ALBERTA VOTES 2008

Riding Profiles

DISTRICT: CALGARY-MCCALL
Candidate Party Vote Count Vote Share Elected
Darshan Kang LIB 4,263 44.28% X
Shiraz Shariff PC 4,165 43.26%
Ina Given WAP 537 5.58%
Heather Brocklesby GRN 388 4.03%
Preet Sihota NDP 275 2.86%
Updated: Mar. 4, 2008 12:02 MST 72 of 72 polls reporting
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CALGARY-McCALL (16)


Current MLA: Shiraz Shariff (PC)

Candidates:
PC Shiraz Shariff
LIB Darshan Kang
NDP Preet Sihota
WAP Ina Given
GRN Heather Brocklesby
Riding Talk
Riding Profile:

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.


Political History:

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.

2003 Results Interactive Map

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Overall Election Results
Party Elected Leading Total Vote Share
PC 72 0 72 52.66%
LIB 9 0 9 26.37%
NDP 2 0 2 8.52%
WAP 0 0 0 6.77%
GRN 0 0 0 4.58%
OTH 0 0 0 1.11%
  • Updated: Mar 4, 2008, 12:02 MST

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