ALBERTA VOTES 2008

Riding Profiles

DISTRICT: LETHBRIDGE-EAST
Candidate Party Vote Count Vote Share Elected
Bridget Pastoor LIB 5,583 46.43% X
Jason Herasemluk PC 4,716 39.22%
Grant Shaw WAP 748 6.22%
Tom Moffatt NDP 686 5.70%
Helen McMenamin GRN 292 2.43%
Updated: Mar. 4, 2008 12:02 MST 78 of 78 polls reporting
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LETHBRIDGE-EAST (64)


Current MLA: Bridget A. Pastoor (LIB)

Candidates:
PC Jason Herasemluk
LIB Bridget Pastoor
NDP Tom Moffatt
WAP Grant Shaw
GRN Helen McMenamin
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Riding Profile:

Lethbridge East comprises the east half of the city of Lethbridge. The municipal boundaries form the riding's border to the north, east and south. To the west this riding is separated from Lethbridge West mostly by 13th Street. In the 2004 redistribution, voters living between 13th Street in the west, Mayor Magrath Drive in the east, the C.P.R. line in the north and 10th Avenue in the south were shifted into Lethbridge-East.

With almost 18 per cent of this riding's population over the age of 65, Lethbridge East has the second most seniors in Alberta. Among residents of working age, retail is the biggest employer, followed by health and social services. Incomes are about $53,000 for the average household, well below the Alberta average, and 11 per cent of residents are considered low income, which is slightly above average. More than 62 per cent were born in Alberta, while 13 per cent are immigrants. (2001 census)


Political History:

In the past four provincial elections, Lethbridge -East has gone Liberal. In 2004, Bridget Pastoor won the seat with 5,338 votes. Conservative challenger Rod Fong trailed in second place with 4,703 votes.

Before Pastoor, former Liberal party leader Ken Nichol was elected three times. Nichol took office in 1993 after defeating Tory Pat Bunn by 1,022 votes. In 1997, he beat the PC's Leah Waters by 3,765 votes. His 2001 win over Tory Ron Carroll was by a 2,235-vote margin. In 2004, Nicol left provincial politics to run federally, and was beaten by the Conservative incumbent. Nicol's predecessor in the riding was Tory Dick Johnson, who served from 1975-93 and held a variety of cabinet positions, enjoying wide electoral margins.

In 2004, voter turnout was 48.4 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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