DISTRICT: ST. ALBERT
|Updated: Mar. 4, 2008 12:02 MST
||84 of 84 polls reporting
ST. ALBERT (76)
Current MLA: Jack Flaherty (LIB)
This tiny riding, consisting of most of the City of St. Albert, is on
Edmonton's northwestern edge. It's bordered on the south and east by
the Edmonton city limits, and is separated from the riding of Spruce
Grove-Sturgeon-St. Albert by McKenny Avenue and St. Albert Trail.
Household incomes are $82,983 on average, which is well above the provincial
norm. Just over six per cent of residents are low income. Retail is
the biggest employer, followed by health and social services. Almost
60 per cent of the population was born in Alberta, while another 11
per cent are immigrants. (2001 census)
St. Albert has been all over the political map. Tories held this seat
from 1971-86, at which time New Democrat Bryan Strong defeated incumbent
Myrna Fyfe by 120 votes. Strong didn't run in 1989, but Tory Dick Fowler
did, beating Liberal Len Bracko by 2,300 votes. Despite his wide margin
of victory and his cabinet position, Fowler lost to Bracko four years
later. In 1997, Bracko was ousted by one of the narrowest margins in
modern Alberta politics, losing to Tory Mary O'Neill by 16 votes. O'Neill
won again in 2001, beating Bracko by more than 2,000 votes. But in 2004, O'Neill was unseated by Liberal Jack Flaherty, who garnered 414 more votes.
In 2004, voter turnout was 52.7 per cent.
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