Dunvegan (electoral district)

Dunvegan was a provincial electoral district in Alberta, Canada, mandated to return a single member to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta using the first past the post method of voting from 1959 to 1971, and again from 1986 to 2004.[1]

Dunvegan
Alberta electoral district
Defunct provincial electoral district
LegislatureLegislative Assembly of Alberta
District created1959
District abolished1971
District re-created1986
District re-abolished2004
First contested1959
Last contested2001

The seat for Dunvegan in the Leglislative Assembly was held by the governing party for every year it existed. The riding was named for the small community of Dunvegan, once home to a fur trade post, and now the site of a provincial park and historic site.

HistoryEdit

Boundary historyEdit

The first riding named Dunvegan was created out of the western half of Peace River in 1959. It was bounded on the south by the Peace River and extended north to the Northwest Territories border, containing the entire northwest corner of Alberta.[2] When it was abolished in 1971, the north section of the riding was transferred back to Peace River, and the southern two-thirds of the riding, along with the northern half of Spirit River, became Spirit River-Fairview.

In 1986 Dunvegan was re-created, replacing all of Spirit River-Fairview and a small part of Smoky River. In 1993 it absorbed another part of Smoky River (including the community of Falher) as well as a small part of Peace River (including Grimshaw).

The Dunvegan electoral district was dissolved in the 2003 electoral boundary re-distribution, and replaced by the Dunvegan-Central Peace electoral district for the 2004 Alberta general election with no changes to the district's boundaries.[3]

Representation historyEdit

Members of the Legislative Assembly for Dunvegan
Assembly Years Member Party
See Peace River 1905-1959
14th 1959-1963 Joseph Scruggs Social Credit
15th 1963-1967 Ernest Lee
16th 1967-1971
See Spirit River-Fairview 1971-1986
22nd 1986-1989 Glen Clegg Progressive
Conservative
23rd 1989-1993
24th 1993-1997
25th 1997-2001
26th 2001-2004 Hector Goudreau
See Dunvegan-Central Peace 2004-2012

The first MLA for Dunvegan was Joseph Scruggs, who narrowly picked the riding up for the governing Social Credit. He did not run for re-election in 1963, but Ernest Lee held the riding for the government for two more terms.

The riding was then replaced by Spirit River-Fairview, which was picked up by New Democrat leader Grant Notley, who held that riding almost until it was replaced by Dunvegan in 1986.

In that election, the governing Progressive Conservatives would win the riding for the first time, despite an NDP surge elsewhere in the province. MLA Glen Clegg represented the area for five terms, retiring in 2001.

PC candidate Hector Goudreau would hold the riding for the government in its final term, and went on to represent Dunvegan-Central Peace for both terms it existed, as well as Dunvegan-Central Peace-Notley until 2015.

Election resultsEdit

1950sEdit

1959 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Social Credit Joseph M. Scruggs 1,080 38.96%
Progressive Conservative Bennidict V. Griep 661 23.85%
Liberal Steven P. Tachit 648 23.38%
Co-operative Commonwealth Floyd Albin Johnson 383 13.82%
Total 2,772
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 17
Eligible electors / Turnout 3,551 78.54%
Social Credit pickup new district.
Source(s)
Source: "Dunvegan Official Results 1959 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.

1960sEdit

1963 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Social Credit Ernest Leonard Lee 1,306 52.66% 13.70%
Liberal M.H. (Milt) Connery 849 34.23% 10.86%
New Democratic Roy Farran 325 13.10% -0.72%
Total 2,480
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 10
Eligible electors / Turnout 3,790 65.70%
Social Credit hold Swing 1.66%
Source(s)
Source: "Dunvegan Official Results 1963 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.
NDP swing is compared to the CCF result in 1959.
1967 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Social Credit Ernest Leonard Lee 1,280 44.03% -8.63%
New Democratic Phil Thompson 1,080 37.15% 24.05%
Coalition John A. Hammond 547 18.82% -11.38%
Total 2,907
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 176
Eligible electors / Turnout 10,991 28.05%
Social Credit hold Swing -5.77%
Source(s)
Source: "Dunvegan Official Results 1967 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.
Liberal-PC Coalition swing is compared to the Liberal result in 1963.

1980sEdit

1986 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Glen Clegg 4,146 51.25% 21.32%
New Democratic Jim Gurnett 3,944 48.75% 12.06%
Total 8,090
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 32
Eligible electors / Turnout 11,213 72.43%
Progressive Conservative pickup new district.
Source(s)
Source: "Dunvegan Official Results 1986 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.
The 1986 swing is calculated from the 1984 by-election in Spirit River-Fairview, which had similar boundaries and which was won by Gurnett.
1989 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Glen Clegg 4,049 56.22% 4.97%
New Democratic Jim Gurnett 2,603 36.14% -12.61%
Liberal R. Gerald Eherer 550 7.64%
Total 7,202
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 13
Eligible electors / Turnout 10,507 68.67%
Progressive Conservative hold Swing 8.79%
Source(s)
Source: "Dunvegan Official Results 1989 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.

1990sEdit

1993 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Glen Clegg 4,650 46.05% -10.17%
Liberal Hartmann Nagel 4,347 43.05% 35.41%
New Democratic Sheila Maxwell-Marks 1,100 10.89% -25.25%
Total 10,097
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 35
Eligible electors / Turnout 16,275 62.25%
Progressive Conservative hold Swing -8.54%
Source(s)
Source: "Dunvegan Official Results 1993 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.
1997 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Glen Clegg 5,149 54.64% 8.59%
Liberal Fred Trotter 3,314 35.17% 7.88%
New Democratic Marg McCuaig-Boyd 961 10.20% -0.69%
Total 9,424
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 14
Eligible electors / Turnout 16,061 58.76%
Progressive Conservative hold Swing 8.24%
Source(s)
Source: "Dunvegan Official Results 1997 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.

2000sEdit

2001 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Hector Goudreau 5,857 67.25% 12.61%
Liberal Bruce Rutley 1,888 21.68% -13.49%
New Democratic Yvonne Sinkevich 508 5.83% -4.37%
Alberta Independence Ron (Earl) Miller 248 2.85%
Independent Fred Euler 208 2.39%
Total 8,709
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 30
Eligible electors / Turnout 15,907 54.94%
Progressive Conservative hold Swing 13.05%
Source(s)
Source: "Dunvegan Official Results 2001 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.
Ron (Earl) Miller was listed as an Independent, but represented the Independence Party of Alberta

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Election results for Dunvegan". abheritage.ca. Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved 22 May 2020.
  2. ^ "Alberta Heritage Foundation: Constituency Map for the year of 1959". Archived from the original on 2010-12-08. Retrieved 2016-08-30.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  3. ^ Alberta Electoral Boundaries Commission (February 2003). "Proposed Electoral Division Areas, Boundaries, and Names for Alberta. Final Report to the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta". Legislative Assembly of Alberta. Retrieved May 29, 2020.

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