DISTRICT: DRAYTON VALLEY-CALMAR
|Updated: Mar. 4, 2008 12:02 MST
||67 of 67 polls reporting
DRAYTON VALLEY-CALMAR (51)
Current MLA: Tony Abbott (PC)
Drayton Valley-Calmar begins just before Leduc and reaches more than 150
kilometres to the west, past the Brazeau Reservoir. The boundaries are
similar to those before the 2004 redistribution, save for the addition
of a small segment of the old Ponoka-Rimbey riding, consisting of the
Louis Bull First Nation and the community of Hobbema. Other communities
in the riding include Drayton Valley, Calmar, Pipestone and Poplar Ridge.
With fewer than 30 per cent of residents holding a college or university
degree, this is arguably Alberta's least-educated riding. However, household
incomes, at $56,247 on average, aren't far below the provincial norm,
and the number of low-income residents is 7.6 per cent. Agriculture is
the main employer, followed by the oil and gas sector. Three-quarters
of the population was born in Alberta, while six per cent are immigrants.
More than eight per cent of residents are aboriginal.
Drayton Valley-Calmar has traditionally been a Tory riding. In 2004, the current conservative MLA Tony Abbott, defeated Liberal Laura Haggerty by a vote margin of almost 6-1. His 2001 victory was also decisive, beating Liberal Roger Coles by more than 5,000 votes. However, in October 2007, Abbott lost his nomination in the riding to Drayton Valley mayor Diana McQueen.
From 1993-2001, Tory Tom Thurber held this seat, twice
winning easily over Liberal challengers. Thurber had first been elected
in 1989, when the riding was called Drayton Valley. He was preceded in
that riding by Tories Rusty Zander (1971-79) and Shirley Cripps (1979-89).
In 2004, voter turnout was 46.1 per cent.
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