Innisfail-Sylvan Lake

Innisfail-Sylvan Lake is a provincial electoral district in Alberta, Canada. It is one of 87 current districts mandated to return a single member to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta using the first past the post method of voting.

Innisfail-Sylvan Lake
Alberta electoral district
Innisfail-Sylvan Lake 2017.svg
Innisfail-Sylvan Lake within Alberta, 2017 boundaries
Provincial electoral district
LegislatureLegislative Assembly of Alberta
MLA
 
 
 
Devin Dreeshen
United Conservative
District created1993
First contested1993
Last contested2015
Demographics
Census division(s)Division No. 8
Census subdivision(s)Birchcliff, Bowden, Delburne, Elnora, Half Moon Bay, Innisfail, Jarvis Bay, Lacombe County, Norglenwold, Penhold, Red Deer County, Sylvan Lake

The district was created in the 1993 boundary redistribution from the old Innisfail electoral district that had existed since the province was created in 1905. It is located in rural central Alberta just south of the city of Red Deer. Communities include Innisfail, Sylvan Lake, Penhold, Bowden, Delburne, Elnora, Springbrook, Spruce View, Markerville and Dickson.

In recent decades the district has elected Progressive Conservative candidates with strong majorities, but in the 2012 election the district elected Wildrose Candidate Kerry Towle. After crossing the floor to the Progressive Conservatives Towle was defeated in the 2015 election by Wildrose candidate Don MacIntyre.

HistoryEdit

The electoral district was created in the 1993 boundary redistribution primarily from the old electoral district of Innisfail. The 2010 boundary redistribution saw a portion of the district west of Sylvan Lake transferred to Rimbey-Rocky Mountain House-Sundre and portions of land that were outside of the city of Red Deer in the Red Deer-North transferred in.[1]

Boundary historyEdit

Representation historyEdit

Members of the Legislative Assembly for Innisfail-Sylvan Lake[3]
Assembly Years Member Party
See Innisfail 1905-1993 and Rocky Mountain House 1940-1993
23rd 1993-1997 Gary Severtson Progressive Conservative
24th 1997-2001
25th 2001-2004 Luke Ouellette
26th 2004-2008
27th 2008-2012
28th 2012–2014 Kerry Towle Wildrose
2014–2015 Progressive Conservative[4]
29th 2015–2017 Don MacIntyre Wildrose
2017–2018 United Conservative
2018 Independent[5]
2018 Vacant
2018–2019 Devin Dreeshen United Conservative
30th 2019–

The electoral district was created in the 1993 boundary redistribution from the old Innisfail riding. The first election held in 1993 saw incumbent Progressive Conservative Gary Severtson win the electoral district with over 50% of the popular vote. He was re-elected again in the 1997 general election, with an increase in his margin of victory nearly winning a landslide. Severtson retired at dissolution in 2001.

Luke Ouellette won his first election as a Progressive Conservative candidate in 2001. In that election he won nearly 75% of the popular vote to hold the seat. He was re-elected to a second term in the 2004 election. He fended off a strong challenge from Alberta Alliance leader Randy Thorsteinson.

Premier Ralph Klein appointed Ouelette to the cabinet after the 2004 election. He ran for a third term in the 2008 general election and won a larger vote share. However, he was defeated in 2012 by Wildrose candidate Kerry Towle.

Towle subsequently crossed the floor to the governing PCs in protest of Danielle Smith's leadership of the Wildrose Party,[6] and would be followed shortly thereafter by Smith herself and a majority of the Wildrose caucus. Although most of these floor-crossers were not able to stand in the 2015 election, Towle defended her seat as a Progressive Conservative, but was soundly defeated by Wildrose candidate Don MacIntyre. He changed affiliations when the two parties merged, sitting with the new United Conservative (UCP) caucus for one sitting of the Legislature.

However, allegations against MacIntyre in early 2018 prompted him to resign from caucus, and shortly thereafter as MLA. The resulting by-election was won easily by UCP candidate Devin Dreeshen, son of MP Earl Dreeshen.

Election resultsEdit

Graphical summaryEdit

1993
5.2% 21.7% 53.6% 13.8% 4.9%
NDP Liberal Progressive Conservative Alliance SC
1997
5.0% 18.8% 59.6% 16.7%
NDP Liberal Progressive Conservative Social Credit
2001
5.0% 20.4% 74.7%
NDP Liberal Progressive Conservative
2004
5.2% 16.2% 55.4% 20.0% 3.2%
NDP Liberal Progressive Conservative Alliance SC
2008
4.9% 6.3% 13.9% 62.8% 11.0%
G NDP Liberal Progressive Conservative WA
2012
4.6% 4.2% 4.9% 40.1% 46.2%
NDP Liberal Alberta Progressive Conservative Wildrose
2015
23.2% 6.2% 28.0% 42.7%
NDP Alberta Progressive Conservative Wildrose
2018
9.3% 7.4% 81.7%
NDP Alberta United Conservative
2019
13.5% 1.4% 1.3% 9.2% 74.5%
NDP FCP Alberta United Conservative

Elections in the 2010sEdit

2019 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
United Conservative Devin Dreeshen 19,030 74.5% -7.17%
New Democratic Robyn O'Brien 3,453 13.5% +4.04%
Alberta Party Danielle Klooster 2,337 9.2% +1.76%
Freedom Conservative Chad Miller 359 1.4%
  Alberta Advantage Brian Vanderkley 164
Independent Ed Wychopen 106 0.4%
Reform Lauren Thorsteinson 79 0.3%
Total valid votes
Rejected, spoiled, and declined
Turnout
Registered electors
Alberta provincial by-election, July 12, 2018
upon the resignation of Don MacIntyre on February 2, 2018
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
United Conservative Devin Dreeshen 8,029 81.67 +10.99
New Democratic Nicole Mooney 915 9.31 -13.83
Alberta Party Abigail Douglass 731 7.44 +1.25
Liberal Nicolaas Jansen 93 0.95
Independent David Inscho 63 0.64
Total valid votes 9,831
Rejected, spoiled, and declined 37
Turnout 9,868 31.22 -24.27
Eligible voters 31,604
United Conservative notional hold Swing +12.41
Source(s)
Elections Alberta. "Election results". Retrieved August 13, 2018.
2015 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Wildrose Don MacIntyre 7,829 42.68 -3.54
Progressive Conservative Kerry Towle 5,136 28.00 -12.06
New Democratic Patricia Norman 4,244 23.14 +18.47
Alberta Party Danielle Klooster 1,135 6.19 +1.31
Total 18,344 99.48
Rejected, spoiled, and declined 95 0.52 -0.26
Turnout 18,439 55.49 +0.65
Eligible voters 33,227
Wildrose hold Swing +4.26
Source(s)
Elections Alberta. "Electoral Division Results, 64 - INNISFAIL-SYLVAN LAKE". Retrieved 2018-02-06.
2012 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Wildrose Kerry Towle 7,084 46.22 +35.26
Progressive Conservative Luke Ouellette 6,140 40.06 -22.76
Alberta Party Danielle Klooster 747 4.87
New Democratic Patricia Norman 715 4.66 -1.67
Liberal Les Vidok 642 4.19 -9.69
Total 15,328 99.22
Rejected, spoiled, and declined 120 0.78
Turnout 15,488 54.84
Eligible voters 28,167
Wildrose gain from Progressive Conservative Swing +29.01
Source(s)
Elections Alberta. "Electoral Division Results, 64 - INNISFAIL-SYLVAN LAKE". Retrieved 2018-02-06.

Elections in the 2000sEdit

2008 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Luke Ouellette 6,967 62.82 +7.44
Liberal Garth Davis 1,539 13.88 -2.33
Wildrose Alliance Wayne Edmundson 1,215 10.96 -9.03
New Democratic Tophie Davis 702 6.33 +1.11
Greens Lisa Grant 545 4.91
Independent Anthony Haggarty 122 1.10
Total 11,090 100.00
Rejected, spoiled, and declined 51
Eligible electors / Turnout 29,348 37.96 -8.78
Progressive Conservative hold Swing +4.86
2004 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Luke Ouellette 6,208 55.38 -19.27
Alberta Alliance Randy Thorsteinson 2,241 19.99
Liberal Garth Davis 1,817 16.21 -4.14
New Democratic Chris Janke 585 5.22 +0.22
Social Credit Wilf Tricker 359 3.20
Total 11,210 100.00
Rejected, spoiled, and declined 48
Eligible electors / Turnout 24,087 46.74 -7.71
Progressive Conservative hold Swing -19.63
Source(s)
2001 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Luke Ouellette 9,725 74.65 +15.03
Liberal Garth Davis 2,652 20.35 +1.59
New Democratic Eileen Teslenko 651 5.00 +0.04
Total 13,028 100.00
Rejected, spoiled and declined 55
Eligible electors / Turnout 24,028 54.45 -2.34
Progressive Conservative hold Swing +8.31
Source(s)
"Innisfail-Sylvan Lake Official Results 2001 Alberta general election" (PDF). Elections Alberta. Retrieved March 9, 2010.

Elections in the 1990sEdit

1997 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Gary Severtson 7,012 59.62 +6.03
Liberal Ray Reckseidler 2,206 18.76 -2.96
Social Credit Carl Thorsteinson 1,960 16.66 +11.74
New Democratic Linda Neilson 583 4.96 -0.19
Total 11,761 100.00
Rejected, spoiled and declined 18
Eligible electors / Turnout 20,741 56.79 -7.33
Progressive Conservative hold Swing +4.50
Source(s)
"1997 General Election". Elections Alberta. Archived from the original on February 14, 2012. Retrieved January 26, 2012.
1993 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes %
Progressive Conservative Gary Severtson 5,660 53.59
Liberal Daryl Beck 2,294 21.72
Alliance George Flake 1,381 13.08
New Democratic Reg Stotz 544 5.15
Social Credit Norm Bjornson 520 4.92
Independent Len Scott 163 1.54
Total 10,562 100.00
Rejected, spoiled and declined 22
Eligible electors / Turnout 16,507 64.12
Progressive Conservative pickup new district.
Source(s)
"Innisfail-Sylvan Lake results 1993 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Archived from the original on November 3, 2010. Retrieved April 24, 2017.

Senate nominee resultsEdit

2004 Senate nominee election district resultsEdit

2004 Senate nominee election results: Innisfail-Sylvan Lake[7] Turnout 46.50%
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Votes % Ballots Rank
Progressive Conservative Bert Brown 4,898 15.34% 50.13% 1
Progressive Conservative Betty Unger 4,418 13.83% 45.22% 2
Progressive Conservative Cliff Breitkreuz 3,466 10.85% 35.47% 3
Alberta Alliance Michael Roth 3,175 9.94% 32.49% 7
  Independent Link Byfield 3,116 9.76% 31.89% 4
Progressive Conservative Jim Silye 3,061 9.58% 31.33% 5
Progressive Conservative David Usherwood 2,887 9.04% 29.55% 6
Alberta Alliance Vance Gough 2,729 8.54% 27.93% 8
Alberta Alliance Gary Horan 2,524 7.90% 25.83% 10
  Independent Tom Sindlinger 1,665 5.22% 17.04% 9
Total Votes 31,939 100%
Total Ballots 9,771 3.27 Votes Per Ballot
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 1,429

Voters had the option of selecting 4 Candidates on the Ballot

2012 Senate nominee election district resultsEdit

Student Vote resultsEdit

2004 electionEdit

Participating Schools[8]
Bowden Grandview
Delburne School
Poplar Ridge School
Spruce View 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[9]
Affiliation Candidate Votes %
Progressive Conservative Luke Ouellette 233 55.48%
Alberta Alliance Randy Thorsteinson 63 15.00%
  Liberal Garth Davis 43 10.24%
  Social Credit Wilf Tricker 41 9.76%
  NDP Chris Janke 40 9.52%
Total 420 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 13

2012 electionEdit

2012 Alberta Student Vote results
Affiliation Candidate Votes %
Progressive Conservative Luke Ouellette %
Wildrose Kerry Towle
  Liberal Les Vidok %
Alberta Party Danielle Klooster
  NDP Patricia Norman %
Total 100%

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Proposed Electoral Division Areas, Boundaries, and Names for Alberta" (PDF). Alberta Electoral Boundaries Commission. June 2010. p. 21. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 27, 2011. Retrieved January 14, 2012.
  2. ^ "E‑4.1". Statutes of the Province of Alberta. Government of Alberta. 2003. pp. 47–49.
  3. ^ "Members of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta 1905-2006" (PDF). Legislative Assembly of Alberta. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 30, 2007. Retrieved February 27, 2010.
  4. ^ "Wildrose MLAs leave party to join PCs". Global Edmonton. November 24, 2014. Retrieved November 24, 2014.
  5. ^ "MLA Don MacIntyre resigns from UCP caucus". CBC News. February 4, 2018. Retrieved 2018-02-03.
  6. ^ "Wildrose MLAs Towle and Donovan cross the floor to join Prentice's Tories". Calgary Herald. 2014-11-24. Retrieved 2018-02-06.
  7. ^ "Senate Nominee Election 2004 Tabulation of Official Results" (PDF). Elections Alberta. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 4, 2009. Retrieved February 28, 2010.
  8. ^ "School by School results". Student Vote Canada. Archived from the original on October 5, 2007. Retrieved 2008-04-27.
  9. ^ "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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