This northeast Edmonton riding is bordered on the north and east by
the city limits, on the south by the North Saskatchewan River and 137th
Avenue, and on the west mostly by 82nd and 66th Streets. In the 2004
redistribution, the riding lost an area in the west to Edmonton-Decore
and traded small areas in the south with Edmonton Beverly-Clareview.
Retail is the biggest employer here, followed by the health care and
social service sectors. Household incomes average $56,204, somewhat
below the provincial average, and the number of low income homes is
16.6 per cent, which is above the provincial average. The riding has
the third-highest rate of single-parent families at 14.4 per cent. More
than one in five people here is an immigrant, while 59 per cent were
born in Alberta.
Edmonton-Manning's Conservative MLA, Tony Vandermeer, earned his seat
in 2001 by beating then-incumbent Ed Gibbons, a Liberal. Vandermeer's
380-vote victory was a reversal of the 1997 election, where Gibbons
defeated Vandermeer by almost 800 ballots. Prior to Gibbons, Liberal
Peter Sekulic held the riding for one term. In 1993, he beat two-term
Edmonton-Belmont incumbent Tom Sigurdson, a New Democrat. Between 1971
and Sigurdson's 1986 win, Tories held the Edmonton-Belmont riding.
In 2001, voter turnout was 49.9 per cent.