DISTRICT: CYPRESS-MEDICINE HAT
|Updated: Mar. 4, 2008 12:02 MST
||75 of 75 polls reporting
CYPRESS-MEDICINE HAT (50)
Current MLA: Leonard Mitzel (PC)
Cypress-Medicine Hat is a sizable riding in the southeast corner of the
province, bordering Saskatchewan and Montana and surrounding the urban
riding of Medicine Hat. Cypress-Medicine Hat was essentially unchanged
by the 2004 redistribution. Communities here include Redcliff, Bow Island
and Irvine. The city of Medicine Hat, south of the South Saskatchewan
River, the Trans-Canada Highway and Carry Drive are also in this riding.
Agricultural is the major industry here, with retail a distant second.
Incomes, at $59,912 for the average household, are slightly below the
Alberta norm, although the percentage of low-income residents, at nine
per cent, is also below average. This riding has a large number of people
who identify themselves as German, at 20 per cent. Immigrants make up
about seven per cent of the population, while aboriginals make up fewer than
two per cent of residents.
This riding's Conservative roots run deep. Incumbent Leonard Mitzel won his seat in 2004 with more than double the number of votes his Liberal challenger Stuart Angle garnered, 4,628 to 2,222. Mitzel's predecessor Lorne Taylor held on to the riding for more than a decade. Taylor, who at one time served as Alberta's environment minister, won the seat in 1993 when he defeated Liberal Lloyd Robinson by more than 1,200 votes. Four years later, his margin over Beverley
Britton Clarke, also a Liberal, was nearly three times greater. The two
were rematched in 2001, and Taylor won by more than 5,000 votes. He did not run in the 2004 election.
Before 1993, most of this riding's voters were
in the old Cypress-Redcliff riding. That seat was occupied by Tory Alan
Hyland from 1975-93.
In 2004, the voter turnout was 38.2 per cent.
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