|Updated: Mar. 4, 2008 12:02 MST
||79 of 79 polls reporting
Current MLA: Dan Backs (IND)
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.
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.
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