|Updated: Mar. 4, 2008 12:02 MST
||82 of 82 polls reporting
Current MLA: Art Johnston (PC)
This new southeast Calgary riding is bordered on the west and south
by the Bow River, on the east by the city limits and on the north by
Glenmore Trail. The riding was created in the 2004 redistribution by
splitting Calgary-Shaw, the eastern two-thirds of which are now Calgary-Hays.
Calgary-Hays contains Alberta's third-highest average household income
— $103,608 a year — and the least amount of money coming from government
transfer payments, at three per cent. Approximately one in 20 residents are
low income. The biggest employers are professional services and retail
trade. About 48 per cent of residents were born in Alberta, while 14
per cent are immigrants.
In 2004, Progressive Conservative Art Johnson won this new riding handily with 5,529 votes to Liberal Sharon L. Howe's 1,925. This riding's predecessor, Calgary-Shaw, has voted Conservative since
it was formed in 1986. The incumbent there, Cindy Ady, won office in
2001 with 20,306 votes — more than five times that of Liberal Jim McPherson.
Calgary-Shaw has a tradition of decisive Tory majorities: in 1993 and
1997, Jon Havelock easily beat Liberals Bill Walker and Sharon Howe.
Before Havelock, Jim Dinning occupied this seat, holding several cabinet
In 2004, voter turnout was 34.8 per cent.
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