ALBERTA VOTES 2008

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DISTRICT: EDMONTON-HIGHLANDS-NORWOOD
Candidate Party Vote Count Vote Share Elected
Brian Mason NDP 4,753 50.91% X
Andrew Beniuk PC 2,984 31.96%
Brad Smith LIB 1,133 12.13%
Travis Loewen WAP 246 2.63%
Mohamed Maie GRN 221 2.37%
Updated: Mar. 4, 2008 12:02 MST 71 of 71 polls reporting
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EDMONTON-HIGHLANDS-NORWOOD (33)


Current MLA: Brian Mason (NDP)

Candidates:
PC Andrew Beniuk
LIB Brad Smith
NDP Brian Mason
WAP Travis Loewen
GRN Mohamed Maie
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Riding Profile:

This new northwest Edmonton riding is bordered on the south and east mostly by the North Saskatchewan River, on the west by 97th Street, and on the north in part by the CNR line, the Yellowhead Trail and 118th Avenue. The riding was created in the 2004 redistribution, in which most of Edmonton-Highlands merged with part of Edmonton-Norwood.

The average household income, at $42,966, is Alberta's second lowest, while the number of low-income homes, at 23.9 per cent, is the second highest. More than 40 per cent of residents don't have a high school diploma, the third-worst rate in the province. More than 18 per cent of residents' income comes from government transfer payments, the second-highest rate in the province. Single-parent families make up 14.1 per cent of families. Almost one in five people here is an immigrant, and more than one in 10 is aboriginal. Seven per cent of people identify themselves as being of Chinese origin, while eight per cent call themselves Ukrainian.


Political History:

This riding was formed from most of Edmonton-Highlands and much of Edmonton-Norwood. NDP Leader Brian Mason won this seat handily in 2004, when he garnered 6,054 votes compared to Conservative Terry Martiniuk's 2,208 votes.

Mason wasn't new to the Alberta election scene, as he was the incumbent in Edmonton-Highlands. He won his seat in a 2000 byelection, beating Liberal Terry Kirkland by more than 3,300 votes. In the 2001 general election, he won by about 1,200 votes over Tory Robert Bilida.

From 1971 to 1982, Tory Dave King won four elections here, falling to the NDP's Pam Barrett in 1986. Barrett won again in 1989, then declined to run in 1993, opening the door to Liberal Alice Hanson. Hanson, in turn, sat out the 1997 race and Barrett made her return, easily beating Tory Jim Campbell. Barrett resigned in February 2000.

In Edmonton-Norwood, a number of parties have held office since 1971. Incumbent Gary Masyk was elected as a Tory in 2001, beating Liberal Brian Bechtel by 140 votes, but left for the Alberta Alliance in the summer of 2004. Masyk sits as an independent. The PC's Catherine Chichak represented Edmonton-Norwood from 1971-82, after which then-NDP leader Ray Martin took over. In 1992, Martin was unseated by Liberal Andrew Beniuk. Beniuk moved to the Conservatives in 1996, then ran third to Liberal Sue Olsen and the NDP's Sherry McKibben in 1997.

In 2004, voter turnout was 42.6 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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