ALBERTA VOTES 2008

Riding Profiles

DISTRICT: MEDICINE HAT
Candidate Party Vote Count Vote Share Elected
Rob Renner PC 5,391 51.18% X
Karen Charlton LIB 3,626 34.43%
Clint Rabb WAP 747 7.09%
Diana Arnott NDP 483 4.59%
Karen Kraus GRN 286 2.72%
Updated: Mar. 4, 2008 12:02 MST 80 of 80 polls reporting
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MEDICINE HAT (68)


Current MLA: Rob Renner (PC)

Candidates:
PC Rob Renner
LIB Karen Charlton
NDP Diana Arnott
WAP Clint Rabb
GRN Karen Kraus
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Riding Profile:

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)


Political History:

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.

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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