DISTRICT: BONNYVILLE-COLD LAKE
|Updated: Mar. 4, 2008 12:02 MST
||60 of 60 polls reporting
BONNYVILLE-COLD LAKE (48)
Current MLA: Denis Ducharme (PC)
Bonnyville-Cold Lake is a rural riding hugging the Saskatchewan border
in northeast Alberta. The 2004 redistribution changed the boundaries,
so that the riding now reaches only to the southern edge of the Cold Lake
Air Weapons Range, and takes in areas of the old Lac La Biche-St. Paul
riding, including the Puskiakiwenin and Unipouheous First Nations. Communities
include Bonnyville, Cold Lake and Glendon. With 29,944 residents, this
is Alberta's fourth-least-populated riding.
The biggest employers here are government services and retail, contributing
to an average household income of $59,922, just beneath the provincial average.
Also below average is the percentage of people considered low income:
7.8. One in every five residents is aboriginal, while 1.8 per cent are
francophone, the second-highest rate in the province. Almost 61 per cent
of residents were born in Alberta, and four per cent are immigrants.
Bonnyville-Cold Lake has been predominantly Conservative for the past
three decades. The incumbent, Denis Ducharme, has been this riding's MLA for about a decade. He has won the last three elections comfortably. In 2004, Ducharme defeated his Alberta Alliance challenger Shane Gervais with a 3-1 vote margin. And in 2001, he fended off Liberal challenger Ronald Young by the same margin. Ducharme first won his seat in 1997 with
a 2,270-vote victory over then-incumbent Leo Vasseur, a Liberal. Vasseur
had served only one term, having unseated 14-year Tory incumbent Ernie
Isley in 1993. Before Isley, Tory Donald Hansen was the MLA from 1971-79.
In 2004, voter turnout was 32.3 per cent.
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