Edmonton-Strathcona
Alberta electoral district
Edmonton-Strathcona 2017.svg
Edmonton-Strathcona within the City of Edmonton, 2017 boundaries.
Provincial electoral district
LegislatureLegislative Assembly of Alberta
MLA
 
 
 
Rachel Notley
New Democratic
District created1971
First contested1971
Last contested2019

Edmonton-Strathcona is a provincial electoral district for the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, Canada. It shares the same name as the federal electoral district of Edmonton Strathcona.

The boundaries of Edmonton-Strathcona include the neighbourhoods of Garneau, Strathcona, Queen Alexandra, Pleasantview, Allendale, Malmo Plains, Empire Park, Bonnie Doon and Idylwylde, and encompasses the historic district of Old Strathcona.[1]

History

The electoral district has existed since 1971, it was created from Strathcona Centre. The boundaries have changed repeatedly.

The 2010 boundary redistribution made some changes to the boundaries. The northwestern corner of the riding had some small alterations with Edmonton-Riverview. The parcel of land that comprised the east portion of the riding to give it its distinctive ell shape was expanded from Whyte Avenue south to 63 Avenue in land that was part of Edmonton-Mill Creek the eastern border was expanded out to run on the Mill Creek Ravine with Edmonton-Gold Bar.

In the 2015 provincial election, it was the only riding in the province that did not have a Wildrose Party candidate.

Boundary history

Representation history

Members of the Legislative Assembly for Edmonton-Strathcona
Assembly Years Member Party
See: Strathcona Centre 1959–1971
17th 1971–1975 Julian Koziak Progressive
Conservative
18th 1975–1979
19th 1979–1982
20th 1982–1986
21st 1986–1989 Gordon Wright New Democrat
22nd 1989–1990
1990 Vacant
1990–1993 Barrie Chivers New Democrat
23rd 1993–1997 Al Zariwny Liberal
24th 1997–2001 Raj Pannu New Democrat
25th 2001–2004
26th 2004–2008
27th 2008–2012 Rachel Notley
28th 2012–2015
29th 2015–2019
30th 2019-

The electoral district was created from the constituency of Strathcona-Centre and was first contested in 1971. Changing from a long history of electing Social Credit MLAs in the area, the constituency elected Conservative Julian Koziak from the Conservative landslide of 1971 to a local NDP breakthrough in 1986. In that period, the Conservative candidate was usually elected by a minority of the valid votes, the other votes were split between the SC, Liberal, NDP and other candidates.

Since 1975, the constituency has been one of the more left-leaning ridings in Edmonton and has held by either the NDP (1986–1993, 1997–present) or the Liberals (1993–1997) without interruption since 1986.

The election of 1971 saw a hotly contested three-way race as incumbent Social Credit MLA J. Donovan Ross ran for his sixth term in office. He had served as MLA for the predecessor district Strathcona Centre starting in 1959 and previously as an MLA for the multi-member Edmonton constituency starting in 1952. He was defeated by Progressive Conservative candidate Julian Koziak who won just under half the votes in the constituency. Partly on the strength of a clean sweep of Edmonton, the Tories pushed out Social Credit to win government for the first time. The out-going SC MLA came in second. This was the last good showing of the SC in the district as it drifted off the scene. NDP candidate Timothy Christian polled a strong vote, carrying on the strong showing of the NDP that had previously been shown in that part of Edmonton since the formation of the Alberta NDP in 1962.

Koziak ran for his second term in 1975 and faced a hotly contested race against future NDP MLA Gordon Wright. Koziak was reelected after increasing his share of the vote to 54%, and was appointed to the provincial cabinet by Peter Lougheed in 1975. Koziak and Wright would face each other four more times. Although this was during the height of the Lougheed government's popularity, Wright managed to narrow the margin each time. By 1982 Wright received only 500 fewer votes than Koziak, while Koziak won with about 48 percent of the votes cast.

The 1986 election, which saw the NDP win a record number of seats (16) in the province (up to that time), established the constituency as a stronghold for the NDP. On his sixth attempt for the seat, Wright won in resounding fashion, defeating Koziak by almost 17 points. He won his second term in 1989 with a reduced majority and died a year later on October 18, 1990, leaving the seat vacant. A by-election was held in December 1990 and returned NDP candidate Barrie Chivers with a large majority.

Chivers ran for a second term in office in the 1993 election. He was defeated by Liberal candidate Al Zariwny, who won the riding with just under 40% of the vote. The Liberals swept Edmonton that year, due in part to a massive surge under its leader Laurence Decore, a former Edmonton mayor.

Zariwny did not stand for a second term in office in 1997 and the riding returned NDP candidate Raj Pannu by 58 votes over Liberal candidate Mary McDonald. That race was split almost three ways, with Pannu winning with just 31% of the vote. The third-placing candidate, Progressive Conservative John Logan, finished just 176 votes behind Pannu.

The NDP chose Pannu to be leader of the party in 2000. He ran for a second term a year later in 2001 under the slogan Raj Against the Machine. He was re-elected with a large majority, winning over half the vote. Pannu ceded the leadership of the NDP to Brian Mason in 2004. He ran for his second term in office and won the highest vote count in Edmonton-Strathcona history, with over 60%. Pannu retired from public life at dissolution of the Legislature in 2008.

The current MLA is Rachel Notley who was first elected in the 2008 election. She was re-elected in the 2012 provincial election with the highest share of the vote of any MLA in Alberta, and subsequently became the Premier of Alberta following the results of the 2015 provincial election after succeeding Brian Mason as the leader of the NDP.

Legislature results

Elections in the 1970s

1971 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Julian Koziak 4,541 49.97%
Social Credit Joseph Donovan Ross 2,973 32.71%
New Democratic Timothy Christian 1,574 17.32%
Total 9,088
Rejected, spoiled and declined 46
Eligible electors / turnout 13,051 69.99%
Progressive Conservative pickup new district.
Source(s)
Source: "Edmonton-Strathcona Official Results 1971 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.
1975 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Julian Koziak 3,996 54.45% 4.48%
New Democratic Gordon S.B. Wright 2,108 28.72% 11.40%
Social Credit Betty Horch 768 10.46% -22.25%
Liberal Arthur Yates 415 5.65%
Communist Kimball Cariou 28 0.38%
Constitutional Socialist Harry Garfinkel 24 0.33%
Total 7,339
Rejected, spoiled and declined 32
Eligible electors / turnout 13,268 55.55% -14.43%
Progressive Conservative hold Swing 4.24%
Source(s)
Source: "Edmonton-Strathcona Official Results 1975 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.
1979 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Julian Koziak 5,464 44.99% -9.46%
New Democratic Gordon S.B. Wright 4,808 39.59% 10.87%
Social Credit E.J.C. Charman 927 7.63% -2.83%
Liberal George Walton 739 6.08% 0.43%
Independent PC Gerry Ball 155 1.28%
Communist Joseph Hill 52 0.43% 0.05%
Total 12,145
Rejected, spoiled and declined 14
Eligible electors / turnout 17,995 67.57% 12.01%
Progressive Conservative hold Swing -10.16%
Source(s)
Source: "Edmonton-Strathcona Official Results 1979 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.

Elections in the 1980s

1982 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Julian Koziak 7,105 47.90% 2.91%
New Democratic Gordon S.B. Wright 6,643 44.78% 5.19%
Western Canada Concept Randy Coombes 743 5.01%
Reform Murray W. Scambler 279 1.88%
Communist Joe Hill 64 0.43% 0.00%
Total 14,834
Rejected, spoiled and declined 51
Eligible electors / turnout 20,216 73.63% 6.06%
Progressive Conservative hold Swing -1.14%
Source(s)
Source: "Edmonton-Strathcona Official Results 1982 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.
1986 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
New Democratic Gordon S.B. Wright 6,443 54.15% 9.37%
Progressive Conservative Julian Koziak 4,467 37.54% -10.35%
Liberal Peter Schneider 788 6.62%
Representative Shane Gordon Venner 102 0.86%
Western Canada Concept Dexter B. Dombro 72 0.61% -4.40%
Communist Robin Boodle 26 0.22% -0.21%
Total 11,898
Rejected, spoiled and declined 25
Eligible electors / Turnout 20,815 57.28% -16.35%
New Democratic gain from Progressive Conservative Swing 6.75%
Source(s)
Source: "Edmonton-Strathcona Official Results 1986 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.
1989 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
New Democratic Gordon S.B. Wright 6,696 52.08% -2.07%
Progressive Conservative Jack Scott 3,724 28.96% -8.58%
Liberal Philip Lister 2,437 18.95% 12.33%
Total 12,857
Rejected, spoiled and declined 48
Eligible electors / turnout 21,696 59.48% 2.20%
New Democratic hold Swing 8.26%
Source(s)

Source: "Edmonton-Strathcona Official Results 1989 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.
Source:Office of the Chief Electoral Officer; Legislative Assembly Office (2006). A Century of Democracy: Elections of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, 1905-2005. The Centennial Series. Edmonton, AB: Legislative Assembly of Alberta. p. 369. ISBN 0-9689217-8-7. Retrieved May 25, 2020.

Note:Alberta Heritage Community Foundation incorrectly lists Philip Lister's vote total as 4,237, when it was 2,437.

Elections in the 1990s

December 17, 1990 by-election results[3] Turnout 48.51% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
New Democratic Barrie Chivers 4,927 52.76% 7.08%
Liberal Nadene Thomas 2,252 24.11% -1.82%
Progressive Conservative Eric Young 1,512 16.19% -9.22%
Greens Betty Paschen 424 4.54%
Social Credit Robert Alford 224 2.40%
Total 9,339
Rejected, spoiled and declined 24
Eligible electors / Turnout 19,252  %
  NDP hold Swing 4.45%
1993 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Al Zariwny 6,542 39.40% 15.30%
New Democratic Barrie Chivers 5,121 30.85% -21.91%
Progressive Conservative Don Grimble 4,071 24.52% 8.33%
Social Credit Patrick D. Ellis 460 2.77% 0.37%
Greens Elizabeth Paschen 253 1.52% -3.02%
Natural Law E. Benjamin Toane 108 0.65%
Communist Naomi J. Rankin 47 0.28%
Total 16,602
Rejected, spoiled and declined 60
Eligible electors / turnout 26,440 63.02% 14.38%
Liberal gain from New Democratic Swing 18.61%
Source(s)
Source: "Edmonton-Strathcona Official Results 1993 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.
1997 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
New Democratic Raj Pannu 4,272 31.84% 0.99%
Liberal Mary MacDonald 4,214 31.41% -8.00%
Progressive Conservative John Logan 4,096 30.53% 6.01%
Social Credit John Forget 552 4.11% 1.34%
Greens Myles Kitagawa 236 1.76% 0.24%
Natural Law Eshwar Jagdeo 47 0.35% -0.30%
Total 13,417
Rejected, spoiled and declined 41
Eligible electors / turnout 23,886 56.34% -6.68%
New Democratic gain from Liberal Swing -4.06%
Source(s)
Source: "Edmonton-Strathcona Official Results 1997 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.

Elections in the 2000s

2001 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
New Democratic Raj Pannu 6,998 50.61% 18.77%
Progressive Conservative John Logan 4,749 34.35% 3.82%
Liberal Jim Jacuta 1,944 14.06% -17.35%
Alberta First James Lakinn 136 0.98%
Total 13,827
Rejected, spoiled and declined 20 27 10
Eligible electors / turnout 24,381 56.84% 0.49%
New Democratic hold Swing 7.92%
Source(s)
Source: Elections Alberta (March 12, 2001). "Edmonton-Strathcona official results 2001 Alberta general election" (PDF). Retrieved October 6, 2020.
2004 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
New Democratic Raj Pannu 7,463 60.66% 10.04%
Progressive Conservative Shannon Stubbs 2,266 18.42% -15.93%
Liberal Steven Leard 1,854 15.07% 1.01%
Green Adrian Cole 288 2.34%
Alberta Alliance Jeremy Burns 273 2.22%
Social Credit Kelly Graham 160 1.30%
Total 12,304
Rejected, spoiled and declined 77 10 2
Eligible electors / turnout 24,830 49.87% -6.96%
New Democratic hold Swing 12.99%
Source(s)
2008 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
New Democratic Rachel Notley 5,862 49.32% −11.33%
Progressive Conservative T.J. Keil 3,031 25.50% 7.09%
Liberal Tim Vant 2,452 20.63% 5.56%
Green Adrian Cole 540 4.54% 2.20%
Total 11,885
Rejected, spoiled and declined 36 17 26
Eligible electors / turnout 30,390 39.31% −10.56%
New Democratic hold Swing −9.21%
Source(s)
Source: "41 – Edmonton-Strathcona, 2008 Alberta general election". officialresults.elections.ab.ca. Elections Alberta. Retrieved May 21, 2020.
The Report on the March 3, 2008 Provincial General Election of the Twenty-seventh Legislative Assembly. Elections Alberta. pp. 336–339.

Elections in the 2010s

2012 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
New Democratic Rachel Notley 9,496 62.58% 13.25%
Progressive Conservative Emerson Mayers 3,038 20.02% −5.48%
Wildrose Meagen LaFave 1,788 11.78%
Liberal Ed Ramsden 670 4.42% −16.22%
Evergreen Terry Noel 183 1.21% −3.33%
Total 15,175
Rejected, spoiled and declined 80 55 28
Eligible electors / turnout 28,079 54.43% 15.12%
New Democratic hold Swing 9.37%
Source(s)
Source: "45 – Edmonton-Strathcona, 2012 Alberta general election". officialresults.elections.ab.ca. Elections Alberta. Retrieved May 21, 2020.
2015 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
New Democratic Rachel Notley 13,592 82.42% 19.84%
Progressive Conservative Shelley Wegner 2,242 13.59% −6.43%
Liberal Steve Kochan 658 3.99% −0.43%
Total 16,492
Rejected, spoiled and declined 78 42 71
Eligible electors / Turnout 32,976 50.46% −3.96%
New Democratic hold Swing 13.13%
Source(s)
Source: "45 - Edmonton-Strathcona, 2015 Alberta general election". officialresults.elections.ab.ca. Elections Alberta. Retrieved May 21, 2020.
2019 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
New Democratic Rachel Notley 14,724 72.27% −10.14%
United Conservative Kulshan Gill 3,481 17.09% 3.58%
Alberta Party Prem Pal 1,139 5.59%
Progressive Conservative Gary Horan 297 1.46% −12.14%
Liberal Samantha Hees 239 1.17% −2.82%
Green Stuart Andrews 227 1.11%
Independence Ian Smythe 86 0.42%
Alberta Advantage Don Edward Meister 62 0.30%
Communist Naomi J. Rankin 61 0.30%
Wildrose Dale Doan 57 0.28%
Independent Gord McLean 49 0.24%
Total valid ballots cast 20,422
Rejected, spoiled and declined 111 60 17
Eligible electors / turnout 31,695 65.03% 14.56%
New Democratic hold Swing −6.82%
Source(s)
Source: "44 - Edmonton-Strathcona, 2019 Alberta general election". officialresults.elections.ab.ca. Elections Alberta. Retrieved May 21, 2020.

Senate nominee results

2004 Alberta Senate nominee election: Edmonton-Strathcona
Party Candidate Votes % votes % ballots Place
Independent Link Byfield 3,780 16.52 47.76 4
Progressive Conservative Betty Unger 3,381 14.77 42.72 2
Independent Tom Sindlinger 3,221 14.07 40.70 9
Progressive Conservative Bert Brown 2,123 9.28 26.83 1
Progressive Conservative Cliff Breitkreuz 2,084 9.11 26.33 3
Alberta Alliance Michael Roth 1,924 8.41 24.31 7
Progressive Conservative David Usherwood 1,667 7.28 21.06 6
Alberta Alliance Vance Gough 1,663 7.27 21.06 8
Alberta Alliance Gary Horan 1,627 7.11 20.56 10
Progressive Conservative Jim Silye 1,418 6.18 17.92 5
Total valid votes / Total valid ballots 22,888 7,914
Rejected, spoiled and declined 4,335
Registered voters / Turnout 24,830 31.87
Source(s)
"Senate Nominee Election 2004 Tabulation of Official Results" (PDF). Elections Alberta. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 4, 2009. Retrieved February 28, 2010.
2012 Alberta Senate nominee election: Edmonton-Strathcona
Party Candidate Votes % votes % ballots Place
Evergreen Elizabeth Johannson 3,463 13.47 31.49 7
Progressive Conservative Doug Black 3,246 12.63 29.52 1
Independent Ian Urquhart 2,959 11.51 26.91 10
Progressive Conservative Scott Tannas 2,508 9.76 22.81 2
Progressive Conservative Mike Shaikh 2,399 9.33 21.82 3
Independent Len Bracko 1,985 7.72 18.05 8
Independent David Fletcher 1,770 6.89 16.10 9
Independent Paul Frank 1,354 5.27 12.31 11
Independent William Exelby 1,328 5.17 12.08 12
Wildrose Raymond Germain 1,256 4.89 11.42 5
Wildrose Rob Gregory 1,241 4.83 11.29 4
Wildrose Vitor Marciano 1,120 4.36 10.19 6
Independent Perry Chahal 1,077 4.19 9.79 13
Total valid votes / Total valid ballots 25,706 10,996
Rejected, spoiled and declined 3,947
Registered voters / Turnout 28,079 39.16
Source(s)
Elections Alberta. "Senate Nominee Election Tabulation of Official Results" (PDF). Retrieved December 16, 2017.

Student Vote results

Participating Schools[4]
Strathcona High 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[5]
Affiliation Candidate Votes %
  NDP Raj Pannu 350 37.35%
  Liberal Stephen Leard 279 29.78%
Progressive Conservative Shannon Stubbs 177 18.89%
Green Adrian Cole 73 7.79%
Alberta Alliance Jeremy Burns 37 3.95%
Social Credit Kelly Graham 21 2.24%
Total 937 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 1
2012 Alberta Student Vote results[6]
Affiliation Candidate Votes %
  NDP Rachel Notley 588 32.54%
Progressive Conservative Emerson Mayers 461 25.51%
  Liberal Ed Ramsden 413 22.86%
Wildrose Meagen LeFave 205 11.34%
Evergreen Terry Noel 140 7.75%
Total 1,807 100%

See also

References

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on May 29, 2009. Retrieved December 2, 2009.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "E‑4.1". Statutes of the Province of Alberta. Government of Alberta. 2003. p. 21.
  3. ^ "Edmonton-Strathcona By-election official results". Elections Alberta. October 18, 1990. Archived from the original on June 7, 2009. Retrieved February 6, 2012.
  4. ^ "School by School results". Student Vote Canada. Archived from the original on October 5, 2007. Retrieved April 18, 2008.
  5. ^ "Riding by Riding Results - the Candidates". Student Vote Canada. Archived from the original on October 6, 2007. Retrieved April 19, 2008.
  6. ^ "Edmonton-Strathcona". Student Vote Canada. Retrieved June 6, 2012.

Further reading

Legislative Assembly of Alberta Preceded byCalgary-Foothills Constituency represented by the premier of Alberta 2015–2019 Succeeded byCalgary-Lougheed

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