|Updated: Mar. 4, 2008 12:02 MST
||74 of 74 polls reporting
Current MLA: Jack Hayden (PC)
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
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.
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.
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.
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