DISTRICT: WHITECOURT-STE. ANNE
|Updated: Mar. 4, 2008 12:02 MST
||65 of 65 polls reporting
WHITECOURT-STE. ANNE (83)
Current MLA: George VanderBurg (PC)
This substantial central Alberta riding follows Highway 43 from Onoway
to west of Whitecourt, and covers a portion of the Yellowhead Highway
west from Evansberg. Communities include Whitecourt, Mayerthorpe and
Agriculture is the biggest employer, followed by oil-and-gas. Household
incomes are somewhat lower than the provincial average at $55,394. Fewer
than 10 per cent of residents are considered low income. Fewer than
30 per cent hold a college or university degree, the third-lowest rate
in Alberta, and 96 per cent speak predominantly English at home, the
third-highest rate in the province. More than 68 per cent were born
in Alberta, and nine per cent are aboriginal. (2001 census)
Conservative George Vanderburg has held this seat for two terms, since he was first elected in 2001 with 7,579 votes — more than Liberal Derril Butler and New Democrat Wade Franko combined. He was re-elected in 2004, garnering double the number of votes as Alberta Alliance candidate David Dow.
Before Vanderburg, Whitecourt-Ste. Anne was represented by one
of Alberta's longest-serving MLAs, Peter Trynchy. Trynchy, a Conservative,
first won office in 1971 in the old Whitecourt riding. Over the decades
he headed various ministries before being dropped from cabinet in 1994
following an ethics scandal. In the 1993 election he'd beaten Liberal
Jurgen Preugschas by 1,290 votes, and in 1997 he defeated Sara Lynn
Burrough of the Liberals by 2,805 votes. His successor, and the PC incumbent,
George VanderBurg, won the 2001 election by more than 4,500 votes over
Liberal Derril Butler.
In 2004, voter turnout was 46.8 per cent.
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