Riding Profiles

Candidate Party Vote Count Vote Share Elected
Jack Hayden PC 6,989 68.91% X
Tom Dooley LIB 1,465 14.44%
Dave France WAP 1,060 10.45%
Amanda Bolton GRN 351 3.46%
Richard Bough NDP 277 2.73%
Updated: Mar. 4, 2008 12:02 MST 74 of 74 polls reporting
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Current MLA: Jack Hayden (PC)

PC Jack Hayden
LIB Tom Dooley
NDP Richard Bough
WAP Dave France
GRN Amanda Bolton
Riding Talk
Riding Profile:

Drumheller-Stettler is a large rural riding in the southeast of the province, bordering Saskatchewan on the east. The 2004 redistribution expanded the old riding of Drumheller-Chinook to encompass the eastern half of the old Lacombe-Stettler riding, to the south and east of Buffalo Lake. Communities affected include Stettler, Donalda, Botha, Gadsby, Big Valley and Nevis. Other major communities in the riding are Drumheller, Hanna, Oyen and Brownfield.

Agriculture is the biggest industry here, although Dinosaur Provincial Park is a major tourist draw. Incomes are below the Alberta norm, at $51,904 for the average household, but fewer than nine per cent of residents are considered low income. More than 76 per cent of the population was born in Alberta, while 4.4 per cent are immigrants. People of German origin make up one-tenth of the population.

Political History:

The old riding of Drumheller-Chinook, and its forerunners, the individual ridings of Drumheller and Chinook, have supported Tories since the 1970s. Incumbent Jack Hayden won the seat in the June 12, 2007 byelection, defeating Liberal Tom Dooley by an almost 5-1 vote margin. Hayden's predecessor, Shirley McClellan, held the seat for 20 years, during which time she served as deputy premier and agriculture minister. She was first elected in the Chinook riding in a 1987 byelection, defeating Jack Ramsay of the Western Canada Concept by 1,666 votes. Her election wins afterwards had wider margins. In 2001, she received about seven times the number of votes that runner-up, Liberal Greg Pyra, received. And in 2004, she defeated Alberta Alliance candidate Dave France by more than 5,000 votes. Her run as MLA ended on Jan. 11, 2007, when she submitted her resignation, saying she wanted to spend more time with her family.

McClellan's predecessor in Chinook was PC Henry Kroeger, who served from 1979 until his death in 1987. The Drumheller riding was also served by Tories Michael Clark (1979-86) and former MP Stan Schumacher (1986-97).

In 2007, voter turnout was 32.3 per cent.

2003 Results Interactive Map

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Overall Election Results
Party Elected Leading Total Vote Share
PC 72 0 72 52.66%
LIB 9 0 9 26.37%
NDP 2 0 2 8.52%
WAP 0 0 0 6.77%
GRN 0 0 0 4.58%
OTH 0 0 0 1.11%
  • Updated: Mar 4, 2008, 12:02 MST

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