DISTRICT: FOOTHILLS-ROCKY VIEW
|Ricardo De Menezes
|Updated: Mar. 4, 2008 12:02 MST
||67 of 67 polls reporting
FOOTHILLS-ROCKY VIEW (53)
Current MLA: Ted Morton (PC)
||Ricardo de Menezes
This southern Alberta riding surrounds the western half of Calgary, running
from Madden in the north to Turner Valley in the south. Other communities
include Crossfield and Black Diamond. The riding was cobbled together
in the 2004 redistribution by merging portions of the Airdrie-Rockyview,
Banff-Cochrane and Highwood ridings.
This is Alberta's most moneyed riding, with average household incomes
of $114,308, and barely three per cent of residents considered low income.
Housing values average $372,356. Professional services and construction
are the major employers. A little more than 58 per cent of residents here
are Alberta-born, while about 12 per cent are immigrants.
In 2004, Conservative Ted Morton, the current minister of sustainable resource development, won this seat when he received 6,782 votes to beat Liberal Herb Coburn's 1,956. It's not a surprising result as most of the voters here were formerly part of Airdrie-Rockyview and Highwood, which has been mainly Tory territory.
In 2004, voter turnout was 50.5 per cent.
In Airdrie-Rockyview, voters have been represented by the Tories for the past
three decades, except for the winter of 1992-93, when a byelection brought
Liberal Don MacDonald to office. Then, in the 1993 general election, incumbent
Carol Haley unseated MacDonald by 1,883 votes. Haley beat Liberal Jim
Welsh by more than 6,000 votes in 1997, and in 2001 she won over Carol
L'Abbee, a Liberal, by more than 11,000 votes. After the 2004 riding redistribution, Haley ran in Airdrie-Chestermere that year and won. She beat Liberal John Burke by 5,209 votes.
In 2001, voter turnout in Airdire-Rockyview was 54.1 per cent.
In Highwood, Tories have dominated since 1975. In 2004, incumbent Conservative George Groeneveld won the seat with a hefty 5,340-vote lead over Liberal challenger Lori Czerwinski. Before Groeneveld, Tory Don Tannas had
been elected four times with consistently wide margins. In his first bid for
a seat in 1989, he defeated Liberal Don Dearle by more than 3,000 votes.
Rusti-Ann Blanke, also a Liberal, lost by almost 5,000 votes in 1993.
Four years later, the Liberal's Howard Paulsen lost to Tannas by 7,607
votes, and in 2001 Tannas' margin over Liberal Leonard Borowski was 11,321
votes. He did not run in the 2004 election.
In 2004, voter turnout was 45.2 per cent.
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