|Updated: Mar. 4, 2008 12:02 MST
||69 of 69 polls reporting
Current MLA: Bharat Agnihotri (LIB)
This southeast Edmonton riding is bordered on the south and east by
the city limits, on the west by the CNR line and Gateway Boulevard,
and on the north largely by 34th, 28th and 23rd Avenues. In the 2004
redistribution, the riding gained area from both Edmonton-Mill Woods
and Edmonton-Mill Creek.
While 56 per cent of Edmonton-Ellerslie residents are Alberta-born,
another 24 per cent are immigrants. Seven per cent were born in India
and 7.2 per cent are Sikhs. Retail and manufacturing are the major employers
here, contributing to an average household income of $62,145 a year,
just under the provincial average. The number of low income homes is
about one in seven.
Since its creation in 1993, this seat has been held by Liberal Debby
Carlson. She was elected in 1993 by 3,322 votes over a New Democrat.
In 1997 she defeated Tory Jasbeer Singh by a similar margin. Her 2001
victory was closer, with Carlson getting 272 votes more than PC challenger
Sukhi Randhawa. The Edmonton-Ellerslie seat became vacant in 2004 when
Carlson resigned to run unsuccessfully against Conservative MP Rahim
Jaffer. Prior to 1993, many of the voters in Edmonton-Ellerslie were
part of the old Edmonton-Mill Woods riding, represented by Tory Milt
Pahl (1979-86) and the NDP's Gerry Gibeault (1986-93).
In 2004, voter turnout was 43.4 per cent.
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