|Updated: Mar. 4, 2008 12:02 MST
||98 of 98 polls reporting
Current MLA: Gary Mar (PC)
This relatively new northern Calgary riding is bordered on the north by the city
limits, on the east by the Deerfoot Trail, on the south by the Beddington Trail,
Beaconsfield Way and MacEwan Park View and on the west by Simons Valley
Drive, Beddington Trail, Country Hills Boulevard and Shaganappi Trail.
The riding was formed in the 2004 redistribution. Most of the voters
here were formerly a part of Calgary-Nose Creek and a handful were part of the Calgary-Foothills riding.
Retail and professional services earn Calgary-Mackay residents an average
annual income of $80,470 — well over the provincial average. Just under
seven per cent are low income. A little more than 21 per cent of residents
are immigrants — one in six are of Chinese origin, and just under half
were born in Alberta.
Conservative Gary Mar became the riding's first MLA in 2004 (the year it was created). Mar garnered 5,640 votes to beat out Liberal Darryl G. Hawkins's 2,615. It wasn't a surprising result, considering Mar had been the only MLA ever in the riding's precursor, Calgary-Nose Creek. It was
formed in 1993 when Mar was elected over Liberal Yolande Gagnon. Mar beat the then-incumbent
from Calgary-McKnight by more than 1,900 votes. In 1997, Mar beat Liberal Peter Willott by almost 5,000 votes, and in 2001 he defeated
Willott again, this time by almost 9,000 votes. Mar has served in various
cabinet positions over the past dozen years. In September 2007, he was appointed to be Alberta's trade representative in Washington.
In 2004, voter turnout was 35.8 per cent.
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