DISTRICT: MEDICINE HAT
|Updated: Mar. 4, 2008 12:02 MST
||80 of 80 polls reporting
MEDICINE HAT (68)
Current MLA: Rob Renner (PC)
This riding in southeast Alberta, completely surrounded by the riding
of Cypress Hills-Medicine Hat, takes in much of the city of Medicine Hat.
The municipal boundaries form the north and west borders of the riding,
while the South Saskatchewan River forms the east border. To the south,
the border is formed by the South Saskatchewan River, the Trans-Canada
Highway and Carry Drive.
In Medicine Hat, retail provides more employment than any other job sector,
while the health and social services sector is number two. Household incomes,
at $49,359, are well below the Alberta average, and the number of residents
considered low income, at 11.5 per cent, is slightly above. Almost 16
per cent of residents say they're of German origin. About eight per cent
are immigrants. Fifty-four per cent say they were born in Alberta, a low
figure for a riding outside of Edmonton or Calgary. (2001 census)
Medicine Hat has been a PC riding since 1975. Incumbent Rob Renner was
elected in 1993 over Liberal Garth Vallely by 151 votes. In 1997, Renner
defeated Liberal Trevor Butts by 1,621 votes, and in 2001 he enjoyed a
4,000 vote win over Liberal Karen Charlton. In 2004, Renner again faced off with Charlton and won, but with a less decisive lead. Renner garnered 5,261 votes to Charlton's 3,419.
Renner's predecessor was Tory
Jim Horsman, who served from 1975-93, occupied numerous cabinet posts,
and for a time was deputy premier.
In 2004, voter turnout was 41.2 per cent.
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