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Results

Yellowhead
Party Candidate Votes Status
272/272 polls Updated: May. 3, 2011 3:40 AM EDT
CON Rob Merrifield 31,780 Elected
NDP Mark Wells 5,383
GRN Monika Schaefer 2,123
LIB Zack Siezmagraff 1,180
CHP Jacob Strydhorst 402
CAP Melissa Brade 371
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Riding Info

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This large rural riding is in west-central Alberta, reaching from B.C. almost to Edmonton, and bordered on the southwest by the Brazeau River. Jasper National Park is in the southwest corner and communities include Jasper, Hinton, Edson, Whitecourt, Drayton Valley and Barrhead.

Created in 1976, the Yellowhead riding was only slightly altered in the 2004 redistribution. About one per cent of the residents found themselves removed from the riding, while 1,789 were added from St. Albert, 1,145 from Red Deer and 135 from Athabaska.

Population: 103,111 (2006 census; an increase of 5.2% since 2001)

Political History

In 2008, Conservative Rob Merrifield won his fourth term, defeating NDP candidate Ken Kuzminski by 22,296 votes. In 2006, he defeated NDP candidate Noel Lapierre and Liberal Nancy Love. In the previous election, Merrifield defeated Liberal Peter Crossly. Merrifield was elected as a Canadian Alliance member in 2000 and as a Conservative in 2004.

Between 1958 and 1993, this riding went to the Tories in all but one election. Beginning in 1972, Joe Clark was MP for 21 years, including during his term as prime minister. In 1988, Clark fended off Reform Leader Preston Manning, but Cliff Breitkreuz of Reform won in 1993 and 1997.

  • 1979-88 inclusive - PC
  • 1993, 1997 - REF
  • 2000 - CA
  • 2004, 2006, 2008 - CON

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Demographics

Ethnic Origin

Ethnic Origin
Ethnic Origin
Region Percentage
British Isles 50.05% (51,155)
French 15.22% (15,555)
Aboriginal 12.77% (13,055)
American 1.72% (1,755)
Canadian 24.66% (25,210)
Caribbean 0.09% (95)
Latin, Central, South 0.28% (285)
Western European 31.97% (32,680)
Northern European 11.52% (11,780)
Eastern European 19.14% (19,565)
S European 2.69% (2,745)
Other European 0.36% (370)
Scandinavian 11.15% (11,400)
Baltic 0.34% (345)
Czech/Slovak 1.05% (1,075)
African 0.38% (390)
Arab 0.30% (310)
Maghrebi 0.00% (0)
West Asia 0.08% (80)
South Asia 0.22% (220)
East/SE Asia 1.24% (1,270)
Oceania 0.09% (95)
Pacific Islands 0.00% (0)
Statistics Canada Population: 102,215

Mother Tongue

Mother Tongue
Mother Tongue
Language Percentage
English 90% (91,425)
French 2% (2,115)
Algonquin 0% (0)
Atikamekw 0% (0)
Blackfoot 0% (0)
Carrier 0% (0)
Chilcotin 0% (0)
Chipewyan 0% (0)
Cree 1% (610)
Siouan languages (Dakota/Sioux) 0% (420)
Dene 0% (10)
Dogrib 0% (0)
Gitksan 0% (0)
Inuinnaqtun 0% (0)
Inuktitut, n.i.e. 0% (0)
Kutchin-Gwich'in (Loucheux) 0% (0)
Malecite 0% (0)
Mi'kmaq 0% (0)
Mohawk 0% (0)
Montagnais-Naskapi 0% (0)
Nisga'a 0% (0)
North Slave (Hare) 0% (0)
Ojibway 0% (180)
Oji-Cree 0% (0)
Shuswap 0% (0)
South Slave 0% (0)
Tlingit 0% (0)
Italian 0% (70)
Portuguese 0% (35)
Romanian 0% (30)
Spanish 0% (175)
Danish 0% (80)
Dutch 1% (815)
Flemish 0% (10)
Frisian 0% (30)
German 2% (2,325)
Norwegian 0% (15)
Swedish 0% (100)
Yiddish 0% (0)
Bosnian 0% (0)
Bulgarian 0% (0)
Croatian 0% (30)
Czech 0% (0)
Macedonian 0% (0)
Polish 0% (355)
Russian 0% (40)
Serbian 0% (20)
Serbo-Croatian 0% (10)
Slovak 0% (90)
Slovenian 0% (0)
Ukrainian 1% (920)
Latvian 0% (15)
Lithuanian 0% (15)
Estonian 0% (0)
Finnish 0% (40)
Hungarian 0% (80)
Greek 0% (110)
Armenian 0% (0)
Turkish 0% (0)
Amharic 0% (10)
Arabic 0% (85)
Hebrew 0% (10)
Maltese 0% (0)
Somali 0% (0)
Tigrigna 0% (0)
Bengali 0% (0)
Gujarati 0% (10)
Hindi 0% (10)
Kurdish 0% (0)
Panjabi (Punjabi) 0% (30)
Pashto 0% (35)
Persian (Farsi) 0% (0)
Sindhi 0% (0)
Sinhala (Sinhalese) 0% (0)
Urdu 0% (0)
Malayalam 0% (0)
Tamil 0% (0)
Telugu 0% (0)
Japanese 0% (35)
Korean 0% (100)
Cantonese 0% (60)
Chinese, n.o.s. 0% (270)
Mandarin 0% (30)
Taiwanese 0% (0)
Lao 0% (0)
Khmer (Cambodian) 0% (0)
Vietnamese 0% (55)
Bisayan languages 0% (15)
Ilocano 0% (0)
Malay 0% (10)
Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino) 0% (225)
Akan (Twi) 0% (0)
Swahili 0% (0)
Creoles 0% (0)
Statistics Canada Population (Single Responses): 101,525

Industry

Industry
Industry
Industry Percentage
Agriculture 0.59
Mining 0.25
Utilities 0.75
Construction 5.92
Manufacturing 0.00
Wholesale 5.57
Retail 11.52
Transport 5.17
Info Culture 3.66
Finance Insurance 4.72
Real Estate 2.36
ProSciTech 8.91
Management 0.13
Waste/Remediation 5.34
Education 5.68
Heath/Social Assistance 9.60
Arts/Entertainment 1.88
Hospitality 0.00
Other Services 5.33
Public Admin 3.90
Statistics Canada Population (Total labour force): 65,235

Overall

Unemployment Rate
4.8%
Provincial
4.3%
National
6.6%
Seniors
10.11%
Provincial
10.74%%
National
13.71%%
Home Owners
29.08%
Provincial
27.90%%
National
26.92%%
Avg Family Income
$86,623
Provincial
$98,240
National
$82,325
Immigration
6%
Provincial
16%
National
20%
Post-Secondary Degree
26.70%
Provincial
33.20%
National
33.35%
Source: Statistics Canada, 2006 Census

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Candidate Info

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CAP – Melissa Brade

CHP – Jacob Strydhorst

CON – Rob Merrifield

GRN – Monika Schaefer

LIB – Zack Siezmagraff

NDP – Mark Wells

Melissa Brade

Party: Canadian Action Party

Contact Information:

Website

780-800-5425

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Jacob Strydhorst

Party: Christian Heritage Party

Contact Information:

Website

780-674-4269

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Rob Merrifield

Rob Merrifield

Party: Conservative Party of Canada

Contact Information:

Website

Age:

57

Birthplace:

Mayerthorpe, Alta.

Marital Status:

Married to Brenda

Children:

Two - Chad, Scott

Profession:

Farmer

Political Career:

MUNICIPAL: 1998-2000 - Member of the council for Woodland County.

FEDERAL: Won in Yellowhead in 2000 as a Canadian Alliance candidate; won as a Conservative candidate in 2004, 2006, 2008.

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Monika Schaefer

Party: Green Party of Canada

Contact Information:

Website

Email

780-852-4608

Birthplace:

Edmonton

Children:

One daughter

Education:

B.Sc. (geography and geology) from University of Alberta, 1982.

Courses in environmental studies from the University of Waterloo

Political Career:

PROVINCIAL: Defeated in West Yellowhead in 2004.

FEDERAL: Defeated in Yellowhead in 2006, 2008.

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Zack Siezmagraff

Party: Liberal Party of Canada

Contact Information:

Website

Twitter

780-802-9467

#50, 10240 - 124 St. NW

Edmonton, Alta. T5N 3W6

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Mark Wells

Party: New Democratic Party of Canada

Contact Information:

Website

Facebook

Email

780-904-0688

Profession:

Communications

Education:

University of Alberta - BA, English, philosophy

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