Calgary-Fort
Alberta electoral district
2010 boundaries
Defunct provincial electoral district
LegislatureLegislative Assembly of Alberta
District created1996
District abolished2017
First contested1997
Last contested2015

Calgary-Fort 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 1997 to 2019.

History

The Riding covers some of the cities older blue collar neighbourhoods including Forest Lawn, Dover, Inglewood, Lynwood Ridge, Ogden, Erin Woods and the Foothills Industrial Park. The riding was largely broken with three distinct residential sections surrounded by industrial areas.

The riding suffered from a number of environmental problems in recent years caused by heavy industry. Soil contamination from the old oil refinery in Lynwood Ridge has created a ghost town of houses in limbo. Canadian Pacific Railway has also been to blame for heavy soil contamination affecting residents along the tracks in Ogden by a chemical known as Trichloroethylene used as a track degreaser. In 1999 the Hub Oil refinery just east of Erin Woods exploded raining contamination on the neighbourhood. The riding also has a quarantined site where the Inglewood Refinery used to be for soil contamination problems.[1]

The riding had been a Progressive Conservative stronghold and was held continuously by PC MLA Wayne Cao since its creation in 1997 until the 2015 election, when the riding was won by New Democrat Joe Ceci.

Boundary history

The electoral district was created in the 1996 boundary re-distribution out of Calgary-East and named after the historical Fort Calgary.

The riding had significant changes in the 2010 Alberta boundary re-distribution, and was expanded to meet the new boundaries of the City of Calgary and gained some rural portions that had belonged to Foothills-Rocky View. The electoral district also gained the neighborhoods of Ramsay that was previously in Calgary-Egmont and East Village which was in Calgary-Buffalo. The riding also expanded south into industrial land that was formerly part of Calgary-Hays.[2]

The Calgary-Fort electoral district was dissolved in the 2017 electoral boundary re-distribution int Calgary-Peigan ahead of the 2019 Alberta general election.[3]

Electoral history

Members of the Legislative Assembly
for Calgary-Fort[5]
Assembly Years Member Party
See Calgary-East 1993–1997
24th 1997–2001 Wayne Cao Progressive
Conservative
25th 2001–2004
26th 2004–2008
27th 2008–2012
28th 2012–2015
29th 2015–2019 Joe Ceci New Democratic
See Calgary-Peigan 2019–

The electoral district of Calgary-Fort was created in the boundary re-distribution of 1997. The district covers central southeast Calgary and was carved primarily from Calgary-East. Progressive Conservative Wayne Cao won the district in the first election held in 1997 with just under half the popular vote.

Cao would run for his second term in 2001 and win a landslide victory winning almost 69% of the popular vote over a crowded field of eight candidates. He was re-elected in 2004 with a significantly reduced margin of victory taking just over half the popular vote.

Cao stood for a fourth term in the 2008 election and for the first time since 1997 he won less than half of the popular vote in one of the lowest voter turnout races in the province. Cao would retire prior to the 2015 Alberta general election[6] which saw New Democrat and former Calgary Councillor Joe Ceci elected in Calgary-Fort.

Legislature results

1997 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Wayne Cao 4,410 48.82%
Liberal Shirley-Anne Reuben 2,817 31.18%
Social Credit Bren Blanchet 916 10.14%
New Democratic Ken Sahil 891 9.86%
Total 9,034
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 53
Eligible electors / Turnout 21,947 41.40%
Progressive Conservative pickup new district.
Source(s)
Source: "Calgary-Fort Official Results 1997 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.
"1997 General Election". Elections Alberta. Retrieved June 15, 2020.
2001 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Wayne Cao 6,740 68.59% 19.77%
Liberal Brian Huskins 2,004 20.39% -10.79%
New Democratic Vinay Dey 501 5.10% -4.76%
Social Credit R. Chick Hurst 160 1.63% -8.51%
Greens Michael Alvarez-Toye 121 1.23%
Independent Metro Peter Demchynski 102 1.04%
Independent Brian Slater 100 1.02%
Alberta First Wyatt McIntyre 99 1.01%
Total 9,827
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 43
Eligible electors / Turnout 22,882 43.13% 1.73%
Progressive Conservative hold Swing 15.28%
Source(s)
Source: "Calgary-Fort Official Results 2001 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.
"2001 Statement of Official results Calgary-Fort" (PDF). Elections Alberta. Retrieved June 15, 2020.
2004 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Wayne Cao 4,137 53.86% -14.73%
Liberal Gerry Hart 1,786 23.25% 2.86%
New Democratic Elizabeth A. Thomas 584 7.60% 2.50%
Alberta Alliance Travis P. Chase 524 6.82%
Greens Tyler Charkie 439 5.72% 4.48%
Separation Leo Ollenberger 211 2.75% 1.71%1
Total 7,681
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 88
Eligible electors / Turnout 23,271 33.38% -9.75%
Progressive Conservative hold Swing -8.79%
Source(s)
Source: "Calgary-Fort Official Results 2004 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.
"Calgary-Fort Statement of Official Results 2004 Alberta general election" (PDF). Elections Alberta. Retrieved June 15, 2020.
Note: 1. Results change compared to Alberta First Party in the 2001 general election.
2008 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Wayne Cao 4,123 24.91% -28.95%
Liberal Carole Oliver 1,770 10.69% -12.56%
New Democratic Julie Hrdlicka 1,178 7.12% -0.49%
Wildrose Alliance Travis Chase 715 4.32% -2.50%
Green J. Mark Taylor 491 2.97% -2.78%
Total 16,554
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined N/A
Eligible electors / Turnout 27,035 61.23% 27.85%
Progressive Conservative hold Swing -8.20%
Source(s)
2012 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Wayne Cao 4,855 40.94% 16.03%
Wildrose Jeevan Mangat 4,711 39.73% 35.41%
Liberal Said Abdulbaki 1,180 9.95% -0.74%
New Democratic Don Monroe 796 6.71% -0.40%
Evergreen Janice Dixon 317 2.67% -0.30%
Total 11,859
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 110
Eligible electors / Turnout 27,215 43.98% -17.25%
Progressive Conservative hold Swing -6.50%
Source(s)
Source: "12 - Calgary-Fort Official Results 2012 Alberta general election". officialresults.elections.ab.ca. Elections Alberta. Retrieved June 15, 2020.
2015 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
New Democratic Joe Ceci 7,027 49.77% 43.05%
Progressive Conservative Andy Bao Nguyen 3,204 22.69% -18.25%
Wildrose Jeevan Mangat 3,003 21.27% -18.46%
Liberal Said Abdulbaki 476 3.37% -6.58%
Alberta Party Vic Goosen 410 2.90%
Total 14,120
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 114
Eligible electors / Turnout 32,411 43.92% -0.06%
New Democratic gain from Progressive Conservative Swing 12.93%
Source(s)
Source: "12 - Calgary-Fort Official Results 2015 Alberta general election". officialresults.elections.ab.ca. Elections Alberta. Retrieved May 21, 2020.

Senate nominee results

2004 Senate nominee election district results

2004 Senate nominee election results: Calgary-Fort[7] Turnout 33.21%
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Votes % Ballots Rank
Progressive Conservative Bert Brown 3,587 16.92% 52.83% 1
Progressive Conservative Betty Unger 2,797 13.19% 41.23% 2
Progressive Conservative Jim Silye 2,665 12.57% 39.28% 5
Progressive Conservative Cliff Breitkreuz 2,274 10.73% 33.52% 3
Progressive Conservative David Usherwood 2,028 9.57% 29.89% 6
Independent Link Byfield 1,869 8.82% 27.55% 4
Independent Tom Sindlinger 1,511 7.13% 22.27% 9
Alberta Alliance Vance Gough 1,509 7.12% 22.24% 8
Alberta Alliance Michael Roth 1,491 7.03% 21.98% 7
Alberta Alliance Gary Horan 1,470 6.92% 21.67% 10
Total Votes 21,201 100%
Total Ballots 6,784 3.13 Votes Per Ballot
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 945
23,271 Eligible Electors

Voters had the option of selecting 4 Candidates on the Ballot

2012 Senate nominee election district results

Student Vote results

2004 election

Participating Schools[8]
Ian Bazalgette Jr. High School
Sherwood 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 Wayne Cao 53 38.13%
Green Tyler Charkie 40 28.78%
AB Liberal Gerry Hart 25 17.99%
Alberta Alliance Travis Chase 8 5.75%
Separation Leo Ollenberger 7 5.04%
New Democratic Elizabeth Thomas 6 4.31%
Total 139 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 0

2012 election

2012 Alberta Student Vote results
Affiliation Candidate Votes %
Progressive Conservative Jason Luan %
Wildrose Jeevan Mangat %
Liberal Said Abdulbaki %
New Democratic Don Monroe %
Social Credit %
Total 100%

See also

References

  1. ^ McIntosh, Emma (April 30, 2018). "After $31-million cleanup, former refinery site in Calgary to reopen as park". StarMetro Calgary. StarMetro Calgary. Retrieved June 15, 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. ISBN 978-0-9865367-1-7. Retrieved May 29, 2020.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ Electoral Divisions Act, S.A. 2003, c. E-4.1
  5. ^ "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.
  6. ^ "After five terms, Calgary MLA Wayne Cao joins list of Tories not running again". Calgary Herald. Calgary Herald. February 15, 2015. Retrieved June 15, 2020.
  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 April 18, 2008.
  9. ^ "Riding by Riding Results - the Candidates". Student Vote Canada. Archived from the original on October 6, 2007. Retrieved April 19, 2008.

Further reading

Coordinates: 51°00′00″N 113°58′01″W / 51.00°N 113.967°W / 51.00; -113.967