Wood River (electoral district)

Wood River is a provincial electoral district for the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan, Canada. Located in southern Saskatchewan, the district was created by the Representation Act, 1994 (Saskatchewan) out of parts of the former Assiniboia-Gravelbourg and Shaunavon constituencies. The district takes its name from the R.M. of Wood River, which is located in the center of the constituency.

Wood River
Saskatchewan electoral district
Saskatchewan 2012 Wood River.svg
Provincial electoral district
LegislatureLegislative Assembly of Saskatchewan
MLA
 
 
 
Dave Marit
Saskatchewan
District created1994
First contested1995
Last contested2020
Demographics
Electors10,005
Census division(s)Division 3, 4, 7, 8

Communities in the riding include the towns of Assiniboia, Ponteix, Rockglen, Gravelbourg, Mossbank and Lafleche; and the villages of Vanguard, Wood Mountain, Hodgeville, Mankota, Bracken and Val Marie.

Members of the Legislative AssemblyEdit

Legislature Years Member Party
23rd 1995 – 1999     Glen McPherson Liberal
24th 1999 – 2000
2000 – 2003     Yogi Huyghebaert Saskatchewan Party
25th 2003 – 2007
26th 2007 – 2011
27th 2011 – 2016
28th 2016 – 2020 Dave Marit Saskatchewan Party
29th 2020 – present

Election resultsEdit

2020 Saskatchewan general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Saskatchewan Dave Marit 6,413 82.79 +6.72
New Democratic Roger Morgan 1,085 14.01 +1.71
Green Kimberly Soo Goodtrack 248 3.20 +0.72
Total valid votes 7,746 99.41
Total rejected ballots 46 0.59
Turnout 7,792
Eligible voters
Saskatchewan hold Swing
Source: Elections Saskatchewan
2016 Saskatchewan general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Saskatchewan Dave Marit 6,125 76.07 -6.03
New Democratic Brenda Shenher 991 12.30 -2.42
Progressive Conservative Brian Archer 544 6.75 -
Green Judy Mergel 200 2.48 -0.77
Liberal Edward Ives 191 2.37 -
Total valid votes 8,051 100.0  
Eligible voters
Source: Elections Saskatchewan[1][2]
2011 Saskatchewan general election: Wood River electoral district
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Saskatchewan D.F. (Yogi) Huyghebaert 5,354 82.03 +12.44
  NDP Randy Gaudry 961 14.72 -2.54
Green Amelia Swiderski 212 3.25 +1.02
Total 6,527 100.00%
2007 Saskatchewan general election: Wood River electoral district
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Saskatchewan D.F. (Yogi) Huyghebaert 5,323 69.59 +14.27
  NDP Steve Ryan 1,320 17.26 -8.72
Liberal Michael Klein 768 10.04 -6.03
Green Lynn Arrayel 171 2.23 -
Western Independence Rocky Young 67 0.88 -1.75
Total 7,649 100.00%
2003 Saskatchewan general election: Wood River electoral district
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Saskatchewan D.F. (Yogi) Huyghebaert 4,350 55.32 -9.77
  NDP Trevor Davies 2,043 25.98 +9.02
Liberal Louis Stringer 1,264 16.07 +4.52
Western Independence Nick Yorga 207 2.63
Total 7,864 100.00%
2000 By-election: Wood River electoral district[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Saskatchewan D.F. (Yogi) Huyghebaert 4,384 65.09 +25.35
  NDP Robert Anderson 1,142 16.96 -3.55
Liberal Jerry Ruehs 778 11.55 -28.20
New Green Peter Borch 431 6.40
Total 6,735 100.00%
1999 Saskatchewan general election: Wood River electoral district
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Glen McPherson 3,163 39.75 -8.27
Saskatchewan D.F. (Yogi) Huyghebaert 3,162 39.74
  NDP Robert Anderson 1,632 20.51 -9.89
Total 7,957 100.00%
1995 Saskatchewan general election: Wood River electoral district
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Glen McPherson 4,146 48.02
  NDP Allen Engel 2,624 30.40
  Prog. Conservative D.F. (Yogi) Huyghebaert 1,863 21.58
Total 8,633 100.00%

1999 Election controversyEdit

In 1999, a controversy erupted in the Wood River constituency as Saskatchewan Party candidate Yogi Huyghebaert tied Liberal candidate Glen McPherson. The returning officer cast the deciding vote in favour of McPherson, giving the Liberals four seats. This result was later thrown out in court and a by-election was ordered in June 2000. McPherson did not run and Huyghebaert then won a resounding victory.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Register of Official Candidates by Constituency - March 19 - FINAL" (PDF). Elections Saskatchewan. 19 March 2016. Retrieved 23 March 2016.
  2. ^ "2016 General Election Results". Elections Saskatchewan. 4 April 2016. Retrieved 7 November 2016.
  3. ^ Wood River By-Election 2000. Elections Saskatchewan. Retrieved May 23, 2009.

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 49°40′N 106°50′W / 49.667°N 106.833°W / 49.667; -106.833