This southeast Edmonton riding is bordered on the west by the city limits,
on the south by Mill Creek and Whitemud Drive, on the west mostly by
103rd Street, and on the north, in part, by Whyte Avenue, 90th Avenue
and the city limits. In the 2004 redistribution the riding gained a
small area in the northwest from Edmonton-Strathcona and lost a larger
southern area to Edmonton-Mill Woods.
With an average household income of $61,122, Edmonton-Mill Creek residents
earn just under the provincial average, largely in manufacturing jobs
and retail work. About 10.5 per cent of residents are low income. Almost
21 per cent are immigrants, while 57 per cent were born in Alberta.
This riding has had a diverse political history, having elected Conservative,
Liberal and New Democrat MLAs since its founding - as Edmonton-Avonmore
- in 1971. Incumbent and Community Development Minister Gene Zwozdesky
was elected as a Liberal in 1993, defeating Tory hopefuls in that election
and in 1997. Then, in July of 1998, following a dispute with his party
over fiscal policy, Zwozdesky quit the Liberals and sat as an independent.
A month later he joined the Tories, and in 2001 he easily defeated Liberal
Bharat Agnihotri, 8,085 votes to 4,229. From 1971-86 this riding was
represented by Horst Schmid, a Tory who held a variety of cabinet posts.
In 1986, Schmid was lost, by 93 votes, to New Democrat Marie Laing,
who held office until 1993, when she ran third to Zwozdesky and Tory
In 2001, voter turnout was 55.4 per cent.