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DISTRICT: Medicine Hat
CandidatePartyVote CountVote ShareElected
Monte SolbergCON3567079.71% X
Bev BotterLIB37378.35%
Wally RegehrNDP35988.04%
Kevin DoddGRN17463.9%
December 14, 2:04:38 PM EST 210 of 210 polls reporting

Ridings

262 Medicine Hat

2006 Candidates:
CON:Monte Solberg (Incumbent)
GRN:Kevin Dodd
LIB:Bev Botter
NDP:Wally Regehr


Riding Profile
 Riding Map
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.

Population: 105,009

Political History
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




CANDIDATE PROFILES

Monte Solberg

Party: Conservative Party of Canada

Birth Date: Sept. 17, 1958
Age: 47
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.

Political History
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.

Campaign Office:
24-419 3rd St. SE
Medicine Hat, Alta.
(403) 528-4698
conservative@thehat.ca

Capital Office:
Room 112 Confed Building
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ont.
(613) 992-4516



Kevin Dodd

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.

Electoral History
Federal: Defeated in Medicine Hat in 2004

Campaign Office:
(403) 544-3960
kdodd@greenparty.ca


Bev Botter

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.

Campaign Office:
(403) 526-2485
bbotter@telus.net



Wally Regehr

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

Political History
Party: Has been a New Democrat activist for 25 years
Provincial:
Federal: This election is his third, as a candidate

Campaign Office:
wallyregehr@ndp.ca




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ELECTION RESULTSDetails>
1241035129
Total Elected and Leading
CON124036.27%
LIB103030.23%
BQ51010.48%
NDP29017.48%
IND10.52%
OTH005.02%

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