|Updated: Mar. 4, 2008 12:02 MST
||71 of 71 polls reporting
Current MLA: Brian Mason (NDP)
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.
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
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.
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