|Updated: Mar. 4, 2008 12:02 MST
||69 of 69 polls reporting
Current MLA: LeRoy Johnson (PC)
This central Alberta riding includes the communities of Wetaskiwin,
Camrose and Millet. The riding saw its boundaries altered somewhat in
the 2004 redistribution: in the east it now extends only to Highway
834, while in the south it now includes the Samson and Montana First
Nations. Communities include Millet, Camrose and Wetaskiwin.
With an average household income of $47,111, this is one of Alberta's
poorest ridings. The percentage of low-income residents, at 10.5, is
the provincial norm. Almost 16 per cent of the money here comes from
government transfer payments. Retail and health and social services
are the major employers. Nearly three-quarters of the population are
Alberta-born, while fewer than six per cent are immigrants. Aboriginal
peoples number 14 per cent of residents. (2001 census)
This riding has been good to Tories for the past three decades. The
incumbent, LeRoy Johnson, won his seat in 1997 by beating New Democrat
Rick Jantz by more than 5,000 votes. In 2001, he garnered nearly six
times the votes of both Liberal Stewart Larkin and New Democrat Philip
Penrod. In 2004, Johnson defeated Liberal Keith Elliott by 3,464 votes.
Before Johnson, Tory Ken Rostad was the MLA here, serving from
1986-97 and holding several jobs in cabinet. Gordon Stromberg of the
Tories was MLA from 1971-86.
In 2004, voter turnout was 46.9 per cent.
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