|Updated: Mar. 4, 2008 12:02 MST
||78 of 78 polls reporting
Current MLA: Bridget A. Pastoor (LIB)
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)
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.
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