This northwest Edmonton riding is bordered on the west by the city limits,
on the north mostly by 137th Avenue, on the east by 97th Street and
on the south by Stony Plain Road, 118th Avenue and 111th Avenue. In
the 2004 redistribution the riding lost some area to Edmonton-Glenora
and gained parts of Edmonton-Glengarry and Edmonton-Norwood.
The average home makes $47,199 a year. Almost 16 per cent of residents
are low income, and 15 per cent are older than 65. Retail and manufacturing
are the biggest employers. Almost 16 per cent of people living here
are immigrants, eight per cent are aboriginal, and 57 per cent were
born in the province.
Since its creation in 1971, Edmonton-Calder has been represented by
Conservatives, New Democrats and Liberals. Incumbent Tory Brent Rathgeber
won office in 2001, unseating Liberal Lance White by 474 votes. White
was elected in 1993, when the riding was called Edmonton-Mayfield, with
a 2,000-vote win over Tory Lynn Faulder. In a rematch four years later,
White's margin over Faulder narrowed to 942 votes. From 1971-86, Conservative
Tom Chambers held this riding. The NDP's Christie Mjolsness served here
In 2001, voter turnout was 51.7 per cent.