DISTRICT: EDMONTON-GOLD BAR
|Updated: Mar. 4, 2008 12:02 MST
||76 of 76 polls reporting
EDMONTON-GOLD BAR (32)
Current MLA: Hugh MacDonald (LIB)
This east-central Edmonton riding is bordered on the north mostly by
the North Saskatchewan River, on the east by the city limits, on the
south mostly by 90th Avenue and Connors Road and in the west by 97th
Street. In the 2004 redistribution, the riding gained area on the north
side of the river from Edmonton-Highlands, and ceded small areas in
the south to Edmonton-Mill Creek and Edmonton-Strathcona.
This riding has more seniors than anywhere else in Alberta, with 19
per cent of residents over 65. Retail is the major employer, followed
by manufacturing. Household incomes average $50,669, below the provincial
average. Almost 16 per cent of the income here comes from government
transfer payments, and more than 14 per cent of residents are low income.
Immigrants make up 19 per cent of the population, while 57 per cent
were born in Alberta. Five per cent of residents are aboriginal.
Edmonton-Gold Bar has elected Liberal MLAs since 1986. Incumbent Hugh MacDonald held onto his seat in the 2004 election with a whopping 6,226-vote lead over Conservative challenger Manjit Dhaliwal.
MacDonald first earned his seat in 1997 with a 1,709-vote defeat over Conservative
Susan Green. In 2001, MacDonald defeated Tory David Fletcher, 7,654
votes to 5,981. MacDonald's predecessor, Liberal Bettie Hewes, enjoyed
comfortable victories over Tory opponents in 1986, 1989, and 1993. Tory
William Yurko served here from 1971-79 and Tory Al Hiebert occupied
the seat from 1979-86.
In 2004, voter turnout was 55.8 per cent.
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