Medicine Hat (provincial electoral district)

Medicine Hat was a provincial electoral district in Alberta, Canada, mandated to return members to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta from 1905 to 1971, and again from 1979 to 2019.[1] The electoral district was named after the City of Medicine Hat.

Medicine Hat
Alberta electoral district
MedicineHat in Medicine Hat.jpg
2010 boundaries
Defunct provincial electoral district
LegislatureLegislative Assembly of Alberta
District created1905
District abolished1971
District re-created1979
District re-abolished2017
First contested1905
Last contested2015

HistoryEdit

The electoral district of Medicine Hat has existed in two iterations. The Medicine Hat electoral district was one of the original 25 electoral districts contested in the 1905 Alberta general election upon Alberta joining Confederation in September 1905. The district was carried over from the old Medicine Hat electoral district which returned a single member to the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories from 1888 to 1905.[2] The member for the Northwest Territories seat, William Finlay would be elected in the 1st Alberta general election.[3] Upon the electoral district's formation, it covered a large portion of rural south east Alberta. The district shrunk until it became an urban only riding surrounding the City of Medicine Hat.

The district was abolished in the 1971 electoral district re-distribution to become part of Medicine Hat-Redcliff, which was abolished in 1979 and once again became the Medicine Hat electoral district.

Under the 2004 Alberta electoral boundary re-distribution, the constituency covered the portion of the city north of the South Saskatchewan River, the Trans-Canada Highway and Carry Drive. The rest of the city and surrounding area was part of the Cypress-Medicine Hat constituency.[4]

The 2010 electoral boundary re-distribution saw minor changes made to align the riding with new boundaries of Medicine Hat.[5]

The Medicine Hat electoral district was dissolved in the 2017 electoral boundary re-distribution, and portions of the district would incorporate the Brooks-Medicine Hat to the North, and Cypress-Medicine Hat to the South for the 2019 Alberta general election.[6]

Boundary historyEdit

Representation historyEdit

Members of the Legislative Assembly for Medicine Hat[9]
Assembly Years Member Party
See Medicine Hat (N.W.T.) 1888–1905
1st 1905–1909 William Finlay Liberal
2nd 1909–1910
1910 Vacant
1910–1913 Charles Mitchell Liberal
3rd 1913–1917 Nelson Spencer Conservative
4th 1917–1921
5th 1921 William
Johnston
Dominion
Labor
Perren Baker UFA
1921 Vacant
1921–1925 Perren Baker UFA
1925 Vacant
1925–1926 Charles
Pingle
Liberal
6th 1926–1928
1928 Vacant
1928–1930 Hector Lang Liberal
7th 1930–1935
8th 1935–1940 John Robinson Social Credit
9th 1940–1944
10th 1944–1948
11th 1948–1952
12th 1952–1953
1953 Vacant
1953–1955 Elizabeth Robinson Social Credit
13th 1955–1959
14th 1959–1960
1960–1961 Vacant
1961–1963 Harry Leinweber Social Credit
15th 1963–1967
16th 1967–1971
See Medicine Hat-Redcliff 1971-1979
19th 1979–1982 Jim Horsman Progressive
Conservative
20th 1982–1986
21st 1986–1989
22nd 1989–1993
23rd 1993–1997 Rob Renner
24th 1997–2001
25th 2001–2004
26th 2004–2008
27th 2008–2012
28th 2012–2014 Blake Pedersen Wildrose
2014–2015 Progressive
Conservative
29th 2015–2019 Bob Wanner New Democratic
See Cypress-Medicine Hat and Brooks-Medicine Hat 2019–

The provincial electoral district of Medicine Hat has a long history that goes back to 1888 under the old Medicine Hat, Northwest Territories electoral district. The district was carried over when the province of Alberta was created in 1905.

The first election in 1905 saw former Northwest Territories MLA William Finlay win the district in a hotly contested race. Finlay was re-elected in 1909 and resigned in 1910 so cabinet minister Charles Mitchell could have a seat in the Legislature.

Mitchell only held the district for one term before being defeated by Conservative Nelson Spencer in the 1913 election. Spencer's win was considered an upset. Spencer was re-elected by acclamation under Chapter 38 of the Elections Act in 1917 for serving in the Canadian Army during World War I. He retired from the Legislature in 1921 and moved to British Columbia.

The Liberal government passed a law in 1921 that turned Medicine Hat into a two-member constituency during the 5th Legislature. The two seats were won by United Farmers candidate Peren Baker who headed the polls and William Johnston a Dominion Labor candidate who finished second. Baker was confirmed to a cabinet post by acclamation in a ministerial by-election on December 9, 1921.

Johnson died in 1925, vacating his seat. The by-election saw former Speaker of the Legislature Charles Pingle win the district for the Liberal party. The district was once again mandated to return a single member in 1926. Pingle stood for re-election while Baker moved to the Cypress electoral district. This was also the first election conducted with single transferable vote.

Pingle died in 1928, forcing another by-election. Liberal candidate Hector Lang retained the seat for the party. He was re-elected in 1930 and defeated running for a third term in 1935 by Social Credit candidate John Robinson.

Robinson held the district for four terms being re-elected in 1940, 1944, 1948 and 1952. He was appointed Minister of Industries and Labour by Premier Ernest Manning in 1948 and held that post until his death in 1953.

The by-election in 1953 saw John Robinson's wife Elizabeth Robinson retain the seat for Social Credit. She held the district for three terms before dying in 1961.

The last by-election held in the district in 1961 saw Harry Leinweber become the third member of Social Credit to win the district. He was re-elected in 1963 and 1967 before retiring in 1971.

Medicine Hat was redistributed to include the town of Redcliff in 1971 boundary redistribution. The new riding was called Medicine Hat-Redcliff. The electoral district of Medicine Hat was re-created in 1979 containing just the city of Medicine Hat.

The first election in the new Medicine Hat district saw former Medicine Hat-Redcliff incumbent Jim Horsman won the district in a landslide winning a 10,000 vote margin over the second place candidate. He would improve on that victory winning his biggest margin in the 1982 general election finishing almost 12,000 votes ahead of second place. He was also re-elected in 1986 and 1989 before retiring in 1993.

Rob Renner was elected as a Progressive Conservative candidate for the first time in the 1993 general election. He was re-elected in 1997, 2001, 2004 and 2008.

Blake Pedersen was elected as a Wildrose candidate in 2012. On December 17, 2014, he was one of nine Wildrose MLAs who crossed the floor to join the Alberta Progressive Conservative caucus.[10]

Bob Wanner was elected as a New Democratic Party (NDP) candidate in 2015.[11][12]

Legislature results 1905-1971Edit

1905 general electionEdit

1905 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal William T. Finlay 575 51.71%
Conservative Francis O. Sissions 537 48.29%
Total 1,112
Rejected, spoiled and declined N/A
Eligible electors / turnout N/A N/A
Liberal pickup new district.
Source(s)
Source: "Medicine Hat Official Results 1905 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.

1909 general electionEdit

1909 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal William T. Finlay 1,249 71.66% 19.95%
Conservative Francis O. Sissions 494 28.34% -19.95%
Total 1,743
Rejected, spoiled and declined N/A
Eligible electors / turnout N/A N/A
Liberal hold Swing 19.95%
Source(s)
Source: "Medicine Hat Official Results 1909 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.

1910 by-electionEdit

Alberta provincial by-election, June 29, 1910
Upon the resignation of William T. Finlay
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Charles Richmond Mitchell 1,134 62.86% -8.80%
Conservative Walter Huckvale 670 37.14% 8.80%
Total 1,804
Rejected, spoiled and declined N/A
Eligible electors / turnout N/A N/A
Liberal hold Swing -8.80%
Source(s)
"By-elections". elections.ab.ca. Elections Alberta. Retrieved June 24, 2020.

1913 general electionEdit

1913 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Nelson Spencer 1,843 50.27% 12.58%
Liberal Charles Richmond Mitchell 1,823 49.73% -12.58%
Total 3,666
Rejected, spoiled and declined N/A
Eligible electors / turnout N/A N/A
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing -12.58%
Source(s)
Source: "Medicine Hat Official Results 1913 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.

1917 general electionEdit

1917 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Nelson Spencer Acclaimed
Total N/A
Rejected, spoiled and declined N/A
Eligible electors / turnout N/A N/A
Conservative hold Swing N/A
Source(s)
Source: "Medicine Hat Official Results 1917 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.
One of eleven Members of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta acclaimed under The Elections Act Section 38, which stipulated that any member of the 3rd Alberta Legislative Assembly would be guaranteed re-election, with no contest held, if the member joined for wartime service in the First World War.
An Act amending The Election Act respecting Members of the Legislative Assembly on Active Service., SA 1917, c. 38

1921 general electionEdit

1921 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % Elected
United Farmers Perren E. Baker 4,165 65.52%  Y
Labour William G. Johnston 3,602 56.66%  Y
Liberal Oliver Boyd 2,278 35.83%
Liberal H. H. Foster 2,013 31.67%
Total 6,357
Source(s)
Source: "Medicine Hat Official Results 1921 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.
Two members were elected to the Legislature, and electors had the option of voting for up to two candidates.

1921 by-election resultsEdit

Alberta provincial by-election, December 9, 1921
Ministerial by-election upon Perren E. Baker's appointment to Cabinet
Party Candidate Votes
United Farmers Perren E. Baker Acclaimed
Source(s)
"By-elections". elections.ab.ca. Elections Alberta. Retrieved June 24, 2020.

Due to laws existing in the Legislative Assembly Act a series of ministerial by-elections were needed to confirm members appointed to the Greenfield government. Seven by-elections in total were called for an election day of December 9, 1921. This was set for one week after the 1921 Canadian federal election.[13]

The by-election writ was dropped on November 16, 1921, United Farmers incumbent Perren Baker who had been appointed as Minister of Education ran unopposed and was acclaimed at the nomination deadline held on December 2, 1921. The timing of the by-elections was deliberately chosen to coincide with the federal election to ensure that opposition candidates would be unlikely to oppose the cabinet ministers.[13]

1925 by-electionEdit

September 29, 1925 by-election results[14][15] Turnout 74.56% 1st Count Swing
Affiliation Candidate 1st % 2nd % Party Personal
Liberal Charles Pingle 1,640 41.48% 1,914 55.17% 5.89% *
Farmer-Labor William McCombs 1,302 32.94% 1,555 44.83% -31.47%1 *
Conservative Joseph Hendrick 1,011 25.58% *
Total 3,953 100% 3,469 100%
Exhausted Ballots 0 484
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined Unknown
5,302 eligible electors
Liberal pickup from Dominion Labor 1st Count Swing 18.68%
  1. William McCombs was a candidate jointly nominated by the United Farmers of Alberta and the Dominion Labor Party. The party percent change is reflected from the combined party percentages in the 1921 general election.

1926 general electionEdit

1926 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes
1st count
% Votes
final count
±%
Liberal Charles S. Pingle 1,574 44.08% 1,701 2.60%
Conservative Joseph J. Hendricks 1,279 35.82% 1,487 9.75%
Labor James Hole 718 20.11% -12.83%
Total 3,571
Rejected, spoiled and declined 264
Eligible electors / turnout 5,302 72.33%
Liberal hold Swing 6.81%
Source(s)
Source: "Medicine Hat Official Results 1926 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.
Instant-runoff voting requires a candidate to receive a plurality (greater than 50%) of the votes.
As no candidate received a plurality of votes, the bottom candidate was eliminated and their 2nd place votes were applied to both other candidates until one received a plurality.

1928 by-electionEdit

May 1, 1928 by-election results[16] Turnout 66.05% 1st Count Swing
Affiliation Candidate 1st % 2nd 3rd 4th % Party Personal
  Liberal Hector Lang 1,355 39.90% 1,405 1,603 1,604 59.12% -4.18% *
  Conservative Joseph Hendrick 941 27.71% 986 1,106 1,109 40.88% -8.11%
  Dominion Labor William McCombs 810 23.85% 844 3.74% *
  Independent B.J. Bott 290 8.54% *
Total 3,396 100% 3,235 2,709 2,713 100%
Exhausted Ballots 0 161 529 -4
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 106
5,302 eligible electors
  Liberal hold 1st Count Swing -6.15%

1930 general electionEdit

1930 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes
1st count
% Votes
final count
±%
Liberal Hector Lang 1,774 45.97% 2,046 6.07%
Conservative C. S. Blanchard 1,150 29.80% 1,365 -2.09%
Independent Issac Bullivant 935 24.23%
Total 3,859
Rejected, spoiled and declined 336
Eligible electors / turnout 5,662 74.09% 1.76%
Liberal hold Swing 3.95%
Source(s)
Source: "Medicine Hat Official Results 1930 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.
Instant-runoff voting requires a candidate to receive a plurality (greater than 50%) of the votes.
As no candidate received a plurality of votes, the bottom candidate was eliminated and their 2nd place votes were applied to both other candidates until one received a plurality.

1935 general electionEdit

1935 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Social Credit John Lyle Robinson 3,236 62.94%
Liberal Hector Lang 1,252 24.35% -21.62%
Conservative Issac Bullivant 653 12.70% -17.10%
Total 5,141
Rejected, spoiled and declined 117
Eligible electors / turnout 6,315 83.26% 9.17%
Social Credit gain from Liberal Swing 11.21%
Source(s)
Source: "Medicine Hat Official Results 1935 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.

1940 general electionEdit

1940 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Social Credit John Lyle Robinson 2,943 50.69% -12.26%
Independent W. C. Yuill 2,863 49.31%
Total 5,806
Rejected, spoiled and declined 169
Eligible electors / turnout 6,942 86.07% 2.81%
Social Credit hold Swing -18.61%
Source(s)
Source: "Medicine Hat Official Results 1940 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.

1944 general electionEdit

1944 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Social Credit John Lyle Robinson 2,977 55.48% 4.79%
Independent John A.M. Bell 1,457 27.15%
Co-operative Commonwealth Russell A. Price 696 12.97%
Labor–Progressive Edwin W. Horne 236 4.40%
Total 5,366
Rejected, spoiled and declined 224
Eligible electors / turnout 7,844 71.26% -14.81%
Social Credit hold Swing 13.47%
Source(s)
Source: "Medicine Hat Official Results 1944 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.

1948 general electionEdit

1948 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Social Credit John Lyle Robinson 3,835 65.29% 9.81%
Liberal David R. Broadfoot 1,043 17.76%
Co-operative Commonwealth Ian MacLachlan Arrol 996 16.96% 3.99%
Total 5,874
Rejected, spoiled and declined 596
Eligible electors / turnout 10,103 64.04% -7.22%
Social Credit hold Swing 9.60%
Source(s)
Source: "Medicine Hat Official Results 1948 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.

1952 general electionEdit

1952 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Social Credit John Lyle Robinson 4,724 74.69% 9.40%
Liberal James Lyle Wyatt 1,601 25.31% 7.56%
Total 6,325
Rejected, spoiled and declined 346
Eligible electors / turnout 11,336 58.85% -5.19%
Social Credit hold Swing 0.92%
Source(s)
Source: "Medicine Hat Official Results 1952 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.

1953 by-electionEdit

December 21, 1953 by-election results[17] Turnout 28.44% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
  Social Credit Elizabeth Robinson 2,462 76.89% 2.19% *
  Co-operative Commonwealth E.W. Horne 740 23.11% *
Total 3,202 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 200
11,964 Eligible Electors[18]
  Social Credit hold Swing 12.65%

1955 general electionEdit

1955 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Social Credit Elizabeth G. Robinson 5,066 67.25% -9.64%
Liberal James W. McLane 1,862 24.72%
Co-operative Commonwealth K. L. Brucker 605 8.03% -15.08%
Total 7,533
Rejected, spoiled and declined 436
Eligible electors / turnout 12,915 61.70% 2.86%
Social Credit hold Swing -3.42%
Source(s)
Source: "Medicine Hat Official Results 1955 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.

1959 general electionEdit

1959 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Social Credit Elizabeth G. Robinson 5,604 66.12% -1.13%
Progressive Conservative John H. Cocks 1,780 21.00%
Liberal Norma Deman 597 7.04% -14.68%
Co-operative Commonwealth John D. Rogers 495 5.84% -2.19%
Total 8,476
Rejected, spoiled and declined 163
Eligible electors / turnout 13,957 61.90% 0.19%
Social Credit hold Swing 1.29%
Source(s)
Source: "Medicine Hat Official Results 1959 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.

1961 by-electionEdit

Alberta provincial by-election, January 19, 1961
Upon the death of Elizabeth G. Robinson on October 21, 1960
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Social Credit Harry C. Leinweber 4,573 56.82% -9.20%
Liberal David Broadfoot 2,475 30.75% 23.71%
Progressive Conservative John Cocks 1,000 12.43% -8.57%
Total 8,048
Rejected, spoiled and declined N/A
Eligible electors / turnout N/A N/A
Social Credit hold Swing 2.94%
Source(s)
"By-elections". elections.ab.ca. Elections Alberta. Retrieved June 24, 2020.[19]

1963 general electionEdit

1963 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Social Credit Harry C. Leinweber 4,954 51.93% -4.89%
Liberal Helen Beny Gibson 2,259 23.68% -7.07%
Progressive Conservative Kenneth Roy Biddell 1,485 15.57% 3.14%
New Democratic Milton J. Reinhardt 841 8.82%
Total 9,539
Rejected, spoiled and declined 31
Eligible electors / turnout 15,921 60.11% -1.79%
Social Credit hold Swing 2.94%
Source(s)
Source: "Medicine Hat Official Results 1963 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.

1967 general electionEdit

1967 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Social Credit Harry C. Leinweber 4,390 40.15% -11.79%
Progressive Conservative Jim Horsman 2,701 24.70% 9.13%
Liberal Roy Weidemann 2,025 18.52% -5.16%
New Democratic Ted. J. Grimm 1,819 16.63% 7.82%
Total 10,935
Rejected, spoiled and declined 50
Eligible electors / turnout 16,104 68.21% 8.10%
Social Credit hold Swing -6.40%
Source(s)
Source: "Medicine Hat Official Results 1967 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.

Legislature results 1979-2015Edit

1979 general electionEdit

1979 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Jim Horsman 10,107 72.85%
Social Credit Lee Anderson 1,904 13.72%
New Democratic Frances Ost 1,134 8.17%
Liberal Louise Mercier 729 5.25%
Total 13,874
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 50
Eligible electors / Turnout 23,646 58.89%
Progressive Conservative pickup new district.
Source(s)
Source: "Medicine Hat 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 Jim Horsman 14,654 81.37% 8.53%
New Democratic Clarence Smith 2,072 11.51% 3.33%
Western Canada Concept David F. Lees 996 5.53%
Independent Frank F. Cottingham 286 1.59%
Total 18,008
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 38
Eligible electors / Turnout 27,149 66.47% 7.58%
Progressive Conservative hold Swing 5.37%
Source(s)
Source: "Medicine Hat Official Results 1982 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.

1986 general electionEdit

1986 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Jim Horsman 7,717 65.88% -15.50%
Liberal David J. Carter 2,624 22.40%
New Democratic Stan Chmelyk 1,373 11.72% 0.22%
Total 11,714
Rejected, spoiled and declined 29
Eligible electors / turnout 28,185 41.66% -24.81%
Progressive Conservative hold Swing -13.20%
Source(s)
Source: "Medicine Hat Official Results 1986 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.

1989 general electionEdit

1989 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Jim Horsman 6,465 41.01% -24.87%
Liberal Garth Vallely 5,213 33.06% 10.66%
New Democratic Wally Regehr 4,088 25.93% 14.21%
Total 15,766
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 49
Eligible electors / Turnout 29,589 53.45% 11.78%
Progressive Conservative hold Swing -17.77%
Source(s)
Source: "Medicine Hat Official Results 1989 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.

1993 general electionEdit

1993 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Rob Renner 4,941 39.01% -1.99%
Liberal Garth Vallely 4,790 37.82% 4.76%
New Democratic Bob Wanner 2,366 18.68% -7.25%
Social Credit Marcel Guay 568 4.48%
Total 12,665
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 38
Eligible electors / Turnout 22,665 56.05% 2.60%
Progressive Conservative hold Swing -3.37%
Source(s)
Source: "Medicine Hat Official Results 1993 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.

1997 general electionEdit

1997 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Rob Renner 5,853 51.67% 12.66%
Liberal Trevor Butts 3,232 28.53% -9.29%
Social Credit Dale Glasier 1,177 10.39% 5.91%
New Democratic George Peterson 1,065 9.40% -9.28%
Total 11,327
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 42
Eligible electors / Turnout 23,868 47.63% -8.41%
Progressive Conservative hold Swing 10.97%
Source(s)
Source: "Medicine Hat 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 Rob Renner 8,109 62.08% 10.41%
Liberal Karen Charlton 4,166 31.89% 3.36%
New Democratic Luke Lacasse 787 6.03% -3.38%
Total 13,062
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 60
Eligible electors / Turnout 25,360 51.74% 4.11%
Progressive Conservative hold Swing 3.52%
Source(s)

2004 general electionEdit

2004 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Rob Renner 5,261 49.97% -12.11%
Liberal Karen Charlton 3,419 32.47% 0.58%
Alberta Alliance Scott Cowan 1,060 10.07%
New Democratic Diana Arnott 547 5.20% -0.83%
Social Credit Jonathan Lorentzen 242 2.30%
Total 10,529
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 81
Eligible electors / Turnout 25,746 41.21% -10.53%
Progressive Conservative hold Swing -6.35%

2008 general electionEdit

2008 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Rob Renner 5,388 51.18% 1.21%
Liberal Karen Charlton 3,625 34.43% 1.96%
Wildrose Alliance Clint Rabb 746 7.09% -2.99%
New Democratic Diana Arnott 484 4.60% -0.60%
Green Karen Kraus 285 2.71%
Total 10,528
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 51
Eligible electors / Turnout 29,877 35.41% -5.80%
Progressive Conservative hold Swing -0.37%

2012 general electionEdit

2012 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Wildrose Blake Pedersen 6,034 43.56% 36.47%
Progressive Conservative Darren Hirsch 5,342 38.56% -12.62%
New Democratic Dennis Perrier 1,168 8.43% 3.83%
Liberal Matthew B. Sandford 1,095 7.90% -26.53%
Evergreen Graham Murray 214 1.54% -1.17%
Total 13,853
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 114
Eligible electors / Turnout 29,058 48.07% 12.66%
Wildrose gain from Progressive Conservative Swing -5.88%
Source(s)
Source: "72 - Medicine Hat Official Results 2012 Alberta general election". officialresults.elections.ab.ca. Elections Alberta. Retrieved May 21, 2020.

2015 general electionEdit

2015 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
New Democratic Bob Wanner 6,160 37.92% 29.49%
Wildrose Val Olson 5,790 35.64% -7.92%
Progressive Conservative Blake Pedersen 3,427 21.10% -17.47%
Alberta Party Jim Black 731 4.50%
Independent David Andrew Phillips 137 0.84%
Total 16,245
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 57
Eligible electors / Turnout 30,585 53.30% 5.23%
New Democratic gain from Wildrose Swing -1.36%
Source(s)
Source: "72 - Medicine Hat Official Results 2015 Alberta general election". officialresults.elections.ab.ca. Elections Alberta. Retrieved May 21, 2020.

Senate nominee resultsEdit

2004 Senate nominee election district resultsEdit

2004 Senate nominee election results: Medicine Hat[20] Turnout 41.25%
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Votes % Ballots Rank
  Progressive Conservative Betty Unger 3,427 15.30% 43.92% 2
  Progressive Conservative Bert Brown 3,420 15.27% 43.84% 1
  Progressive Conservative Cliff Breitkreuz 2,256 10.07% 28.92% 3
  Progressive Conservative David Usherwood 2,245 10.02% 28.78% 6
  Independent Link Byfield 2,230 9.96% 28.58% 4
  Progressive Conservative Jim Silye 2,215 9.89% 28.39% 5
  Alberta Alliance Michael Roth 1,972 8.80% 25.28% 7
  Alberta Alliance Vance Gough 1,780 7.95% 22.82% 8
  Alberta Alliance Gary Horan 1,607 7.17% 20.60% 10
  Independent Tom Sindlinger 1,249 5.57% 16.01% 9
Total Votes 22,401 100%
Total Ballots 7,802 2.87 Votes Per Ballot
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 2,819

Voters had the option of selecting 4 Candidates on the Ballot

2012 Senate nominee election district resultsEdit

Plebiscite resultsEdit

1948 Electrification PlebisciteEdit

District results from the first province wide plebiscite on electricity regulation.

Option A Option B
Are you in favour of the generation and distribution of electricity being continued by the Power Companies? Are you in favour of the generation and distribution of electricity being made a publicly owned utility administered by the Alberta Government Power Commission?
5,168     81.03% 1,214     18.97%
Province wide result: Option A passed.

1957 liquor plebisciteEdit

1957 Alberta liquor plebiscite results: Medicine Hat[21]
Question A: Do you approve additional types of outlets for the
sale of beer, wine and spirituous liquor subject to a local vote?
Ballot Choice Votes %
Yes 2,728 50.04%
No 2,724 49.96%
Total Votes 5,452 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 98
12,586 Eligible Electors, Turnout 44.10%

On October 30, 1957 a stand-alone plebiscite was held province wide in all 50 of the then current provincial electoral districts in Alberta. The government decided to consult Alberta voters to decide on liquor sales and mixed drinking after a divisive debate in the Legislature. The plebiscite was intended to deal with the growing demand for reforming antiquated liquor control laws.[22]

The plebiscite was conducted in two parts. Question A asked in all districts, asked the voters if the sale of liquor should be expanded in Alberta, while Question B asked in a handful of districts within the corporate limits of Calgary and Edmonton asked if men and woman were allowed to drink together in establishments.[21]

Province wide Question A of the plebiscite passed in 33 of the 50 districts while Question B passed in all five districts. Medicine Hat just barely voted in favour of the proposal with the difference between Yes and No being four votes. Voter turnout in the district was slightly below the province wide average of 46%.[21]

Official district returns were released to the public on December 31, 1957.[21] The Social Credit government in power at the time did not considered the results binding.[23] However the results of the vote led the government to repeal all existing liquor legislation and introduce an entirely new Liquor Act.[24]

Municipal districts lying inside electoral districts that voted against the Plebiscite were designated Local Option Zones by the Alberta Liquor Control Board and considered effective dry zones, business owners that wanted a license had to petition for a binding municipal plebiscite in order to be granted a license.[25]

Student Vote resultsEdit

2004 electionEdit

Participating Schools[26]
Crescent Heights High School
Crestwood Elementary School
McCoy High School
Medicine Hat High School
River Heights Elementary
Southview 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[27]
Affiliation Candidate Votes %
  Progressive Conservative Rob Renner 586 42.71%
  Liberal Karen Charlton 361 26.31%
  NDP Diana Arnott 209 15.23%
  Alberta Alliance Scott Cowan 109 7.94%
  Social Credit Jonathan Lorentzen 107 7.81%
Total 1,372 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 25

2012 electionEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Election results for Medicine Hat". abheritage.ca. Wayback Machine: Heritage Community Foundation. Archived from the original on December 8, 2010. Retrieved 8 June 2020.
  2. ^ "North-West Territories: Council and Legislative Assembly, 1876-1905" (PDF). Saskatchewan Archives. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-09-30.
  3. ^ "Election results for Medicine Hat, 1905". Alberta Online Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2010-03-24.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ 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. ISBN 978-0-9865367-1-7. Retrieved May 29, 2020.
  6. ^ Alberta Electoral Boundaries Commission (October 2017). "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. ISBN 978-1-988620-04-6. Retrieved May 29, 2020.
  7. ^ "The Alberta Act". Government of Canada. July 20, 1905. Chapter 3, pages 7–8.
  8. ^ Electoral Divisions Act, S.A. 2003, c. E-4.1
  9. ^ "Members of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta 1905-2006" (PDF). Legislative Assembly of Alberta. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 26, 2010. Retrieved February 27, 2010.
  10. ^ "9 Wildrose MLAs, including Danielle Smith, cross to Alberta Tories". CBC News, December 17, 2014.
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-05-18. Retrieved 2015-06-11.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ http://www.municipalaffairs.alberta.ca/documents/MDRS/Wanner_2014.pdf
  13. ^ a b "Provincial By-elections On December 9". Vol XIV No. 285. The Lethbridge Daily Herald. November 16, 1921. p. 9.
  14. ^ "Capt. Pingle is named winner by 396 majority". The Lethbridge Daily Herald. October 7, 1925. p. 5.
  15. ^ "Pingle Majority 359". The Lethbridge Daily Herald. October 13, 1925. p. 7.
  16. ^ "Second Counts All Served to Increase Majority For Lang". Lethbridge Daily Herald. May 3, 1928. p. 2.
  17. ^ "Past by-elections 1905-1973". Elections Alberta. Archived from the original on September 27, 2011. Retrieved March 4, 2010.
  18. ^ "Mrs. J.L. Robinson Wins Medicine Hat for Social Credit". The Lethbridge Daily Herald. December 22, 1953. pp. 1–2.
  19. ^ "Gas City Seat To Socreds in By-election". The Lethbridge Daily Herald. January 20, 1961. p. 2.
  20. ^ "Senate Nominee Election 2004 Tabulation of Official Results" (PDF). Elections Alberta. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 4, 2009. Retrieved March 1, 2010.
  21. ^ a b c d Alberta Gazette. 53 (December 31 ed.). Government of Alberta. 1957. pp. 2, 247–2, 249.
  22. ^ "Albertans Vote 2 to 1 For More Liquor Outlets". Vol L No 273. The Lethbridge Herald. October 31, 1957. pp. 1–2.
  23. ^ "No Sudden Change In Alberta Drinking Habits Is Seen". Vol L No 267. The Lethbridge Herald. October 24, 1957. p. 1.
  24. ^ "Entirely New Act On Liquor". Vol LI No 72. The Lethbridge Herald. March 5, 1958. p. 1.
  25. ^ "Bill 81". Alberta Bills 12th Legislature 1st Session. Government of Alberta. 1958. p. 40.
  26. ^ "School by School results". Student Vote Canada. Archived from the original on October 5, 2007. Retrieved 2008-04-27.
  27. ^ "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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