|Updated: Mar. 4, 2008 12:02 MST
||72 of 72 polls reporting
Current MLA: Shiraz Shariff (PC)
This northeast Calgary riding is bordered to the north and east by
the city limits, to the south by McKnight Boulevard and 32nd Avenue,
and to the west by the Deerfoot Trail. In the 2004 redistribution, the riding
lost some of its southern area to Calgary-Cross.
In this riding, 33.1 per cent of residents are immigrants, the second-highest
percentage in the province. Sixty-three per cent of residents speak
English at home, the lowest percentage in the province. And 16.2 per
cent of residents are considered low income. Manufacturing is the biggest
business here, with retail in second place. Average household incomes,
at $61,918, are just under the provincial average. More than nine per
cent of residents were born in India, more than four per cent in the
Philippines, and 41 per cent in Alberta.
Formed in 1971, this riding has voted Conservative for decades, since 1975. The
incumbent, Shiraz Shariff, won office in a 1995 byelection, beating
the Liberal candidate by 516 votes. Shariff won by more than 2,000 votes
in 1997, and by nearly 4,500 in 2001, over Liberal John Phillips. However, the margin narrowed significantly in 2004 when Shariff won by just 248 votes over Liberal Darshan S. Kang. Shariff's
predecessor, Harry Sohal, was elected in 1993 and died in office. PCs
Andy Little and Stan Nelson easily held this riding from 1975-93.
In 2004, voter turnout was 33.9 per cent.
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