ALBERTA VOTES 2008

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DISTRICT: FORT MCMURRAY-WOOD BUFFALO
Candidate Party Vote Count Vote Share Elected
Guy Boutilier PC 4,534 63.54% X
Ross Jacobs LIB 1,751 24.54%
Mel Kraley NDP 550 7.71%
Reginald Normore GRN 301 4.22%
Updated: Mar. 4, 2008 12:02 MST 71 of 71 polls reporting
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FORT McMURRAY-WOOD BUFFALO (54)


Current MLA: Guy Boutilier (PC)

Candidates:
PC Guy Boutilier
LIB Ross Jacobs
NDP Mel Kraley
GRN Reginald Normore
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Riding Profile:

Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo sits in the northeast, stretching 500 kilometres along the Saskatchewan border and 300 kilometres along the boundary with the Northwest Territories. The riding now takes in the pre-2004 redistribution riding of Fort McMurray, much of the old riding of Athabasca-Wabasca, and the part of the old Lesser Slave Lake riding that was in Wood Buffalo National Park. In addition to the park, the new riding contains much of Lake Athabasca and the Athabasca, Peace and Slave Rivers. Other than Fort McMurray, about the only other community is the aboriginal village of Fort Chipewyan in the far north. This riding's population, at 42,617, is the highest in Alberta.

North of Fort McMurray are the famous oil sands, the big industry here. They, and related construction work, account for some of the province's highest household incomes at $99,227 on average. Fewer than six per cent of residents are low income, and government transfer payments account for 3.4 per cent of the money that goes into people's wallets. The population is very young, with the fewest seniors — 1.8 per cent — of any riding. One in 12 residents is an immigrant, and one in seven is aboriginal. In the riding, 44 per cent are Alberta-born.


Political History:

The old Fort McMurray riding has been largely Tory since 1986. The incumbent, Minister of International, Intergovernmental and Aboriginal Relations Guy Boutilier, has held this seat for a decade. He was first elected in 1997, beating Liberal John Vyboh by 1,412 votes. In 2001, Boutilier and Vyboh squared off again, the margin this time being 4,000 votes. In 2004, Boutilier beat Liberal challenger Russell Collico by 2,631 votes; a margin of 2-1.

From 1986-93, Tory Norm Weiss was the MLA here, winning two elections against the NDP's Ann Dort-Maclean. Weiss occupied several cabinet spots during his two terms. In 1993, Liberal Adam Germain beat out the Tories' Connie MacRae by 1,523 votes, but declined to run again in the next election.

In 2004, voter turnout was 26.4 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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