–2011Independent
2011Independent Liberal
2011–2012Liberal
28th2012–present

The electoral district was created in the 1971 boundary redistribution. The election held that year saw Progressive Conservative candidate Gerard Amerongen pickup the new district for his party. He was successful after running as a candidate in various districts since the 1950s. Amerongen would be elected as Speaker of the Assembly when it met for its first session after the election in 1972.

Amerongen won re-election with increasing majorities three more times in the 1975, 1979 and 1982 general elections. He ran for a fifth term in the 1986 general election but was defeated in a shocking upset by Liberal candidate Grant Mitchell. This was only the second time in Alberta history that the Speaker of the Legislature had been defeated.

Mitchell was re-elected to his second term with a large majority in the 1989 general election. He ran for re-election in the Edmonton-McClung after redistricting created the new district out of most of the old land that covered Meadowlark. The new boundaries of Meadowlark returned Liberal candidate Karen Leibovici who won her first term with a substantial majority to hold the seat for her party.

Leibovici won her second term (in a closely contested race in the 1997 general election) defeating Progressive Conservative candidate Laurie Pushor. In the 2001 general election she was defeated by Progressive Conservative candidate, Bob Maskell, who won by 600 votes to pick up the district.

Maskell would only stay for a single term in office as he was defeated by Maurice Tougas in the 2004 general election. Tougas did not stand for re-election in 2008 and Progressive Conservative candidate Raj Sherman picked up the open district.

Sherman was removed from the Progressive Conservative caucus after making unsubstantiated allegations against the Alberta Government regarding abuses against staff working under Alberta Health Services. He at first sat as an Independent on November 22, 2010 than on March 15, 2011 he began caucusing with the Liberal caucus as an Independent. He was elected as leader of the provincial Liberals on September 10, 2011 and became a full member of the Liberal caucus two days later. He was re-elected in the 2012 provincial election.

Legislature results[edit]

1971 general election[edit]

1971 Alberta general election results[3]Turnout 70.70%Swing
AffiliationCandidateVotes%PartyPersonal
    Progressive ConservativeGerard Amerongen6,37156.66%*
    Social CreditAlexander Romaniuk3,83934.14%*
    NDPAlan Idiens1,0359.20%*
Total11,245100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined28
15,944 Eligible Electors
    Progressive Conservative pickup new districtSwing N/A

1975 general election[edit]

1975 Alberta general election results[4]Turnout 50.35%Swing
AffiliationCandidateVotes%PartyPersonal
    Progressive ConservativeGerard Amerongen6,71567.75%11.09%
    NDPHarvey Tilden1,40614.18%4.98%*
    Social CreditRuss Forsythe1,09311.03%-23.11%*
    LiberalVic Yanda6987.04%*
Total9,912100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined13
19,714 Eligible Electors
    Progressive Conservative holdSwing 8.04%

1979 general election[edit]

1979 Alberta general election results[5]Turnout 51.03%Swing
AffiliationCandidateVotes%PartyPersonal
    Progressive ConservativeGerard Amerongen7,07560.36%-7.39%
    NDPJim Bell2,09817.90%3.72%*
    Social CreditRuss Forsythe1,23710.55%-0.48%
    LiberalRon Charko9047.71%0.67%*
    IndependentDoug Ringrose4083.48%*
Total11,722100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined76
23,118 Eligible Electors
    Progressive Conservative holdSwing -5.56%

1982 general election[edit]

1982 Alberta general election results[6]Turnout 63.27%Swing
AffiliationCandidateVotes%PartyPersonal
    Progressive ConservativeGerard Amerongen10,81758.59%-1.77%
    NDPRobert Henderson4,59024.86%6.96%*
    Western Canada ConceptAl Wilson1,5118.18%-0.48%
    LiberalNidhi Chaudhary7764.20%-3.51%*
    IndependentWilliam Dickson4232.29%*
    Social CreditAndy Groenink3451.88%-8.67%*
Total18,462100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined76
29,252 Eligible Electors
    Progressive Conservative holdSwing -4.37%

1986 general election[edit]

1986 Alberta general election results[7]Turnout 49.18%Swing
AffiliationCandidateVotes%PartyPersonal
    LiberalGrant Mitchell4,91341.93%37.73%*
    Progressive ConservativeGerard Amerongen4,22236.04%-22.55%
    NDPMuriel Stanley-Venne2,31519.76%-5.10%*
    RepresentativeRobert Genis-Bell1761.50%*
    Western Canada ConceptNorm Kyle900.77%-7.41%*
Total11,716100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined?
23,485 Eligible Electors
    Liberal pickup from Progressive ConservativeSwing 30.14%

1989 general election[edit]

1989 Alberta general election results[8]Turnout 56.05%Swing
AffiliationCandidateVotes%PartyPersonal
    LiberalGrant Mitchell7,87756.56%14.63%
    Progressive ConservativeJoan Majeski4,22130.31%-5.73%*
    NDPWilliam Mullen1,82913.13%-6.63%*
Total13,927100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined225
25,251 Eligible Electors
    Liberal holdSwing 10.18%

1993 general election[edit]

1993 Alberta general election results[9]Turnout 57.90%Swing
AffiliationCandidateVotes%PartyPersonal
    LiberalKaren Leibovici7,21556.51%-0.05%*
    Progressive ConservativeLaurie Pushor3,97831.16%0.85%*
    NDPWilliam Mullen1,1118.70%-4.43%
    Social CreditNorm Case3542.77%*
    Natural LawMargo Cochlan1100.86%*
Total12,768100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined25
22,094 Eligible Electors
    Liberal holdSwing -0.45%

1997 general election[edit]

1997 Alberta general election results[10]Turnout 56.16%Swing
AffiliationCandidateVotes%PartyPersonal
    LiberalKaren Leibovici6,04750.22%-6.29%
    Progressive ConservativeLaurie Pushor4,67238.80%7.64%
    NDPTerry McNally8316.90%-1.80%*
    Social CreditAaron Hinman4353.61%0.84%*
    Natural LawGeoff Toane550.46%-0.40%*
Total12,040100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined27
21,488 Eligible Electors
    Liberal holdSwing -6.97%

2001 general election[edit]

2001 Alberta general election results[11]Turnout 56.15%Swing
AffiliationCandidateVotes%PartyPersonal
    Progressive ConservativeBob Maskell6,10848.62%9.82%*
    LiberalKaren Leibovici5,67445.17%-5.05%
    NDPMike Hudema6365.06%-1.84%*
    IndependentPeggy Morton1441.15%*
Total12,562100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined50
22,491 Eligible Electors
    Progressive Conservative pickup from LiberalSwing 7.44%

2004 general election[edit]

2004 Alberta general election results[12]Turnout 45.46%Swing
AffiliationCandidateVotes%PartyPersonal
    LiberalMaurice Tougas4,43541.26%-3.91%*
    Progressive ConservativeBob Maskell4,24239.47%-9.15%
    NDPLance Burns1,30612.15%7.09%*
    Alberta AllianceAaron Campbell4464.15%*
GreensAmanda Doyle2432.26%*
    IndependentPeggy Morton760.71%*-0.44%
Total10,748100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined91
23,845 Eligible Electors
    Liberal pickup from Progressive ConservativeSwing -6.53%

2008 general election[edit]

2008 Alberta general election results[13]Turnout 36.03%Swing
AffiliationCandidateVotes%PartyPersonal
    Progressive ConservativeRaj Sherman6,17454.83%15.36%*
    LiberalDebbie Cavaliere3,42330.40%-10.86*
    NDPPascal Ryffel1,0108.97%-3.18*
GreensAmanda Doyle3473.08%0.82%
    Wildrose AllianceRichard Guyon3062.72%-1.43%*
Total11,260100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined54
31,552 Eligible Electors
    Progressive Conservative pickup from LiberalSwing 13.11%

2012 general election[edit]

2012 Alberta general electionTurnout %Swing
AffiliationCandidateVotes%PartyPersonal
    LiberalRaj Sherman5,15035.5%5.1%-19.3%
    Progressive ConservativeBob Maskell5,03234.7%-20.13%*
    WildroseRick Newcombe2,97820.5%17.78%*
    NDPBridget Stirling1,0917.5%-1.47%*
    Alberta PartyNeil Mather2621.8%*
Total14,513100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined'
Eligible Electors
    Liberal hold from floor crossingSwing %

Senate nominee results[edit]

2004 Senate nominee election district results[edit]

2004 Senate nominee election results: Edmonton-Meadowlark[14]Turnout 45.36%
AffiliationCandidateVotes% Votes% BallotsRank
    Progressive ConservativeBetty Unger4,52817.12%51.41%2
    IndependentLink Byfield3,16111.95%35.89%4
    Progressive ConservativeBert Brown3,10011.72%35.20%1
    Progressive ConservativeCliff Breitkreuz2,92911.07%33.25%3
    Alberta AllianceMichael Roth2,2858.64%25.94%7
    IndependentTom Sindlinger2,1738.21%24.67%9
    Alberta AllianceGary Horan2,1147.99%24.00%10
    Alberta AllianceVance Gough2,1077.96%23.92%8
    Progressive ConservativeDavid Usherwood2,1047.95%23.89%6
    Progressive ConservativeJim Silye1,9557.39%22.20%5
Total Votes26,456100%
Total Ballots8,8083.00 Votes Per Ballot
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined2,008

Voters had the option of selecting 4 Candidates on the Ballot

2012 Senate nominee election district results[edit]

Student Vote[edit]

2004 election[edit]

Participating Schools[15]
Aldergrove Elementary
Aurora Charter School
Centennial Elementary
St Thomas More School
H.E. Beriault School
St. Francis Xavier 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[16]
AffiliationCandidateVotes%
    LiberalMaurice Tougas36333.24%
    Progressive ConservativeBob Maskell33030.22%
    NDPLance Burns21419.60%
GreensAmanda Doyle13112.00%
    Alberta AllianceAaron Campbell383.48%
    IndependentPeggy Morton161.46%
Total1,092100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined31

2012 election[edit]

2012 Alberta Student Vote results
AffiliationCandidateVotes%
    Progressive ConservativeBob Maskell%
    WildroseRick Newcombe%
    LiberalRaj Sherman%
    Alberta Party%
    NDPBridget Stirling%
Total'100%

References[edit]

  1. ^ "E‑4.1". Statutes of the Province of Alberta. Government of Alberta. 2003. pp. 19–20. 
  2. ^ "Members of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta 1905-2006". Legislative Assembly of Alberta. Retrieved February 27, 2010. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Edmonton-Meadowlark Official Results 1971 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved April 3, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Edmonton-Meadowlark Official Results 1975 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved April 3, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Edmonton-Meadowlark Official Results 1979 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved April 3, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Edmonton-Meadowlark Official Results 1982 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved April 3, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Edmonton-Meadowlark Official Results 1986 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved April 3, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Edmonton-Meadowlark Official Results 1989 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved April 3, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Edmonton-Meadowlark Official Results 1993 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved April 3, 2010. 
  10. ^ "1997 General Election". Elections Alberta. Retrieved January 26, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Edmonton-Meadowlark Official Results 2001 Alberta general election". Elections Alberta. Retrieved April 3, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Edmonton-Meadowlark Statement of Official Results 2004 Alberta general election". Elections Alberta. Retrieved April 3, 2010. 
  13. ^ The Report on the March 3, 2008 Provincial General Election of the Twenty-seventh Legislative Assembly. Elections Alberta. July 28, 2008. pp. 316–319. 
  14. ^ "Senate Nominee Election 2004 Tabulation of Official Results". Elections Alberta. Retrieved February 28, 2010. 
  15. ^ "School by School results". Student Vote Canada. Retrieved 2008-04-18. [dead link]
  16. ^ "Riding by Riding Results - the Candidates". Student Vote Canada. Retrieved 2008-04-19. [dead link]

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