|Updated: Mar. 4, 2008 12:02 MST
||70 of 70 polls reporting
Current MLA: Maurice Tougas (LIB)
This west-central Edmonton riding is bordered on the west by the city
limits, on the north by Stony Plain Road, on the east mostly by 158th,
159th and 163rd Streets and on the south by Whitemud Drive. In the
2004 redistribution, the riding gained a small area in the east from
Edmonton-Glenora and lost the neighbourhoods directly south of there
Retail provides the most jobs here, followed by the accommodation and
food-service industry. The average household income, at $57,853, is
somewhat below the Alberta average, and there's a higher-than-average
number of low-income residents at 13.6 per cent. Twenty-two per cent
of people are immigrants, while 54 per cent were born in Alberta.
Over the past three decades, Edmonton-Meadowlark has been a Liberal
versus Conservative battleground. In 2004, Liberal Maurice Tougas took the riding from Tory incumbent Bob Maskell — edging him out with a 193-vote lead.
Maskell won his
seat in 2001 by upsetting MLA Karen Leibovici, a Liberal, by a 444-vote
margin. Leibovici had first won here in 1993 with a 3,237-vote victory
over Tory Laurier Pushor. She beat Pushor again, this time by 1,375
votes, in 1996. From 1971-86, Tory Gerry Amerongen held the seat. Then-Liberal
leader Grant Mitchell ended Amerongen's reign in 1986 and was re-elected
In 2004, voter turnout was 45.3 per cent.
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