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Crowfoot (electoral district)

Crowfoot was a federal electoral district in Alberta, Canada, that was represented in the House of Commons of Canada from 1968 to 2015.

Crowfoot
Alberta electoral district
Alberta federal ridings (rural) - Crowfoot.svg
Crowfoot in relation to the other Alberta ridings (2003 boundaries)
Defunct federal electoral district
LegislatureHouse of Commons
District created1966
District abolished2013
First contested1968
Last contested2011
District webpageprofile, map
Demographics
Population (2011)[1]125,481
Electors (2011)87,897
Area (km²)[2]42,810.46
Census divisionsDivision No. 5, Division No. 6, Division No. 7, Division No. 10
Census subdivisionsRocky View County, Camrose, Mountain View County, Strathmore, Chestermere, Wheatland County, Drumheller, Camrose County, Stettler, Kneehill County

It was located in the central part of the province, and is named in honour of Chief Crowfoot, leader of the Blackfoot First Nations in the 19th century.

Even by the standards of rural Alberta, Crowfoot was a strongly conservative riding. The major right-wing party of the day--Progressive Conservative (1968-1993), Reform (1993-2000), Canadian Alliance (2000-2003) and Conservative (after 2003)-- won every election in this riding, usually by some of the largest recorded margins in Canadian politics. As a measure of how conservative this riding is, Jack Horner, the riding's original member, crossed the floor to the Liberals in 1977, only to tumble to only 18 percent of the vote in 1979.

This electoral district was also home to the largest margin of victory in any federal riding in the 2004 and 2006 federal elections. Conservative candidate Kevin Sorenson won 37,649 votes, or 80.2% of the riding's total in 2004. This represented a difference of 34,034 votes, or 72.5%, from the candidate with the riding's second most votes, Liberal Adam Campbell who only received 3,615 votes, or 7.7% of the riding's votes. It was the riding with the highest Conservative vote in the 2004 and 2006 elections. In 2006, Sorenson increased his vote even further, to 43,009 votes, 82.5% of the total.

GeographyEdit

The district included the City of Camrose; the Town of Drumheller; the Municipal District of Acadia No. 34; Wheatland County; Kneehill County; Starland County; the County of Stettler No. 6; the County of Paintearth No. 18; Camrose County; and all of Alberta's three special areas (Nos. 2, 3 and 4).

HistoryEdit

This riding was created in 1966 from parts of Medicine Hat, Acadia, Bow River and Macleod ridings.

In 2003, parts of Wild Rose riding were added.

It was abolished in 2012. Most of the riding's eastern portion became Battle River—Crowfoot, with much of the western portion transferring to Bow River and Red Deer—Mountain View. Some outer western portions of the riding that had been annexed into Calgary joined Calgary Shepard and Calgary Forest Lawn.

Members of ParliamentEdit

Parliament Years Member Party
Crowfoot
Riding created from Medicine Hat, Acadia,
Bow River and Macleod
28th  1968–1972     Jack Horner Progressive Conservative
29th  1972–1974
30th  1974–1977
 1977–1979     Liberal
31st  1979–1980     Arnold Malone Progressive Conservative
32nd  1980–1984
33rd  1984–1988
34th  1988–1993
35th  1993–1997     Jack Ramsay Reform
36th  1997–2000
 2000–2000     Independent Canadian Alliance
 2000–2000     Independent
37th  2000–2003     Kevin Sorenson Alliance
 2003–2004     Conservative
38th  2004–2006
39th  2006–2008
40th  2008–2011
41st  2011–2015
Riding dissolved into Battle River—Crowfoot,
Bow River, Red Deer—Mountain View,
Calgary Shepard and Calgary Forest Lawn

Election resultsEdit

2011 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Conservative Kevin Sorenson 44,115 83.99 +1.95 $33,424
New Democratic Ellen Parker 4,805 9.15 +1.25 $10,007
Green Konrad Schellenberg 1,711 3.26 -2.71 $0
Liberal Omar Harb 1,224 2.33 -1.76 $4,589
Independent John C. Turner 463 0.88 $2,667
Christian Heritage Gerard Groenedijk 204 0.39
Total valid votes/Expense limit 52,522 100.00
Total rejected ballots 131 0.25 -0.02
Turnout 52,653 59.73 +5
Eligible voters 88,152
2008 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Conservative Kevin Sorenson 39,342 82.04 -0.52 $63,199
New Democratic Ellen Parker 3,783 7.90 +0.50 $5,585
Green Kaitlin Kettenbach 2,875 5.97 +1.49
Liberal Sharon Howe 1,958 4.09 -1.47 $1,397
Total valid votes/Expense limit 47,958 100.00 $106,273
Total rejected ballots 127 0.26 -0.01
Turnout 48,085 55 -10
Conservative hold Swing -0.51
2006 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Conservative Kevin Sorenson 43,210 82.56 +2.36
New Democratic Ellen Parker 3,875 7.40 +0.50
Liberal Adam Campbell 2,908 5.56 -2.14
Green Cameron Wigmore 2,347 4.48 +0.66
Total valid votes 52,340 100.00
Total rejected ballots 142 0.27 +0.07
Turnout 52,482 65 +3
2004 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Conservative Kevin Sorenson 37,649 80.20 -4.51 $43,903
Liberal Adam Campbell 3,615 7.70 +1.51 $3,455
New Democratic Ellen Parker 3,241 6.90 +3.86 $2,514
Green Arnold Baker 1,795 3.82
Marijuana Max Leonard Cornelssen 639 1.36
Total valid votes 46,939 100.00
Total rejected ballots 89 0.19 -0.01
Turnout 47,028 62.36 -3.82

Note: Conservative vote is compared to the total of Progressive Conservative and Canadian Alliance vote in 2000.

2000 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Alliance Kevin Sorenson 33,767 70.55 -0.44 $44,001
Progressive Conservative Verlyn Olson 6,778 14.16 -1.34 $18,591
Liberal Orest Werezak 2,964 6.19 -3.52 $2,938
Independent Jack Ramsay 2,668 5.57 $18,085
New Democratic Jay Russell 1,457 3.04 -0.75 $788
Independent Valerie Morrow 223 0.46 $7,959
Total valid votes 47,857 100.00
Total rejected ballots 117 0.20 0.00
Turnout 47,974 66.18 +2.12

Note: Canadian Alliance vote is compared to the Reform vote in 1997.

1997 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Reform Jack Ramsay 30,589 70.99 +4.95 $48,007
Progressive Conservative Paul Marshall 6,679 15.50 -2.48 $18,052
Liberal Redford W. Peeples 4,185 9.71 -2.82 $5,178
New Democratic Bill Scotten 1,635 3.79 +1.39 $859
Total valid votes 43,088 100.00
Total rejected ballots 79 0.2
Turnout 43,167 64.06
1993 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Reform Jack Ramsay 23,550 66.04 +33.99
Progressive Conservative Brian Heidecker 6,411 17.98 -35.70
Liberal Darryl Sandford 4,468 12.53 +5.93
New Democratic Berend J. Wilting 857 2.40 -5.26
Natural Law Alan J. Livingston 260 0.73
Independent Anita Ashmore 113 0.32
Total valid votes 35,659 100.00
1988 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Arnold Malone 19,079 53.68 -24.15
Reform Jack Ramsay 11,392 32.05
New Democratic Fred Rappel 2,725 7.67 -1.67
Liberal Doug Moe 2,344 6.60 -0.76
Total valid votes 35,540 100.00
1984 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Arnold Malone 26,291 77.83 +1.22
New Democratic L. Gladys Creasy 3,153 9.33 +3.10
Liberal Vange MacNaughton 2,483 7.35 -8.18
Confederation of Regions Joe Domanski 1,559 4.62
Social Credit Arthur E. Robinson 294 0.87 -0.75
Total valid votes 33,780 100.00
1980 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Arnold Malone 23,491 76.61 -0.51
Liberal Jack Horner 4,761 15.53 -2.67
New Democratic Roger Milbrandt 1,912 6.24 +1.56
Social Credit Jim Green 498 1.62
Total valid votes 30,662 100.00
1979 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Arnold Malone 25,202 77.12 +1.62
Liberal Jack Horner 5,947 18.20 +3.65
New Democratic Roger Milbrandt 1,529 4.68 +0.20
Total valid votes 32,678 100.00
1974 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Jack Horner 18,048 75.51 -0.03
Liberal Ernest R. Patterson 3,477 14.55 +4.06
Social Credit Jim Green 1,307 5.47 -1.69
New Democratic Muriel McCreary 1,071 4.48 -2.34
Total valid votes 23,903 100.00
1972 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Jack Horner 18,667 75.54 +2.09
Liberal Andy McAlister 2,591 10.48 -10.80
Social Credit Jim Green 1,768 7.15
New Democratic Gloria Jean Ann Mcgowan 1,686 6.82 +1.55
Total valid votes 24,712 100.00
1968 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes %
Progressive Conservative Jack Horner 16,508 73.45
Liberal Noel Sharp 4,783 21.28
New Democratic Stuart McCready 1,185 5.27
Total valid votes 22,476 100.00

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • "(Code 48010) Census Profile". 2011 census. Statistics Canada. 2012. Retrieved 2011-03-06.
  • Riding history for Crowfoot from the Library of Parliament
  • 2011 results from Elections Canada
  • Expenditures - 2008
  • Expenditures - 2004
  • Expenditures - 2000
  • Expenditures - 1997

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