|Updated: Mar. 4, 2008 12:02 MST
||71 of 71 polls reporting
Current MLA: Lyle Oberg (PC)
Strathmore-Brooks, in south-central Alberta, is bordered on the northeast
by the Red Deer River and on much of the south by the Bow River. In
the 2004 redistribution, the Siksika First Nation moved from the riding
to Little Bow, and the riding was stretched north to include the communities
of Rockyford and Rosebud. Other communities here are Bassano, Brooks,
Strathmore, Gleichen, Hussar and Standard.
Agriculture is the main industry in Strathmore-Brooks, with manufacturing
in second place. Household incomes, at $60,538, are slightly below the
Alberta average, with seven per cent of residents considered low income.
About 61 per cent of residents were born in Alberta, while nearly eight
per cent are immigrants. Twelve per cent of the population is of German
origin. (2001 census)
Voters in Strathmore-Brooks have gone with the Conservatives for the
past two decades. The incumbent, Finance Minister Lyle Oberg, earned
his seat in 1993 by beating Liberal Peter Hansen by 2,979 votes. In
1997, his challenger was Liberal Roger Nelson, who lost by almost 6,000
votes. In 2001, Oberg defeated Liberal Barry Morishita by almost 7,000
votes. And in 2004, Oberg defeated Liberal Carrol Jaques by about 4,738 votes — a 5-1 margin.
Oberg's predecessors in the old Bow Valley riding were the Social
Credit party's Fred Mandeville (1971-82) and Tory Tom Musgrove (1982-93).
In 2004, voter turnout was 36.2 per cent.
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