262 Medicine Hat
The riding of Medicine Hat is in Alberta's southeast corner, bordered on the south by the U.S. and on the east by Saskatchewan. The Red Deer River forms most of the northern boundary.
The 2001 census counted 105,009 residents, of whom almost half live in the city of Medicine Hat. Other population centres include Brooks, Redcliff and Taber. About nine per cent of residents are immigrants, while 17 per cent are of German extraction.
Agriculture accounts for a major part of the local economy, along with
a significant natural-gas sector. Unemployment is just 4.6 per cent. Average
family income in 2001 was $61,428.
This riding was established in 1907 and changed very little in the 1996
and 2004 redistributions.
For the past four terms, Medicine Hat has been Monte Solberg's riding.
He won the seat by almost 14,000 votes in 1993, running under the Reform
banner. His 1997 win was by 16,682 votes, and his 2000 victory was by
a margin of 26,742 votes. In 2004, Solberg defeated Liberal Bill Cocks
by 25,910 votes.
From 1972 to 1993 Progressive Conservatives Bert Hargrave and Bob Porter
held this seat. For the 50 years prior to that it was dominated by the
Liberal and Social Credit parties.
1925, 1926, 1930 - LIB
1935 - SC
1940 - LIB
1945-57 inclusive - SC
1958 - PC
1962, 1963, 1965 - SC
1968 - LIB
1972-88 inclusive - PC
1993, 1997 - REF
2000 - CA
2004 - CON
Party: Conservative Party of Canada
Birth Date: Sept. 17, 1958
Birthplace: Calgary, Alta.
Education: Took courses at the University of Saskatchewan and Athabasca University
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Debbie
Children: Two - Matthew and Michael
Career Background: Was a broadcaster for 17 years. He was general manager of Q13 Radio, in Brooks, Alta., and director of the Alberta Association of Broadcasters.
Party: Member of the Reform party since 1988; was a member of the 1990 task force on the reform of provincial politics in Alberta; past director of the local riding association.
Federal: Elected in Medicine Hat in 1993, 1997, 2000 and 2004
Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Committee: Former vice-chair: Foreign Affairs and International Trade; Human Resources Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities. Former member: Canadian Heritage; Finance; Foreign Affairs and International Trade; Human Resources Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities; Vice-chair: Finance.
Caucus: Former deputy Finance critic. Former Reform/Canadian Alliance critic for: Finance; Foreign Affairs; Revenue Canada; Human Resources Development. Became the Conservative party's Finance critic in January 2004. Member of Pro-Life Caucus.
24-419 3rd St. SE
Medicine Hat, Alta.
Room 112 Confed Building
House of Commons
Party: The Green Party of Canada
Education: Graduate of Medicine Hat College in the Business Administration program
Career Background: Works in the publishing industry. A consultant, currently involved with perma-cultural design regarding self-contained homes and food production.
Federal: Defeated in Medicine Hat in 2004
Party: Liberal Party of Canada
Education: Has a master of art and curriculum from Gonzaga University in Spokane; a bachelor of nursing from the University of Lethbridge; and a registered nurse diploma from the Edmonton General Hospital School of Nursing.
Career Background: Recently retired from the Palliser Health Region, where she was a Nursing Supervisor at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital. Held a number of positions at the local, regional and provincial level of the Alberta Association of Registered Nurses, including Provincial Councillor, South District Representative and Chair of the Provincial Nursing Committee.
Community Activities: Is a member of the Convention Planning Committee of the Canadian Nursing Association, a board member of the Alberta Lung Association, and a board member of the Medicine Hat Firehall Theatre Society. Is a performer with the Medicine Hat Musical Theatre and a national board member of the Canada Volunteerism Initiative. Is an active member of her faith community, St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church.
Party: New Democratic Party
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Sharon
Children: Two sons
Career Background: Retired educator with many years of experience working with students with special needs. Was the Assistant
Superintendent of a small rural school jurisdiction. Part-time consultant on matters related to students with special needs
Community Activities: Has served on a number of community-based advisory and management boards, most recently as Vice-Chairperson
of the Medicine Hat Public Library Board. Secretary-Treasurer of Canadians Reaching Out to the World's Children Foundation (CARO),
which supports orphanages in Romania and Burkina Faso
Party: Has been a New Democrat activist for 25 years
Federal: This election is his third, as a candidate