Riding Profiles

Candidate Party Vote Count Vote Share Elected
Peter Sandhu PC 4,109 35.83% X
Rick Murti NDP 2,302 20.07%
Dan Backs IND 2,275 19.84%
Sandeep Dhir LIB 2,261 19.72%
Phil Gamache WAP 287 2.50%
Odette Boily GRN 234 2.04%
Updated: Mar. 4, 2008 12:02 MST 79 of 79 polls reporting
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Current MLA: Dan Backs (IND)

PC Peter Sandhu
LIB Sandeep Dhir
NDP Rick Murti
WAP Phil Gamache
GRN Odette Boily
IND Dan Backs
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Riding Profile:

This northeast Edmonton riding is bordered on the north and east by the city limits, on the south by the North Saskatchewan River and 137th Avenue and on the west mostly by 82nd and 66th Streets. In the 2004 redistribution, the riding lost an area in the west to Edmonton-Decore and traded small areas in the south with Edmonton Beverly-Clareview.

Retail is the biggest employer here, followed by the health care and social service sectors. Household incomes average $56,204, somewhat below the provincial average, and the number of low income homes is 16.6 per cent, which is above the provincial average. The riding has the third-highest rate of single-parent families at 14.4 per cent. More than one in five people here is an immigrant, while 59 per cent were born in Alberta.

Political History:

This riding has traded hands back and forth between the Liberals and the Conservatives. In the 2004 election, Liberal Dan Backs unseated Conservative Tony Vandermeer by a margin of 282 votes. In November 2006, Backs was ousted from the Alberta Liberal caucus for reportedly causing friction between party leader Kevin Taft and other members of the opposition. Backs now sits as an independent.

Vandermeer had served as MLA since 2001, when he beat out then-incumbent Ed Gibbons, a Liberal. Vandermeer's 380-vote victory was a reversal of the 1997 election, where Gibbons defeated Vandermeer by almost 800 ballots. Prior to Gibbons, Liberal Peter Sekulic held the riding for one term. In 1993, he beat two-term Edmonton-Belmont incumbent Tom Sigurdson, a New Democrat. Between 1971 and Sigurdson's 1986 win, Tories held the Edmonton-Belmont riding.

In 2004, voter turnout was 43.4 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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