Edmonton-Calder

Edmonton-Calder 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 1971 to 1993 and again from 1996 to 2019.[1]

Edmonton-Calder
Alberta electoral district
EdmontonCalder in Edmonton.jpg
2010 boundaries
District created1971
District abolished1993
District re-created1996
District re-abolished2019
First contested1971
Last contested2015

HistoryEdit

The first Edmonton-Calder electoral district was created in the 1971 boundary redistribution from the electoral districts of Edmonton North West and Edmonton North. It was abolished in 1993 to create parts Edmonton-Mayfield and Edmonton-Roper.

Calder was re-created in the same general area out of Mayfield and Roper in the 1996 boundary redistribution. The 2010 electoral boundary re-distribution lead to significant changes to the district, the northern boundaries were pushed from 137 Avenue to the Edmonton city limits between 127 Street and 184 Street into land that used to be part of Edmonton-Castle Downs. The south boundary which used to run along Stony Plain Road was pushed north to Yellowhead Trail ceding land to Edmonton-Meadowlark and Edmonton-Glenora.[2]

Edmonton-Calder was dissolved prior to the 2019 Alberta general election and re-distributed into Edmonton-City Centre, Edmonton-West Henday and Edmonton-North West electoral districts.

Boundary historyEdit

Electoral historyEdit

Members of the Legislative Assembly for Edmonton-Calder
Assembly Years Member Party
See Edmonton North West 1959–1971 and Edmonton North 1959–1971
17th 1971–1975 Tom Chambers Progressive Conservative
18th 1975–1979
19th 1979–1982
20th 1982–1986
21st 1986–1989 Christie Mjolsness NDP
22nd 1989–1993
See Edmonton-Mayfield 1993–1997 and Edmonton-Roper 1993–1997
24th 1997–2001 Lance White Liberal
25th 2001–2004 Brent Rathgeber Progressive Conservative
26th 2004–2008 David Eggen NDP
27th 2008–2012 Doug Elniski Progressive Conservative
28th 2012–2015 David Eggen NDP
29th 2015–2019
See Edmonton-City Centre, Edmonton-West Henday
and Edmonton-North West 2019–

The electoral district has existed twice since it was first created in 1971. The election held that year saw a hotly contested race between Social Credit incumbent Edgar Gerhart who had been MLA for the old electoral district of Edmonton Northwest and Progressive Conservative candidate Tom Chambers. On election night Chambers defeated Gerhart with just over 50% of the popular vote. His party went on to form its first government that election .

Chambers won his second term in 1975 with a landslide majority of almost 75% of the popular vote. He would be appointed to a cabinet portfolio in the government of Peter Lougheed in 1979. Chambers was re-elected twice more in 1979 and 1982 with shrinking majorities. He retired from office at dissolution in 1986.

The 1986 election was won by NDP candidate Christie Mjolsness. She had previously run against Chambers in the 1982 election and increased the percentage of her popular vote and won on the collapse of the Progressive Conservative vote despite losing raw popular vote. She was re-elected in 1989 in a hotly contested battle with Liberal candidate Lance White.

The riding was abolished in 1993 and redistricted to make Edmonton-Mayfield and Edmonton-Roper. Mjolsness would run for re-election in Roper and be defeated while White would run in Mayfield and be elected defeating incumbent Alex McEachern.

Calder would be re-created out of the two ridings in the 1996 boundary redistribution. White and McEachern would face each other for the second time with White coming out the victor. White would win just over 40% of the popular vote while McEachern finished in third place.

The riding would change hands in 2001 in a very closely contested election as Progressive Conservative candidate Brent Rathgeber defeated White with just over 40% of the popular vote. The NDP would return to office in the next election as NDP candidate David Eggen defeated Rathgeber by a close margin with just over 36% of the popular vote.

The 2008 election would see Eggen defeated by Progressive Conservative candidate Doug Elniski in another close race, with Elniski picking up 41% of the popular vote to Eggen's 40%. Elinski announced his retirement, and did not run again in the 2012 election.[4]

David Eggen was returned to office in the 2012 general election and in the 2015 general election. The 2012 election was another close race, with under 4% difference between Eggen and PC Bev Esslinger. During the 2015 election, Eggen was re-elected with over 70% of the popular vote, marking one of the best results for the provincial NDP in the province.

Legislature results 1971-1993Edit

1971 general electionEdit

1971 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Tom Chambers 5,931 52.23%
Social Credit Edgar Gerhart 3,653 32.17%
New Democratic Bill Glass 1,772 15.60%
Total 11,356
Rejected, spoiled and declined 48
Eligible electors / turnout 15,744 72.43%
Progressive Conservative pickup new district.
Source(s)
Source: "Edmonton-Calder Official Results 1971 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.

1975 general electionEdit

1975 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Tom Chambers 5,689 68.17% 15.94%
New Democratic Burke Barker 1,640 19.65% 4.05%
Liberal Jack Pickett 620 7.43%
Independent Keith Lawson 396 4.75%
Total 8,345
Rejected, spoiled and declined 26
Eligible electors / turnout 16,675 50.20% -22.23%
Progressive Conservative hold Swing 14.23%
Source(s)
Source: "Edmonton-Calder Official Results 1975 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.

1979 general electionEdit

1979 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Tom Chambers 5,205 58.47% -9.70%
New Democratic Bill Kobluk 2,180 24.49% 4.84%
Social Credit Dan R. Service 982 11.03%
Liberal Richard Guthrie 535 6.01% -1.42%
Total 8,902
Rejected, spoiled and declined 45
Eligible electors / turnout 19,483 45.69% -4.51%
Progressive Conservative hold Swing -7.27%
Source(s)
Source: "Edmonton-Calder Official Results 1979 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.

1982 general electionEdit

1982 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Tom Chambers 8,442 55.38% -3.09%
New Democratic Christie Mjolsness 5,527 36.26% 11.77%
Western Canada Concept Walter Stack 1,274 8.36%
Total 15,243
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 19
Eligible electors / Turnout 26,010 58.68% 12.99%
Progressive Conservative hold Swing -7.43%
Source(s)
Source: "Edmonton-Calder Official Results 1982 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.

1986 general electionEdit

1986 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
New Democratic Christie Mjolsness 5,114 50.70% 14.44%
Progressive Conservative Tony Falcone 2,910 28.85% -26.53%
Liberal Al Iafolla 1,925 19.09%
Western Canada Concept Dave Draginda 111 1.10% -7.26%
Communist Martin Robbert 26 0.26%
Total 10,086
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 11
Eligible electors / Turnout 22,153 45.58% -13.10%
New Democratic gain from Progressive Conservative Swing 1.36%
Source(s)
Source: "Edmonton-Calder Official Results 1986 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.

1989 general electionEdit

1989 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
New Democratic Christie Mjolsness 5,338 42.77% -7.94%
Liberal Lance White 4,435 35.53% 16.45%
Progressive Conservative Aldo De Luca 2,709 21.70% -7.15%
Total 12,482
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 23
Eligible electors / Turnout 22,714 55.05% 9.48%
New Democratic hold Swing -7.31%
Source(s)
Source: "Edmonton-Calder Official Results 1989 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.

Legislature results 1997-presentEdit

1997 general electionEdit

1997 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Lance White 4,802 40.31%
Progressive Conservative Lynn Faulder 3,860 32.40%
New Democratic Alex McEachern 3,250 27.28%
Total 11,912
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 31
Eligible electors / Turnout 22,317 53.52%
Liberal pickup new district.
Source(s)
Source: "Edmonton-Calder Official Results 1997 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.

2001 general electionEdit

2001 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Brent Rathgeber 5,128 41.98% 9.58%
Liberal Lance White 4,654 38.10% -2.21%
New Democratic Christine Burdett 2,432 19.91% -7.37%
Total 12,214
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 24
Eligible electors / Turnout 23,671 51.70% -1.81%
Progressive Conservative gain from Liberal Swing -2.01%
Source(s)
Source: "Edmonton-Calder Official Results 2001 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.

2004 general electionEdit

2004 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
New Democratic David Eggen 4,067 36.01% 16.10%
Progressive Conservative Brent Rathgeber 3,730 33.02% -8.96%
Liberal Brad Smith 2,985 26.43% -11.68%
Alberta Alliance Vicki Kramer 513 4.54%
Total 11,295
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 48
Eligible electors / Turnout 23,153 48.99% -2.71%
New Democratic gain from Progressive Conservative Swing -0.45%
Source(s)
Source: "Edmonton-Calder Official Results 2004 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.

2008 general electionEdit

2008 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Doug Elniski 4,557 40.86% 7.83%
New Democratic David Eggen 4,356 39.05% 3.05%
Liberal Jim Kane 1,839 16.49% -9.94%
Green Michael Brown 402 3.60%
Total 11,154
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 39
Eligible electors / Turnout 27,420 40.82% -8.17%
Progressive Conservative gain from New Democratic Swing -0.59%

2012 general electionEdit

2012 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
New Democratic David Eggen 5,731 38.42% -0.63%
Progressive Conservative Bev Esslinger 5,177 34.71% -6.15%
Wildrose Rich Neumann 2,790 18.71%
Liberal Alex Bosse 976 6.54% -9.94%
Alberta Party David Clark 189 1.27%
Social Credit Margaret Saunter 52 0.35%
Total 14,915
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 119
Eligible electors / Turnout 29,535 50.90% 10.08%
New Democratic gain from Progressive Conservative Swing 0.96%

2015 general electionEdit

2015 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
New Democratic David Eggen 12,837 70.72% 32.30%
Progressive Conservative Thomas (Tom) Bradley 3,222 17.75% -16.96%
Wildrose Andrew Altimas 1,565 8.62% -10.08%
Liberal Amit (Sunny) Batra 527 2.90% -3.64%
Total 18,151
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 42
Eligible electors / Turnout 36,266 50.17% -0.74%
New Democratic hold Swing 24.63%

Senate nominee resultsEdit

2004 Senate nominee election district resultsEdit

2004 Senate nominee election results: Edmonton-Calder[5] Turnout 49.21%
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Votes % Ballots Rank
Progressive Conservative Betty Unger 4,272 15.41% 46.54% 2
  Independent Link Byfield 3,553 12.81% 38.71% 4
Progressive Conservative Bert Brown 3,126 11.28% 34.06% 1
Progressive Conservative Cliff Breitkreuz 2,867 10.34% 32.23% 3
  Independent Tom Sindlinger 2,662 9.60% 29.00% 9
Alberta Alliance Michael Roth 2,608 9.41% 28.41% 7
Alberta Alliance Gary Horan 2,292 8.27% 24.97% 10
Alberta Alliance Vance Gough 2,283 8.24% 24.87% 8
Progressive Conservative David Usherwood 2,210 7.97% 24.08% 6
Progressive Conservative Jim Silye 1,847 6.67% 20.12% 5
Total Votes 27,720 100%
Total Ballots 9,179 3.02 Votes Per Ballot
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 2,215

Voters had the option of selecting 4 Candidates on the Ballot

Student Vote resultsEdit

2004 electionEdit

Participating Schools[6]
Major General Griesbach School
Sir John Thompson Junior High School
St. Edmund School
Winterburn School

On November 19, 2004 a Student Vote was conducted at participating Alberta schools to parallel the 2004 Alberta general election results. The vote was designed to educate students and simulate the electoral process for persons who have not yet reached the legal majority. The vote was conducted in 80 of the 83 provincial electoral districts with students voting for actual election candidates. Schools with a large student body that reside in another electoral district had the option to vote for candidates outside of the electoral district then where they were physically located.

2004 Alberta Student Vote results[7]
Affiliation Candidate Votes %
  Liberal Brad Smith 241 40.30%
     NDP David Eggen 170 28.43%
Progressive Conservative Brent Rathgeber 114 19.06%
Alberta Alliance Vicki Kramer 73 12.21%
Total 598 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 19

2012 electionEdit

2012 Alberta Student Vote results
Affiliation Candidate Votes %
Progressive Conservative Bev Esslinger %
Wildrose Don Martin
  Liberal Alex V Bosse %
Alberta Party David Clark
     NDP David Eggen %
Total 100%

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Election results for Edmonton-Calder". abheritage.ca. Heritage Community Foundation. Archived from the original on 8 December 2010. Retrieved 22 May 2020.
  2. ^ Alberta Electoral Boundaries Commission (June 2010). "Proposed Electoral Division Areas, Boundaries, and Names for Alberta. Final Report to the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta" (PDF). Legislative Assembly of Alberta. Retrieved May 29, 2020.
  3. ^ Electoral Divisions Act, S.A. 2003, c. E-4.1
  4. ^ Parrish, Julia (January 18, 2012). "Edmonton-Calder MLA will not seek re-election". CTV Edmonton. CTV News. Retrieved 3 June 2020.
  5. ^ "Senate Nominee Election 2004 Tabulation of Official Results" (PDF). Elections Alberta. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 4, 2009. Retrieved February 28, 2010.
  6. ^ "School by School results". Student Vote Canada. Archived from the original on October 5, 2007. Retrieved 2008-04-18.
  7. ^ "Riding by Riding Results - the Candidates". Student Vote Canada. Archived from the original on October 6, 2007. Retrieved 2008-04-19.

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Coordinates: 53°35′N 113°36′W / 53.59°N 113.60°W / 53.59; -113.60