ALBERTA VOTES 2008

Riding Profiles

DISTRICT: GRANDE PRAIRIE-WAPITI
Candidate Party Vote Count Vote Share Elected
Wayne Drysdale PC 5,247 66.81% X
Augustine Ebinu LIB 1,318 16.78%
Manuela Campbell NDP 843 10.73%
Art Proctor GRN 446 5.68%
Updated: Mar. 4, 2008 12:02 MST 70 of 70 polls reporting
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GRANDE PRAIRIE-WAPITI (57)


Current MLA: Gordon Graydon (PC)

Candidates:
PC Wayne Drysdale
LIB Augustine Ebinu
NDP Manuela Campbell
GRN Art Proctor
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Riding Profile:

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.


Political History:

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.

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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