DISTRICT: CALGARY-FISH CREEK
|Updated: Mar. 4, 2008 12:02 MST
||66 of 66 polls reporting
CALGARY-FISH CREEK (9)
Current MLA: Heather Forsyth (PC)
Created in 1979, this south-central Calgary riding is bordered on the
south by Fish Creek, on the east by the Bow River, on the west by Elbow
Drive and on the north by Anderson Road. The 2004 redistribution expanded
the riding slightly west, taking in an area that was formerly part of Calgary-Lougheed.
The main occupations in Calgary-Fish Creek are professional services
and retail. The average household earns $90,399 a year, far above the
provincial average, while 7.6 per cent of residents are low income.
Sixteen per cent of people in the riding are immigrants, while another
48 per cent of residents were born in Alberta.
This solidly Conservative riding has had only two MLAs since it was
created 25 years ago. The incumbent, Heather Forsyth,
has held this seat since 1993, when she defeated Liberal Marie Cameron by more than 2,500 votes.
In 1997, Forsyth, once again challenged by Cameron, doubled her margin
of victory. In 2001, Forsyth won 9,716 votes to Liberal Marc Doll's
2,853. And in 2004, Forsyth won with another decisive lead of about 4,000 votes over Liberal Tore Badenduck. Forsyth's predecessor, Bill Paine, served here from 1979-93.
In 2004, voter turnout was 45.3 per cent.
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