DISTRICT: GRANDE PRAIRIE-WAPITI
|Updated: Mar. 4, 2008 12:02 MST
||70 of 70 polls reporting
GRANDE PRAIRIE-WAPITI (57)
Current MLA: Gordon Graydon (PC)
Grande Prairie-Wapiti is sandwiched between the B.C. border in the west
and the Smoky River in the east. Bisecting the riding is the Wapiti River,
with agricultural land to the north and wilderness to the south. The southwestern
half of the community of Grande Prairie is here, as are Wembley and Beaverlodge.
Retail, construction, and the oil and gas sector are the biggest employers
here. Household incomes, at $68,296, are somewhat higher than the provincial
norm, while 7.5 per cent of residents are considered low income. Sixty-five
per cent of residents were born in-province, while fewer than six per
cent are immigrants. About 6.5 per cent of residents are aboriginal.
This riding has deep Tory roots. In 2004, incumbent Gordon Graydon racked up 4,346 votes, easily outpolling all four of his opponents combined. Liberal Cibylla Rakestraw was a distant second with 1,681 votes. Graydon had an equally decisive victory in 2001, when he defeated Liberal Ray Stitsen.
Tory Wayne Jacques was the MLA here from 1993-2001,
having easily defeated Stitsen in 1997 and edging out Liberal Dwight Logan
by 515 votes in 1993. Before that, when the riding was called Grande Prairie,
it was represented by Tories Winston Backus (1971-79), Elmer Borstad (1979-82)
and Bob Elliott (1982-93).
In 2004, voter turnout was 36.5 per cent.
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