|Updated: Mar. 4, 2008 12:02 MST
||60 of 60 polls reporting
Current MLA: David Coutts (PC)
Near Alberta's southwest corner, Livingstone-Macleod runs from the peaks
along the B.C. border to Lethbridge's eastern city limits, and from Waterton
Lakes National Park in the south to the Nanton area in the north. In the
2004 redistribution the riding lost a small southern section between the
Belly and Waterton Rivers, including the communities of Glenwood and Hillspring,
and gained what used to be the southern end of Highwood, including Nanton,
Stavely and Parkland. Other communities here include Fort Macleod, Claresholm,
Crowsnest Pass, Granum and Pincher Creek. The riding is home to the Oldman
River Dam and the Peigan First Nation.
Almost 20 per cent of the riding's residents are aboriginal. Almost 74
per cent of residents were born in Alberta, while another eight per cent
are immigrants. The average household income is $46,972. Government transfer
payments generate one-sixth of the local income - more than in any other
riding. Agriculture provides the most jobs, followed by health and social
services. (2001 census)
Voters in this area have gone Tory for the past three decades. Incumbent
and former Government Services Minister David Coutts was elected in 1993 in the
old riding of Pincher Creek-Macleod. That year, and in the two elections that followed,
his opponent was Liberal Ernie Patterson. Patterson lost by 612 votes
in 1993, 1,413 votes in 1997, and by a 2-1 margin in 2001. In 2004, Coutts defeated Liberal Craig Whitehead by 2.5-1 margin.
Prior to 1993,
many of the voters in this riding were in the old ridings of Macleod and
Pincher Creek-Crowsnest. The former riding elected PC Leroy Fjordbotten
from 1979-93; the latter was served by Fred Bradley from 1975-93. Both
men spent time in cabinet.
In 2004, voter turnout was 44.9 per cent.
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