|Updated: Mar. 4, 2008 12:02 MST
||67 of 67 polls reporting
Current MLA: Janis Tarchuk (PC)
This riding reaches from the peaks of Banff National Park in the west
to the agricultural land around Cochrane in the east. Though similar to
its pre-2004 redistribution shape, the riding now takes in the southwest
corner of the former Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills riding and the western
part of the former Highwood riding. The easternmost section of the old
riding, near the Calgary border, has been carved away. In addition to
Cochrane and Banff, communities here include Canmore and Lake Louise.
The biggest employer in Banff-Cochrane is the accommodation and food-service
industry, followed by retail sales. The average household earns $65,660
a year, just above the Alberta average, but typical housing prices are
the fourth-highest in the province, at $250,186. The number of low income
residents is Alberta's second lowest, at five per cent. One in eight residents
is an immigrant, while one in 12 is aboriginal. Fewer than 45 per cent
of residents were born in Alberta, which is low among rural ridings.
Banff-Cochrane has been Conservative since 1971. Incumbent Janis Tarchuk
has held this seat for a decade, since she won her seat in 1997 by a 4,000-vote margin over Liberal Judy Stewart.
In 2001, Tarchuk enjoyed a 7,000-vote margin over the Liberal's Norman
Kent. In 2004, Tarchuk won with 4,238 votes to beat Ian McDougall's 1,648.
Many of Tarchuk's Tory predecessors have served in cabinet, including
Clarence Copithorne (1971-75), Greg Stevens (1979-89) and Brian Evans
In 2004, voter turnout was 38.0 per cent.
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