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2004 General Election

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The Report of the Chief Electoral Officer on the 2004 Provincial Enumeration and Monday, November 22, 2004 Provincial General Election of the Twenty-sixth Legislative Assembly. Click on the following parts to download the full report in PDF format. Please be advised that the following pdf files are fairly large due to the amount of maps contained in the report. You may also request a hard copy by contacting our Office.
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Click to download List of Members elected to the 26th Legislative Assembly (MLA)
Summary of Results by Electoral Division

Overview
Challenges
Election Training
Advertising
Elector Information
Election Calendar
Legislative and Procedural Changes
Nominated Candidates
Special Ballot Polls
Advance Polls
Mobile Polls
Polling Day
Additions to the Lists of Electors
Accuracy of the Lists of Electors
Official Results
Judicial Recount
Custody and Inspection of Election Documents
Continuous Register of Electors Management
Candidates' Deposits
Cost Summary Overview
Table 5: 2004 General Election Cost Summary by Electoral Division
Election Expenses - Fees and Associated Costs
Election Fees and Expenses Regulation, August 2004 (Extract)
Election Finances and Contributions Disclosure Act
Candidate Registration
Candidate's Campaign Period Financial Statements
Senate Nominee Election Highlights
Remarks of the Chief Electoral Officer
Members Elected to the Twenty-sixth Legislative Assembly
Summary of Results by Electoral Divisons
Comparative Statistics-General Elections 1979-2004
Candidate Summary of Results
Electoral Summary
List of Returning Officers (Enumeration & General Election)

Statements of Official Results

Overview....

The election was conducted on the boundaries described in the Electoral Divisions Act, which was proclaimed into effect along with the issuance of the writs for the Provincial General Election. Electoral division boundaries had been adjusted following the independent review of the 2002/2003 Alberta Electoral Boundaries Commission and the May 2003 acceptance of the revised electoral division boundaries by the Legislative Assembly. Order in Council 545/2004 proclaimed the new electoral division boundaries in force on October 25, 2004.

Order in Council 544/2004 dissolved the Twenty-fifth Legislative Assembly on October 25, 2004, and Order 546/2004 signalled the commencement of the Provincial General Election by ordering the Chief Electoral Officer to issue Writs of Election to each of the 83 Returning Officers, pursuant to Section 40 of the Election Act.

Challenges....

Albertans went to the polls on November 22, 2004 for the third time in six months; our event was preceded by the federal election on June 28, 2004 and the municipal elections on October 18, 2004. Election process varies between events due to the differences in legislation governing each event and this can be confusing to the electorate. It was a particular challenge to effectively communicate to electors that elector eligibility criteria, polling places, voting hours, and voting options varied from the two electoral events preceding the Provincial General Election.

This challenge was compounded by the fact that electors went to the polls on new electoral division boundaries. Electors had become accustomed to the names of provincial electoral divisions that were in place since 1997, or electoral boundary names used during the municipal or federal elections.

Elections Alberta enhanced advertising, Internet presence and expanded the hours of operation for the phone-in Voter Information Centre to address these challenges. The website provided information such as polling place location, electoral division maps, hours of voting at the advance polls and on Polling Day, candidate listings and linkages (where available), and various voting options during over 470,000 site visits. The Voter Information Centre responded to over 16,000 phone-in queries, mainly regarding polling place location and the election process.

Other challenges arose from the administration of the Senate Nominee Election. It was important to notify electors of the event and to provide clear instruction for marking ballots. Unlike the Provincial General Election, electors were able to mark their ballots for up to four candidates.

This challenge extended to the training of election officers who were called upon to answer questions related to the historic event and, later, to count the ballots. Directions were provided verbally by election officers, in written form via the posters in each polling place, and in a multilingual written translation for electors who required that service.

Administering the two parallel events, and particularly tabulating the unofficial results, was a time-consuming process. Unofficial results were not available as quickly as in the past. Although notification of the expected delay was provided by Elections Alberta in advance, the delay in viewing unofficial results frustrated some stakeholders.

Election Training....

Returning Officers had selected individuals to assist them with the conduct of the election in advance of the event. Staff appointments were made upon receipt of the Writ of Election.

Each Returning Officer had an election clerk to assist them and to replace them in the event that the Returning Officer was unable to fulfil their duties. A legislative change allowed the recruitment of an additional staff person for the first time: an administrative assistant, whose responsibilities included data entry and Special Ballot poll management. Sixty-four Returning Officers hired an administrative assistant on a full-time basis, while 14 hired an individual part-time and 5 did not hire an administrative assistant.

Elections Alberta provided training to Returning Officers, election clerks and administrative assistants to prepare them to fulfil their duties. They received appropriate resources to provide standardized training to supervisory deputy returning officers, registration officers and deputy returning officers. As in past elections, poll clerks were briefed on their responsibilities by the deputy returning officers and followed the directions provided in the updated “Guide for Polling Place Officials”.

Returning Officers used those resources to train 7,270 electors to staff the polls on Polling Day. This demanding task is accomplished by Returning Officers in the latter part of the twenty-eight day election period. As with the enumeration, the election is a very labour-intensive process: 72% of the election budget is allocated to election officers’ fees.

Advertising....

The maps completed by Returning Officers in March 2004 were used in advertisements and posted at the polling places. Maps had been updated with new civic address data, where available, to ensure currency and accuracy.

In accordance with legislation, maps of each electoral division were advertised in newspapers of general circulation on two occasions during the election period. The first advertisement appeared in the first week of November, and included Election Proclamation information, Returning Officers’ office hours and contact information, qualifications for Special Ballot voters, and information regarding the availability of level access in the Returning Officers’ offices and advance polling places.

The second advertisement appeared in mid November, and included information on regular, advance and Special Ballot polls, along with the polling place maps.

Both advertisements appeared as inserts in the Edmonton and Calgary daily newspapers. Inserts included information for electoral divisions that shared a boundary with the cities, along with the electoral divisions within the two cities. As an added service, both inserts were hand-delivered to all residences of non-subscribers in Edmonton, Calgary and most urban centres in adjacent electoral divisions to best disseminate information to all electors.

Additional generic advertisements were published throughout the election period to encourage electors to obtain necessary polling day information from the Voter Information Centre or the Elections Alberta website. The advertisements appeared in 9 daily newspapers and 103 weekly newspapers.

Elector Information....

Electors had access to information throughout the election period from a number of sources. Information was compiled and made available on a timely basis, given that all activities in the electoral cycle occur following the issuance of the Writs of Election.

Returning Officers secured office space as soon as the Writs were issued, and contact information for them was available early in the election period. Offices were open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on weekdays and from noon to 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays. Extended hours were offered on key dates of the election period.

All Returning Officers had received furniture and election supplies by day three of the election period; in the interim, they were able to provide prospective candidates with necessary documentation and electors with Special Ballot packages. Returning Officers were able to respond to stakeholders’ immediate concerns even though the 80 tonnes of election supplies took three days to deliver across the province.

Locations of polling places were selected after the issuance of the Writs and made available to callers by day five of the election period, both on the website and through telephone contact.

Candidates’ nominations closed at 2:00 p.m. on the fourteenth day following the issuance of the Writs, and a listing of candidates for 82 electoral divisions was available on the website later that day. A complete listing of candidates for the electoral division of Bonnyville-Cold Lake was added the following day, following repair of the telecommunications cables which had been severed, cutting off telephone and Internet service to that region.

Elections Alberta’s website provided answers to commonly asked questions regarding polling place locations, eligibility criteria and availability of voter assistance. For the first time, electors were able to determine their polling place location following data entry of their civic address or rural legal land description. Electors were also able to confirm their inclusion on the List of Electors after entering the personal information necessary to confirm their identity and prohibit information gathering by unauthorized sources.

The website also included statistical information from previous events, an election calendar highlighting the key dates in the election period, contact information for Returning Officers across the province, and a listing of candidates for each electoral division (with website links, where available).

At the close of polls on Polling Day, electors were able to obtain unofficial results, as that information was entered by Returning Officers. The portion of the website containing poll by poll results, and aggregate results by party, was visited over 112,000 times on Polling Day.

The Voter Information Centre handled over 16,000 calls throughout the election period, including 6,327 on Polling Day. Operators were available 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on weekdays, and 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on weekends. Operators answered general inquiries and directed electors to their polling places.

Electors who were unable to obtain the information they required from the Returning Officer, Voter Information Centre or website were able to contact Elections Alberta by email. Email queries were answered on a timely basis, particularly the 447 where-to-vote queries received on Polling Day.

This combination of resources was designed to accommodate electors round-the-clock. Electors have, in past, expressed their concern that providing information during regular business hours does not always accommodate their schedules. The increased hours of operation and means for providing information have been adopted to address that concern.

Election Calendar....

The election calendar posted on the website highlighted the following key dates:

Monday, October 25 Issuance of the Writs of Election to Returning Officers in the 83 electoral divisions
Saturday, October 30 First day for electors to be added to the List of Electors in the Returning Officers’ offices
Monday, November 8 at 2:00 PM Last opportunity for Candidates to file Nomination Papers in the Returning Officers’ offices
Saturday, November 13 at 4:00 PM Last opportunity for electors to be added to the List of Electors in the Returning Officers’ offices
Thursday, November 18 First day to vote in the Advance Polls (9:00 AM to 8:00 PM)
Friday, November 19 Second day to vote in the Advance Polls (9:00 AM to 8:00 PM)
Saturday, November 20 Final day to vote in the Advance Polls (9:00 AM to 8:00 PM)
Monday, November 22 POLLING DAY Polls open from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM; unofficial results web-posted
Thursday, December 2 Official results announced by the Returning Officers in the 83 electoral divisions

Legislative and Procedural Changes....

A comprehensive review of the Election Act resulted in almost 200 changes that were in effect for the 2004 electoral events. Many revisions were made to clarify or update the legislation, or to allow for increased administrative efficiencies. Others were to enhance the front-line service provided to electors.

The following are highlights of some of the changes to the Election Act:

Access to publicly held elector information, on a cost recovery basis, was expanded to allow Elections Alberta to economically update the Register of Electors using data held by public agencies.

Enumerators were able to contact electors by telephone, where distances were a consideration, and to accept elector information provided by telephone.

Access to multiple dwelling sites (including apartments and condominiums) was clarified to facilitate entry by enumerators and campaign workers. Returning Officers provided identification to enumerators and campaign workers to assist in this regard.

Advance poll eligibility has been expanded to accommodate electors who believe they will be unable to vote on Polling Day.

Two new election officer positions were available: administrative assistants, within the offices of the Returning Officers; and registration officers, within polling places holding multiple polling stations. Both positions were instituted to improve service to electors, the latter by streamlining the process of adding electors to the Lists of Electors on Polling Day.

Poll Books were revised to include the List of Electors. This streamlined the voting process for electors whose names were included in the Register of Electors.

Election officers were able to provide cover-off of any position within a polling place to avoid disruptions in service due to sudden absence or illness. Polling stations could be opened with only one election officer in attendance, if necessary, to avoid possible delays.

Electors who are unable to vote in the usual manner due to a physical incapacity or inability to read the ballot have expanded options available to them. In addition to receiving assistance from election officers, they may be assisted by a friend who has accompanied them. An elector may also enlist a friend to provide translation services.

Nominated Candidates....

Nomination day was Monday, November 8, 2004. That was the last day on which prospective candidates were able to file nomination papers with the Returning Officer in the electoral division in which they wished to contest the election.

By 2:00 p.m., when nominations closed, 450 candidates had filed nomination papers. This represented the greatest number of candidates to contest a provincial election in Alberta’s history. The distribution of candidates by political party affiliation follows:

Alberta Alliance 83
Alberta Greens 49
Alberta Liberal Party 82
Alberta New Democratic Party 83
Alberta Party 4
Communist Party – Alberta 2
Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta 83
Separation Party of Alberta 12
Social Credit 42
Independent 10

No candidate withdrew following the close of nominations and no candidate was elected by acclamation.

Special Ballot Polls....

By legislation, a Special Ballot poll was established in each of the 83 electoral divisions. The poll is established to facilitate voting for electors who are not able to vote at the advance polls, or on Polling Day. It is often used by electors who are physically incapacitated or who travel, work or attend an educational institution outside of their own electoral divisions for extended periods. Availability of the Special Ballot was advertised in newspapers and on the website.

Special Ballot brochures were distributed to stakeholder groups whose members tend to use this voting option. Brochures were distributed on a proactive basis to trade unions, travel clubs, post-secondary educational institutions and the Canadian Armed Forces to allow them time to share information with their membership. This increased awareness directed electors’ early attention to this voting option.

The Special Ballot is often viewed as a mail-in ballot, but ballots may also be completed in the Returning Officer’s office or hand-delivered by an individual at the elector’s request. While every effort is made to provide a Special Ballot to an elector, it is a legislative requirement that an elector must request his or her own Special Ballot: it cannot be requested on his or her behalf by another person. This is to ensure that the Special Ballot is issued to, and completed by, the appropriate elector.

Electors may request a Special Ballot in person, by telephone, by facsimile, by electronic mail or in writing. The Special Ballot package uses a series of envelopes to protect the confidentiality of the ballot, and contains an elector’s declaration identifying the reason for use, along with an undertaking confirming that the elector has not yet voted and will not vote a second time.

In the same way that each elector must vote within their own electoral division, each elector must request a Special Ballot from the Returning Officer in his or her own electoral division and return it to the office from which it was issued. Although Special Ballot requests may be made electronically, original Special Ballots must be submitted to ensure authenticity and confidentiality.

Returning Officers sent Special Ballots throughout the province and even out of the country. Completed Special Ballot envelopes returned from Europe and Asia were commonplace. Electors were able to request a Special Ballot at the beginning of the election period and were able to vote for the candidate or political party of their choice. This helped to ensure that electors had adequate time to complete and return the Special Ballot by the close of polls on Polling Day.

A total of 7,358 valid Special Ballots were received by the close of polls on Polling Day, providing a valuable option to electors who otherwise may have been unable to exercise their franchise.

Advance Polls....

By legislation, advance polls were established in at least one location in each electoral division on the Thursday, Friday and Saturday prior to Polling Day. Up to four advance poll locations may be established to ensure elector convenience in electoral divisions that cover a large geographic area; additional locations may be established, if deemed necessary by the Chief Electoral Officer.

Advance polls were open from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on November 18, 19 and 20, 2004, at sites that offered level access. Returning Officers’ offices were used, where appropriate.

These polls were established to accommodate electors who were unable to vote on Polling Day due to:

  • physical incapacity,
  • absence,
  • acting as an election officer, candidate, official agent or scrutineer whose official duties precluded their attendance at the polling place established for their own polling subdivision, or
  • an inability to vote on Polling Day.

A total of 44,807 valid ballots were cast at 165 advance polls.

Mobile Polls....

By legislation, mobile polls were established on Polling Day in treatment centres and in supportive living facilities with ten or more resident inpatients or electors, where consultation with facility staff found the service to be appropriate.

Mobile poll brochures were distributed to facility administrators early in the election period to inform them of the mobile poll process. Posters were provided to inform residents of the time and location for mobile polling within their facility to allow electors to plan appropriately for Polling Day.

Mobile polls accommodated electors within the facilities during hours agreed upon by facility staff, and were conducted in a fixed location, or by going bed-to-bed, or by using both methods, to best meet electors’ needs.

All electors identified by the facility staff as being well enough to vote are eligible to vote in the electoral division in which the facility is located. In accordance with legislation, facility staff can restrict participation to the deputy returning officer, poll clerk, interpreter, and facility representative, if appropriate for the well-being of the residents or inpatients.

A total of 17,639 valid ballots were cast at 477 mobile poll locations.

Polling Day....

By legislation, polls were open from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, November 22, 2004. There were 5,357 polling stations established across the province, each staffed by a deputy returning officer and poll clerk. Supervisory deputy returning officers were hired in polling places with multiple stations to assist in directing electors to the correct polling station. Registration officers were hired to assist electors whose names were not on the Lists of Electors, which expedited the process for all electors.

Election officers were responsible for setting up the polling places, taking the vote, swearing-in electors, conducting the unofficial count and returning all election material to the Returning Officers in a secure manner.

Election officers were also responsible for answering electors’ inquiries and for working with the scrutineers appointed by candidates to observe Polling Day proceedings. Both election officers and scrutineers are to be commended for their cooperative efforts in ensuring fairness and transparency in the process.

The role of election officers also includes the collection of information that will be used in updating the Register of Electors. Polling Day is an excellent opportunity to collect new and updated information from electors for use in refreshing the Register and subsequent Lists of Electors.

At the close of polls, election officers conducted the unofficial count for the Provincial General Election and the Senate Nominee Election, and telephoned results to the appropriate Returning Officer. All results were communicated in a timely manner and were made available in Returning Officers’ offices. For the first time, staff in Returning Officers’ offices data entered the unofficial results as they arrived and posted that information to the website. Interested parties were able to view poll-by-poll results, as well as results aggregated for the entire province, as they were posted. The information systems capability will be enhanced prior to the next electoral event in order to expedite the web-posting of unofficial results.

Additions to the List of Electors....

A total of 70,037 electors were added to the Lists of Electors during the Revisions Period and on Polling Day. This figure includes electors who did not provide information during the enumeration, those who moved, and those who attained the age, residency or citizenship requirements following the enumeration.

On average, 13 electors were sworn in at each regular polling station. Areas of high mobility or significant recent growth experienced the highest number of additions.

The Register of Electors contained 1,931,250 names following the Provincial General Enumeration. Names in the Register were used to create the Lists of Electors provided to registered political parties in October 2004 to meet the legislated requirement for providing a List of Electors in the fourth year following an election.

The number of names in the Register of Electors increased to 2,001,287 by the close of polls on Polling Day for the November 22, 2004 Provincial General Election. Names added during the Revisions Period and on Polling Day were included at that point.

By March 2005, the Register of Electors contained 1,982,843 names. Electors’ names had been removed from previous addresses and at electors’ requests following out-of-province moves. This final tally is also partially attributable to the number of electors who withheld consent for participation in the Register of Electors.

In order to receive a ballot, an elector’s name must appear on the List of Electors. It is not mandatory, however, to participate in the Register of Electors. Electors were encouraged to participate to increase the accuracy of future Lists and to reduce the number of electors having to swear-in to vote at the next electoral event. Still, some electors prefer not to have their names included in the Register on an ongoing basis, in spite of the fact that their information is used for electoral purposes only.

Opting out of the Register is one of the reasons that a certain number of Polling Day swear-ins must be anticipated at all electoral events. The addition of the registration officer on Polling Day helps to ensure that these electors are added to the List of Electors without delaying those electors who expect a streamlined voting process subsequent to their provision of Register information prior to Polling Day.

Accuracy of the Lists of Electors....

Accurate, current Lists of Electors are essential both for campaigning and effective Polling Day administration. The Lists of Electors distributed to registered political parties in October 2004, and subsequently used at the polls, were compared to the post-election Lists produced in March 2005 to gauge accuracy.

It is recognized that an indeterminate number of eligible electors actively choose not to participate in the electoral process, so it is acknowledged that the List of Electors does not contain every eligible elector. At the same time, a benchmark must be established to gauge accuracy. For that reason, the assumption is made that the post-election Lists of Electors are one hundred per cent accurate, since they include all electors who choose to provide information during the enumeration, the Revisions Period or on Polling Day.

Table 3 illustrates the accuracy of the Lists of Electors prepared following the enumeration in comparison to the post-election Lists. Overall, the Lists were found to be 97.4% accurate. Only 2.6% of electors that appeared on the March 2005 Lists of Electors were added during the Revisions Period and on Polling Day.

Table 3: Number of Names on Lists of Electors Following the Enumeration
and Accuracy of Lists of Electors

Electoral Division Number of Names on October 2004 List1 Number of Names on March 2005 List2 Accuracy of October 2004 List3
01 Dunvegan-Central Peace 14,839 15,048 98.60%
02 Calgary-Bow 26,487 26,997 98.10%
03 Calgary-Buffalo 23,2114 24,098 96.30%
04 Calgary-Cross 21,602 22,026 98.10%
05 Calgary-Currie 22,680 24,261 93.50%
06 Calgary-East 21,887 22,463 97.40%
07 Calgary-Egmont 26,806 26,988 99.30%
08 Calgary-Elbow 24,997 25,683 97.30%
09 Calgary-Fish Creek 25,822 25,955 99.50%
10 Calgary-Foothills 26,705 27,272 97.90%
11 Calgary-Fort 22,561 23,017 98.00%
12 Calgary-Glenmore 25,283 25,536 99.00%
13 Calgary-Hays 24,379 24,724 98.60%
14 Calgary-Lougheed 25,718 26,033 98.80%
15 Calgary-Mackay 27,361 27,887 98.10%
16 Calgary-McCall 20,670 21,816 94.70%
17 Calgary-Montrose 21,654 21,893 98.90%
18 Calgary-Mountain View 25,637 27,085 94.70%
19 Calgary-North Hill 21,992 22,779 96.50%
20 Calgary-North West 31,815 32,615 97.50%
21 Calgary-Nose Hill 22,846 23,233 98.30%
22 Calgary-Shaw 25,761 26,120 98.60%
23 Calgary-Varsity 25,048 25,617 97.80%
24 Calgary-West 29,890 30,894 96.80%
25 Edmonton-Beverly-Clareview 22,627 23,311 97.10%
26 Edmonton-Calder 22,461 23,226 96.70%
27 Edmonton-Castle Downs 28,356 28,901 98.10%
28 Edmonton-Centre 20,001 21,747 92.00%
29 Edmonton-Decore 24,036 24,515 98.00%
30 Edmonton-Ellerslie 22,798 23,319 97.80%
31 Edmonton-Glenora 21,757 23,050 94.40%
32 Edmonton-Gold Bar 24,115 25,002 96.50%
33 Edmonton-Highlands-Norwood 21,558 22,569 95.50%
34 Edmonton-Manning 24,529 24,859 98.70%
35 Edmonton-McClung 23,845 24,848 96.00%
36 Edmonton-Meadowlark 23,073 23,572 97.90%
37 Edmonton-Mill Creek 23,269 24,365 95.50%
38 Edmonton-Mill Woods 22,524 23,100 97.50%
39 Edmonton-Riverview 23,645 24,747 95.50%
40 Edmonton-Rutherford 23,211 23,868 97.20%
41 Edmonton-Strathcona 22,028 24,096 91.40%
42 Edmonton-Whitemud 30,078 31,027 96.90%
43 Airdrie-Chestermere 29,382 29,938 98.10%
44 Athabasca-Redwater 23,320 23,739 98.20%
45 Banff-Cochrane 20,467 21,095 97.00%
46 Barrhead-Morinville-Westlock 22,172 22,650 97.90%
47 Battle River-Wainwright 20,097 20,190 99.50%
48 Bonnyville-Cold Lake 17,704 18,022 98.20%
49 Cardston-Taber-Warner 18,672 18,867 99.00%
50 Cypress-Medicine Hat 21,695 21,887 99.10%
51 Drayton Valley-Calmar 18,388 19,017 96.70%
52 Drumheller-Stettler 20,063 20,571 97.50%
53 Foothills-Rocky View 21,143 22,435 94.20%
54 Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo 25,578 26,292 97.30%
55 Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville 24,177 24,655 98.10%
56 Grande Prairie-Smoky 21,044 21,748 96.80%
57 Grande Prairie-Wapiti 21,527 22,089 97.50%
58 Highwood 22,591 23,281 97.00%
59 Innisfail-Sylvan Lake 23,419 23,855 98.20%
60 Lac La Biche-St. Paul 17,909 18,269 98.00%
61 Lacombe-Ponoka 24,977 26,127 95.60%
62 Leduc-Beaumont-Devon 26,343 26,661 98.80%
63 Lesser Slave Lake 18,660 18,914 98.70%
64 Lethbridge-East 25,944 26,150 99.20%
65 Lethbridge-West 23,408 24,176 96.80%
66 Little Bow 19,295 19,649 98.20%
67 Livingstone-Macleod 21,430 22,253 96.30%
68 Medicine Hat 25,107 25,459 98.60%
69 Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills 21,291 21,928 97.10%
70 Peace River 16,567 16,993 97.50%
71 Red Deer-North 21,625 22,276 97.10%
72 Red Deer-South 26,748 27,146 98.50%
73 Rocky Mountain House 20,868 21,339 97.80%
74 Sherwood Park 26,088 26,309 99.20%
75 Spruce Grove-Sturgeon-St. Albert 26,816 27,435 97.70%
76 St. Albert 28,191 28,731 98.10%
77 Stony Plain 24,978 25,799 96.80%
78 Strathcona 26,891 27,605 97.40%
79 Strathmore-Brooks 25,237 25,368 99.50%
80 Vermilion-Lloydminster 21,472 21,600 99.40%
81 West Yellowhead 16,710 17,571 95.10%
82 Wetaskiwin-Camrose 23,593 23,967 98.40%
83 Whitecourt-Ste. Anne 20,101 20,625 97.50%
Totals: 1,931,250 1,982,843 97.40%

1 This represents the number of names on the Lists of Electors after elector information was confirmed, revised, added and deleted during the August 28 to September 12 door-to-door Enumeration.

2 This includes the number of names on the Lists of Electors from the Enumeration, with the addition of elector information collected throughout the Revisions Period and on Polling Day, and deceased electors.

3 The percentage of names of electors on the March 2005 Lists of Electors that were included on the October 2004 Lists.

4 This includes names of 5,135 electors from the National Register of Electors provided by Elections Canada.

Official Results....

The official results were announced by each of the 83 Returning Officers on Thursday, December 2, 2004.

No controverted election petition was filed for the election.

Judicial Recount....

One judicial recount was requested, pursuant to Section 144 of the Election Act. The unofficial count conducted on Polling Day in the electoral division of Edmonton-Castle Downs showed a five vote margin of victory for the Alberta Liberal Party candidate over the second place candidate, representing the Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta.

Returning Officers in all electoral divisions are required to perform an official count of ballots. This began on Tuesday, November 23 in Edmonton-Castle Downs. The two leading candidates were present, or had representatives present, throughout the official count. The official results announced by the Returning Officer on December 2 reduced the margin of victory for the Alberta Liberal Candidate to three votes.

The Returning Officer’s decision was appealed by the Progressive Conservative candidate, and a judicial recount of certain disputed ballots was conducted. The Order filed in the Court of Queen’s Bench on December 9 confirmed a three vote margin of victory for the Liberal candidate, although the assessment of certain ballots varied from that of the Returning Officer.

The Progressive Conservative candidate appealed the decision of the judicial recount to the Court of Appeal. The Court of Appeal deemed ten ballots as valid which had been disallowed previously: eight for the Progressive Conservative candidate, and two for the Liberal candidate. Lukaszuk v. Kibermanis, 2005 ABCA 26 cites, in part:

Voting is the lifeblood of democracy and courts should be very slow to disenfranchise voters on the basis of a technical non-compliance with voting instructions. Restrictions on this right should be narrowly interpreted and strictly limited. This is particularly true in our pluralistic and multi-cultural society where citizens enjoy differing levels of education, language comprehension and physical dexterity. Therefore, in a conflict between principle and technicality, principle must govern.

The judgment is available at here

As a result of the decision, the Progressive Conservative candidate was declared elected by three votes.

Custody and Inspection of Election Documents....

Polling Day documentation for 82 electoral divisions was returned to Elections Alberta following the announcement of the Official Results, in accordance with Section 142 of the Election Act. In accordance with that Section, Polling Day documentation for Edmonton-Castle Downs was retained by the Returning Officer until the conclusion of the judicial recount.

Section 152 authorizes candidates and their official agents to review all Polling Day documentation for their electoral division, with the exception of the ballots, in the thirty-day period following the publication of the names of elected Members of the Legislative Assembly in the Alberta Gazette. Seven candidates and official agents availed themselves of this opportunity.

During this same time period, candidates and their official agents are entitled to obtain copies of the Poll Books used at the election. Thirty-eight candidates and official agents requested copies on a cost-recovery basis.

Continous Register of Electors Management....

Elector information collected throughout the election period and on Polling Day was incorporated into the Register of Electors, where permission was granted by the elector, for preparation of future Lists of Electors.

Lists were updated following the election and distributed to registered political parties and Members of the Legislative Assembly under Section 19(2) of the Election Act. Restrictions for use are contained at Section 20, to ensure elector information is used appropriately. Penalties for misuse include fines up to $100,000, or a term of imprisonment up to one year, or both. Lists were provided in an electronic format to facilitate use by recipients and to promote security through the use of passwords.

Section 18 directs that both registered political parties and Independent Members of the Legislative Assembly receive updated Lists on a regular basis. Updated Lists must be provided immediately after the election, two years after the election, during the fourth and fifth years following the election, and following any updates made to the Register subsequent to electoral division boundary revisions.

With any large database, it is a major challenge to compare and correct entries against other data sets. It is particularly challenging when some entries cannot be matched conclusively because of incomplete information. This is particularly difficult in the case of common names where birth date and previous address information is unavailable.

Maintaining the accuracy and currency of Lists of Electors will become an increasing priority at Elections Alberta. Possible data sources are being reviewed for use in updating Register information on an ongoing basis. Recent legislative amendments will support the economical acquisition of accurate, timely data held by public agencies. Data collection will continue to reconcile the need for updated information with the electors’ rights to privacy.

Candidates' Deposits....

The candidate’s nomination deposit prescribed by legislation increased from $200 for the 2001 Provincial General Election to $500 for this event. The increase is not as substantial as it appears due to the refund policy. All candidates who win or who receive half the votes of the winning candidate receive half of the deposit back. In addition, those who file candidate campaign financial statements within the prescribed period receive half of the deposit back.

In accordance with Section 62 of the Election Act, 130 candidates received a refund of half the amount of their candidate nomination deposits for receiving the most votes, or at least fifty per cent of the votes received by the winning candidate.

In addition, 435 candidates received a refund of half the amount of their candidate nomination deposits by filing a financial statement within the legislated timeline.

A breakdown follows:

  Number nominated Number received refund based on votes received Number received refund for timely filing
Alberta Alliance 83 2 74
Alberta Greens 49 0 47
Alberta Liberal Party 82 43 82
Alberta New Democratic Party 83 7 82
Alberta Party 4 0 4
Communist Party – Alberta 2 0 2
Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta 83 78 83
Separation Party of Alberta 12 0 11
Social Credit 42 0 41
Independent 10 0 9

In total, $83,750 was forfeited and was paid through Elections Alberta to the Minister of Finance for deposit to the General Revenue Fund.

Cost Summary Overview...

2004 General Election
Election Officials’ Fees and Associated Costs
    Total reported by all Electoral Divisions   $ 5,969,844
Office of the Chief Electoral Officer
    Materials and Supplies $    53,874  
    Contract Services 563,171  
    Advertising 33,381  
    Temporary Staff—wages and benefits 103,037  
    Freight and Postage 27,240  
    Rentals 24,349  
    Travel 36,165  
    Telephone and Communications 33,625       874,842
Total Expenses:   $ 6,844,686
    Number of Names on the November 2004 List of Electors   2,001,287
    Average cost per name on List of Electors   $ 3.42

Table 5: 2004 General Election Cost Summary by Electoral Division
(To Nearest Dollar)

    Returning Officers Election Clerks Admin. Assistants Election Staff Other  
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
Electoral Division Fees Rental Advertising Printing Fees Fees SDRO RGO DRO Poll Clerk Support Staff Travel Poll Rental Total Cost
1 Dunvegan-Central Peace 8,583 3,965 2,604 898 5,877 0 550 510 14,355 9,450 115 3,300 6,975 57,181
2 Calgary-Bow 9,929 7,121 3,898 2,594 7,507 3,212 3,025 3,060 17,575 11,250 872 141 5,625 75,808
3 Calgary-Buffalo 10,092 8,583 3,898 1,620 6,783 3,093 3,025 3,570 16,254 10,581 11,232 715 5,715 85,161
4 Calgary-Cross 9,733 7,522 3,898 1,425 6,759 2,726 2,475 2,805 14,235 9,150 529 186 4,875 66,318
5 Calgary-Currie 9,870 8,207 3,898 1,628 6,754 2,877 4,350 3,060 17,525 10,950 2,040 304 6,000 77,462
6 Calgary-East 9,774 2,896 3,898 1,540 6,868 2,877 3,025 2,805 15,645 9,900 966 0 5,450 65,643
7 Calgary-Egmont 9,998 8,436 3,898 1,258 7,511 3,534 2,475 1,785 17,055 10,950 351 147 5,850 73,248
8 Calgary-Elbow 10,175 5,598 3,898 2,575 7,356 3,242 3,850 2,040 17,290 11,100 173 143 5,925 73,365
9 Calgary-Fish Creek 10,231 3,089 3,898 1,036 7,369 2,733 2,200 510 14,940 9,600 245 102 5,175 61,127
10 Calgary-Foothills 10,658 7,374 3,898 2,240 6,951 3,541 3,300 2,805 16,215 10,350 1,170 231 5,850 74,583
11 Calgary-Fort 9,347 5,786 3,898 1,499 6,560 1,961 3,025 2,805 14,655 9,450 253 7 5,250 64,496
12 Calgary-Glenmore 9,554 4,102 3,898 1,110 6,898 3,432 3,025 2,805 15,645 10,050 686 30 5,625 66,859
13 Calgary-Hays 10,132 7,857 3,898 1,073 7,178 2,877 1,650 2,295 15,930 10,200 124 0 4,138 67,352
14 Calgary-Lougheed 9,619 3,220 3,898 1,110 7,374 3,322 2,750 3,000 15,980 10,050 115 46 4,950 65,435
15 Calgary-Mackay 10,506 9,377 3,898 1,832 7,612 3,088 3,575 4,080 18,750 12,000 1,472 238 6,225 82,653
16 Calgary-McCall 9,115 8,973 3,898 1,430 6,736 3,651 2,475 3,880 14,285 9,150 1,054 29 5,025 69,700
17 Calgary-Montrose 9,762 11,111 3,898 1,425 6,760 3,096 2,750 0 13,765 9,000 2,686 295 4,800 69,347
18 Calgary-Mountain View 10,731 9,618 3,898 1,730 6,890 3,502 4,125 4,080 18,800 11,800 3,762 275 5,955 85,166
19 Calgary-North Hill 9,935 10,139 3,898 1,425 6,522 2,650 3,025 2,040 17,240 10,500 643 728 5,500 74,245
20 Calgary-North West 10,777 6,426 3,898 2,635 7,799 2,877 3,575 5,100 21,570 14,100 1,602 0 7,500 87,857
21 Calgary-Nose Hill 9,378 4,718 3,898 1,526 6,600 3,242 2,750 2,550 16,165 10,400 288 286 5,625 67,426
22 Calgary-Shaw 10,375 6,388 3,898 1,073 7,388 2,883 2,475 2,805 17,005 10,950 933 0 5,625 71,799
23 Calgary-Varsity 9,810 10,067 3,898 1,654 7,392 2,093 5,500 5,155 19,740 12,300 2,530 179 6,675 86,992
24 Calgary-West 10,509 7,153 3,898 1,933 8,148 3,212 3,850 3,060 19,035 12,300 759 164 6,375 80,397
25 Edmonton-Beverly-Clareview 9,407 5,295 4,441 1,523 6,615 2,932 3,850 3,570 15,425 9,450 184 95 5,550 68,337
26 Edmonton-Calder 9,439 5,575 4,441 1,650 6,401 3,139 3,850 3,568 17,105 10,950 1,116 317 5,850 73,401
27 Edmonton-Castle Downs 11,662 4,538 4,441 1,620 7,790 2,880 3,575 3,825 19,035 12,150 2,334 209 5,995 80,053
28 Edmonton-Centre 9,197 5,960 4,441 1,300 6,816 3,132 4,400 4,590 19,270 12,300 711 313 6,600 79,031
29 Edmonton-Decore 9,587 5,068 4,441 1,894 6,756 3,345 2,750 2,550 15,930 9,900 0 125 5,475 67,821
30 Edmonton-Ellerslie 9,514 7,852 4,441 1,080 6,999 2,862 2,750 3,010 15,225 9,750 56 308 5,475 69,322
31 Edmonton-Glenora 9,967 5,025 4,441 1,960 6,566 743 3,575 1,020 15,695 10,200 552 18 5,175 64,939
32 Edmonton-Gold Bar 10,197 4,785 4,441 1,152 7,234 2,883 3,575 2,805 18,415 11,850 190 82 6,675 74,285
SUBTOTAL 317,564 211,823 127,786 50,447 224,768 91,638 101,150 91,543 535,754 342,081 39,740 9,014 183,503 2,326,810
33 Edmonton-Highlands-Norwood 9,786 4,693 4,441 1,400 6,894 2,877 4,125 3,825 17,540 10,850 0 52 5,775 72,258
34 Edmonton-Manning 10,195 3,764 4,441 1,700 6,814 2,775 3,850 3,570 17,995 11,400 0 48 6,375 72,927
35 Edmonton-McClung 9,677 8,265 4,441 2,054 7,258 3,315 3,575 3,570 16,820 10,650 601 186 6,075 76,487
36 Edmonton-Meadowlark 9,518 6,797 4,441 1,624 7,046 3,096 2,750 2,805 16,635 10,650 105 174 5,475 71,116
37 Edmonton-Mill Creek 10,133 4,134 4,441 1,152 7,119 2,883 3,300 3,060 16,735 10,800 725 258 5,250 69,991
38 Edmonton-Mill Woods 9,866 5,816 4,441 1,320 6,566 2,877 3,575 3,315 16,165 10,200 0 61 5,700 69,903
39 Edmonton-Riverview 10,174 8,436 4,441 1,470 7,228 2,541 3,850 3,825 18,565 11,700 0 129 6,450 78,810
40 Edmonton-Rutherford 9,536 5,522 4,441 1,080 7,073 0 3,025 2,027 15,880 10,425 682 76 5,550 65,317
41 Edmonton-Strathcona 10,077 4,176 4,441 1,224 7,179 3,177 4,125 2,805 16,350 10,500 620 169 5,850 70,692
42 Edmonton-Whitemud 10,529 8,775 4,441 2,852 7,661 3,418 3,575 4,645 20,160 12,900 1,967 226 7,125 88,274
43 Airdrie-Chestermere 10,499 5,937 6,527 1,933 7,476 1,452 3,300 3,315 19,020 12,300 1,742 2,439 7,043 82,983
44 Athabasca-Redwater 10,179 4,661 9,188 1,017 7,144 2,212 2,200 2,295 20,145 13,050 257 3,938 9,330 85,617
45 Banff-Cochrane 9,437 5,035 2,756 2,399 6,330 3,315 1,375 2,550 15,830 10,050 278 2,424 5,570 67,348
46 Barrhead-Morinville-Westlock 9,714 4,944 3,049 1,190 6,945 2,877 1,650 1,020 18,635 12,150 64 3,747 7,385 73,370
47 Battle River-Wainwright 8,948 2,928 4,867 1,664 6,618 0 550 255 17,460 11,250 829 3,151 3,990 62,511
48 Bonnyville-Cold Lake 9,258 5,597 2,508 1,680 5,813 3,096 825 765 15,495 10,050 16 4,297 6,225 65,625
49 Cardston-Taber-Warner 9,263 2,461 1,627 970 6,560 3,139 1,375 765 15,815 10,350 334 4,284 4,205 61,148
50 Cypress-Medicine Hat 9,529 3,924 2,069 1,713 6,979 2,877 2,200 1,275 17,325 11,250 807 3,132 7,475 70,555
51 Drayton Valley-Calmar 9,234 5,786 4,067 1,933 6,411 3,205 825 765 16,015 10,350 197 2,310 7,500 68,597
52 Drumheller-Stettler 9,097 3,099 6,642 1,777 6,568 3,552 1,100 1,275 17,460 11,370 359 4,422 4,140 70,859
53 Foothills-Rocky View 9,788 7,619 8,313 1,036 7,178 2,950 2,200 1,530 14,640 9,600 294 3,449 6,095 74,691
54 Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo 10,609 8,689 2,830 2,350 6,790 3,827 2,750 2,295 15,965 10,350 1,242 1,843 6,300 75,840
55 Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville 9,891 8,136 7,369 1,632 6,783 2,744 3,800 6,690 18,910 12,550 248 2,333 7,806 88,891
56 Grande Prairie-Smoky 9,913 4,188 3,398 1,085 6,916 2,877 2,200 2,040 19,340 12,600 103 3,558 8,025 76,242
57 Grande Prairie-Wapiti 9,634 6,323 2,091 1,085 6,747 2,733 2,475 2,295 16,250 10,500 552 2,738 6,900 70,322
58 Highwood 9,978 5,287 7,232 1,851 7,055 3,757 1,650 3,265 15,595 10,050 610 2,092 3,091 71,513
59 Innisfail-Sylvan Lake 9,643 3,659 2,898 1,375 7,090 2,986 1,650 1,275 17,325 11,250 0 2,248 5,748 67,146
60 Lac La Biche-St. Paul 7,686 3,556 2,777 1,376 6,318 3,205 1,100 1,020 14,875 9,750 0 3,766 6,600 62,030
61 Lacombe-Ponoka 10,914 8,539 3,637 1,396 7,393 2,883 2,200 1,835 17,880 11,550 499 4,490 3,935 77,150
62 Leduc-Beaumont-Devon 10,568 1,558 7,516 1,390 7,476 1,452 2,750 1,275 19,290 12,150 817 1,285 6,506 74,031
63 Lesser Slave Lake 9,890 5,637 1,547 2,303 6,625 2,883 550 510 14,855 9,450 236 5,844 5,250 65,581
64 Lethbridge-East 9,964 5,975 2,391 1,284 7,391 3,096 3,300 2,805 17,760 11,400 835 1,384 6,000 73,587
SUBTOTAL 313,125 173,916 139,710 50,315 221,444 88,076 77,775 74,562 548,730 353,445 15,014 70,553 194,743 2,321,409
65 Lethbridge-West 9,986 3,962 2,391 1,088 7,112 3,281 3,850 4,235 15,510 10,050 679 1,232 3,620 66,996
66 Little Bow 8,896 5,306 2,623 1,323 6,314 1,726 1,650 0 16,050 10,500 150 1,627 3,130 59,294
67 Livingstone-Macleod 9,300 2,276 3,383 2,099 6,745 3,270 1,650 1,530 16,185 10,650 380 2,040 4,040 63,548
68 Medicine Hat 10,392 4,390 1,754 1,920 7,373 0 2,475 1,530 17,635 11,250 516 1,561 6,825 67,619
69 Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills 9,448 4,554 4,784 1,839 6,719 2,883 1,650 1,275 16,100 10,500 0 3,039 2,670 65,462
70 Peace River 9,034 5,460 3,782 2,084 6,067 2,877 1,100 510 14,790 9,600 64 4,921 6,750 67,038
71 Red Deer-North 9,825 7,989 1,644 1,198 6,819 3,764 3,025 2,550 16,870 10,625 160 1,229 5,850 71,548
72 Red Deer-South 10,443 6,296 2,613 1,524 7,542 2,198 3,800 2,805 15,980 10,200 0 1,028 5,700 70,129
73 Rocky Mountain House 9,405 3,651 2,997 998 6,349 2,726 2,475 1,785 16,385 10,500 184 2,739 3,547 63,742
74 Sherwood Park 10,459 5,669 6,178 1,530 7,402 2,883 4,675 4,335 17,290 10,950 613 149 6,375 78,507
75 Spruce Grove-Sturgeon-St. Albert 11,127 4,483 7,691 1,129 7,622 2,069 3,025 3,010 20,195 13,050 0 1,104 6,371 80,875
76 St. Albert 10,672 5,511 6,397 1,620 7,740 2,877 3,300 4,080 19,170 12,300 1,921 190 1,400 77,177
77 Stony Plain 10,510 3,814 6,415 1,087 7,358 1,452 1,800 1,785 17,055 10,800 58 1,677 6,185 69,996
78 Strathcona 10,955 6,093 8,092 2,210 7,223 0 3,300 3,060 16,485 10,650 1,613 514 6,675 76,871
79 Strathmore-Brooks 10,387 4,275 1,713 960 7,350 3,205 1,375 1,275 17,425 11,400 245 3,063 5,090 67,762
80 Vermilion-Lloydminster 9,934 8,190 6,237 1,298 6,763 3,432 1,100 765 15,715 10,350 0 4,342 7,050 75,176
81 West Yellowhead 8,935 4,147 7,357 1,320 6,147 3,425 1,285 1,275 15,630 10,350 632 2,519 3,405 66,428
82 Wetaskiwin-Camrose 10,009 2,451 4,090 1,470 6,746 2,267 2,750 0 15,715 10,350 583 2,637 4,973 64,040
83 Whitecourt-Ste. Anne 9,503 5,296 4,284 1,309 6,636 3,103 1,100 1,175 16,050 10,350 623 2,485 7,500 69,414
TOTAL 819,910 479,553 351,921 128,768 578,239 227,151 224,310 203,085 1,400,719 899,951 63,174 117,664 475,401 5,969,844

Election Expenses - Fees and Associated Costs....

The following information directly relates to the numbered columns presented in the Table 5 entitled 2004 General Election Cost Summary by Electoral Division:

Returning Officers

  1. Honorarium, basic fee, fee payment for names recorded on the List of Electors, attendance at the Chief Electoral Officer’s training sessions, and employer contributions.
  2. Office and equipment rental, training space rental, telephone expenses, freight, postage and miscellaneous costs.
  3. Advertising (newspapers of general circulation within each electoral division).
  4. Ballot printing and photocopying.

Election Clerks
     5.  Basic fee, fee per name on the Lists of Electors, attendance at the Chief Electoral Officer’s training sessions
          and employer contributions.

Administrative Assistants
     6.  Basic Fee, attendance at the Chief Electoral Officer’s training session and employer contributions.

Supervisory Deputy Returning Officers
     7.  Basic fee and training session.

Registration Officers
     8.  Basic fee and training session.

Deputy Returning Officers
     9.  Basic fee and training session.

Poll Clerks
     10.  Basic fee.

Support Staff
     11.  Support staff wages.

Other
     12.  Travel for election officers includes reimbursement for kilometres traveled (based on the rate of 38 cents
            per kilometre). In addition, it includes meals and accommodation expenses for Returning Officers,
            Election Clerks and Administrative Assistants.

     13.  Rental of polling places.

Election Fees and Expenses Regulation, August 2004 (Extract)....

A Returning Officer may be paid the following:

  1. a monthly honorarium of $115;
  2. a fee of $170 per day for each day of attendance at training sessions called by the Chief Electoral Officer;
  3. a fee of $1,525 if a writ of election is issued but no poll is held;
  4. a fee of $4,515 if a poll is held, including training of election staff and the conduct of the official count;
  5. a fee of 15¢ per name included on the list of electors on polling day;
  6. when required to travel on official business, the rates prescribed in the Public Service Subsistence, Travel and Moving Expenses Regulation made under the Public Service Act;
  7. a supplemental fee of $20 for every 100 kilometres, or portion thereof, traveled in excess of the first 100 kilometres of travel during an enumeration or an election; and
  8. if a Returning Officer
     i.  elects to use the Returning Officer’s personal residence as an office, a maximum rental of $450 per month with
         a rental period not exceeding 2 months, unless otherwise approved by the Chief Electoral Officer, or
     ii. elects to use commercial space as an office, the most economical rate available with a rental period not
         exceeding 2 months, unless otherwise approved by the Chief Electoral Officer.

An Election Clerk may be paid the following:

  1. a fee of $1,130, where a writ of election is issued and no poll is held;
  2. a fee of $2,990 if a writ of election is issued and a poll is held, including training of election staff and the conduct of the official count;
  3. a fee of 13¢ per name included on the list of electors on polling day;
  4. a fee of $170 for attending a class of instruction;
  5. when required to travel on official business, the rates prescribed in the Public Service Subsistence, Travel and Moving Expenses Regulation; and
  6. a supplemental fee of $15 for every 100 kilometres, or portion thereof, traveled in excess of the first 100 kilometres of travel during an election.

An Administrative Assistant may be paid the following:

  1. a fee of $2,500 for duties performed on a full-time basis in the returning officer’s office where a writ of election is issued and a poll is held, including the post-election update of the register of electors;
  2. a fee to be prorated at a daily rate, as approved by the Chief Electoral Officer, for duties performed on a part-time basis in the returning officer’s office;
  3. a fee to be prorated at a daily rate, as approved by the Chief Electoral Officer, if a writ of election is issued but no poll is held;
  4. a fee of $140 for attending a class of instruction; and
  5. when required to travel on official business, the rates prescribed in the Public Service Subsistence, Travel and Moving Expenses Regulation.

A Supervisory Deputy Returning Officer may be paid the following:

  1. a basic fee of $225 for duties performed on polling day or on each advance polling day;
  2. a fee of $50 for attending a class of instruction; and
  3. when required to travel on official business, the rates prescribed in the Public Service Subsistence, Travel and Moving Expenses Regulation.

A Registration Officer may be paid the following:

  1. a basic fee of $205 for duties performed on polling day or on each advance polling day;
  2. a fee of $50 for attending a class of instruction; and
  3. when required to travel on official business, the rates prescribed in the Public Service Subsistence, Travel and Moving Expenses Regulation.

A Deputy Returning Officer may be paid the following:

  1. a basic fee of $185 for duties performed on polling day;
  2. a fee of $555 to conduct an advance poll;
  3. a fee of $50 for attending a class of instruction; and
  4. when required to travel on official business, the rates prescribed in the Public Service Subsistence, Travel and Moving Expenses Regulation.

A Poll Clerk may be paid the following:

  1. a fee of $150 for duties performed on polling day;
  2. a fee of $450 for advance poll duties; and
  3. when required to travel on official business, the rates prescribed in the Public Service Subsistence, Travel and Moving Expenses Regulation.

The following additional fees and expenses may be paid:

  1. a maximum of $150 per day for the rental of a building where one poll is held and $75 per day for each additional poll held in the same building or part of the building to a maximum polling place rental of $750 per day, including utilities, janitorial services and the supply of all necessary furniture;
  2. telephone installation, service and toll charges at prevailing rates, on submission of the invoices or receipts for the installation, service and toll charges;
  3. support staff, including but not limited to messengers, special constables and interpreters, at a rate approved by the Chief Electoral Officer;
  4. printing costs for lists of electors, proclamations, ballots, forms and any other printing or photocopying required by a returning officer, at the most economical commercial rate available;
  5. publication costs for:
     i.   proclamations,
     ii.  maps of electoral divisions showing boundaries of polling subdivisions,
     iii. list of names and addresses of candidates’ agents, and
     iv. any other matter required to be published under the Act, at the rate identified in the current rate card of the
          respective newspaper in which publication actually occurs; and
  6. costs for the collection and the data entry of address based information at a rate approved by the Chief Electoral Officer.

The maximum polling place rental referred to in subsection 10(1)(a) may be adjusted only in extraordinary circumstances with written approval of the Chief Electoral Officer.

If, in the opinion of the Chief Electoral Officer, an emergency exists, or circumstances for which no adequate provision of fees exists, the Chief Electoral Officer may fix the appropriate fee for the situation.

Election Finances and Contributions Disclosure Act....

The Election Finances and Contributions Disclosure Act requires all political parties, constituency associations and candidates to be registered with the Office of the Chief Electoral Officer.

The Act provides for the public disclosure of contributions and expenses.

Candidate Registration....

Until a candidate has been registered with the Office of the Chief Electoral Officer, the candidate may not raise or spend money to help get elected.

Any person, corporation, trade union or employee organization may contribute up to a maximum of $2,000 to each candidate during the campaign period. The campaign period commences on the date the candidate is registered with the Office of the Chief Electoral Officer, following the issue of the Writ of Election, and continues for a period not exceeding two months after polling day.

The Alberta Income Tax Act provides a system of tax credits for contributions to registered political parties, registered constituency associations and registered candidates.

Example of Income Tax Credits

Amount Contributed Calculation Income Tax Credit
$ 200.00 75% of $200.00 $ 150.00
1,100.00 $150.00 + 50% of $900.00 600.00
2,300.00 $600.00 + 33?% of $1,200.00 1,000.00

Candidate's Campaign Period Financial Statements....

These statements were required to be filed by all candidates by March 22, 2005. Details of expenses incurred by each candidate will be published on the website of the Chief Electoral Officer. Political parties filed Political Party Campaign Period Financial Statements on or before May 24, 2005. Copies of all financial statements are placed on the Public Files maintained by this Office and are available for examination during normal office hours. The Twenty-eighth Annual Report of the Chief Electoral Officer will provide details on all campaign period financial statements filed in 2005.

Senate Nominee Election Highlights....

On November 22, 2004, an election under the Senatorial Selection Act was conducted in conjunction with a Provincial General Election for the first time. Names of ten candidates appeared on the ballot, from which Albertans were asked to elect four Senate Nominees. A summary of the provincial tabulation of official results appears below. Additional details will be made available in “The Report of the Chief Electoral Officer on the 2004 Senate Nominee Election”.

Cliff Breitkreuz, Progressive Conservative Party 241,306
Bert Brown, Progressive Conservative Party 312,041
Link Byfield, Independent 238,751
Vance Gough, Alberta Alliance 167,770
Gary Horan, Alberta Alliance 156,175
Michael Roth, Alberta Alliance 176,339
Jim Silye, Progressive Conservative Party 217,857
Tom Sindlinger, Independent 161,082
Betty Unger, Progressive Conservative Party 311,964
David Usherwood, Progressive Conservative Party 193,056
Names of the four Senate Nominees elected appear in bold type.

Remarks of the Chief Electoral Officer....

The period covered by this Report has been a challenging and exciting time. Elections Alberta provided administrative support to the 2002/2003 Alberta Electoral Boundaries Commission and saw the new boundaries accepted by the Legislative Assembly in May 2003. This Office administered the recent enumeration and election on new electoral division boundaries in accordance with new legislation following the review and revision of the Election Act.

Once again, our success was achieved with the cooperation of electors across the province. Enumerators visited approximately one million homes to collect information for updating the Lists of Electors, and Polling Day staff used those Lists to serve electors on Polling Day. Behind the scenes, Returning Officers capably managed activities in their electoral divisions, including a map review and revision, enumeration supervision and conduct of the election. Those tasks are easily itemized but extremely challenging to accomplish: Returning Officers work many hours, in an increasingly complex environment, to provide this service to electors.

Albertans were able to choose from a record number of 450 candidates who contested the past election. Many other individuals worked behind the scenes to support those candidates. Members of constituency associations and political parties are active on an ongoing basis. Official agents, chief financial officers, scrutineers and many other campaign staff work diligently to support the candidates, engage the electorate and promote the democratic process in the province.

While most electors view the voting process as a simple one that involves visiting a polling place and marking the ballot, there are literally thousands of unsung heroes who make that activity possible and meaningful. Their efforts are greatly appreciated.

The past electoral cycle allowed us the opportunity to expand our outreach to stakeholders by offering new informational brochures, enhancing our customer service provided by telephone and electronic mail, and increasing interactive information provision via the website. These activities support our commitment to meeting electors’ demands for information provision over extended hours and through various means.

While information provision continues to be enhanced and voting options are numerous, the voter turnout has declined for the past three general elections, since 1993 when the turn-out was 60.2%. Interested parties have expressed concern over the voter turnout and Elections Alberta is working hard to ensure that declining voter turnout is not attributable to administrative barriers.

Elections Alberta also works diligently to disseminate accurate information as broadly as possible to allay concerns of possible irregularities on a proactive basis. During each event, Elections Alberta receives concerns about the voting process: in a number of cases, stakeholders assume that activities which concern them must contravene electoral law. In the vast majority of these situations, it is immediately evident that the activities do not constitute an offence under the Election Act.

These concerns included a limited number of allegations that, if proven, could potentially have constituted a breach of electoral law. It is always greatly appreciated that these concerns are brought to the attention of this Office so they can be reviewed in a timely fashion and investigated, if appropriate. Allegations are taken very seriously and are investigated in those circumstances where a possible breach of legislation exists and a sufficient level of detail permits.

The electoral process itself is conducive to fairness and transparency. Electors are greeted at their local polling station by Polling Day staff from the same area. Similarly, scrutineers are appointed from within the electoral division. These individuals bring a wealth of community knowledge to their responsibilities and are uniquely positioned to identify possible instances of elector fraud. Both Polling Day staff and scrutineers may request an elector to complete an Oath of Elector, and produce identification, if they believe in good faith that the elector should not be voting at the polling place. This provides a valuable safeguard to verifying elector eligibility for all electors, not just the three per cent who are added to the List on Polling Day.

Having said that, it would be possible to make the rules surrounding voting far more stringent. Each elector could be asked to provide picture identification along with proof of Canadian citizenship, six month residency, age and current address; whether on the List of Electors or not. Electors could be required to produce a voter card or be excluded from casting a ballot. This approach could serve to disenfranchise electors who are not typically prepared for this level of scrutiny and who may not be prepared even with a massive public education campaign. The current honour-based system has served us well; incorporating, as it does, the means for verifying elector eligibility. Facilitating a fair and transparent system, without onerous administrative regulations, is essential.

I have been involved with this Office for the past three decades and take great pride in Alberta’s electoral system. There are always areas for improvement, whether in service delivery, application of new technologies or distribution of information. Still, the basic principles of trust, integrity and fairness are core values within our system, which warrant our respect and protection.

O. Brian Fjeldheim
Chief Electoral Officer

Members Elected to the Twenty-sixth Legislative Assembly Province of Alberta

Electoral Division Name Political Affiliation
01 Dunvegan-Central Peace Hector Goudreau Progressive Conservative
02 Calgary-Bow Alana DeLong Progressive Conservative
03 Calgary-Buffalo Harvey Cenaiko Progressive Conservative
04 Calgary-Cross Yvonne Fritz Progressive Conservative
05 Calgary-Currie Dave Taylor Alberta Liberal
06 Calgary-East Moe Amery Progressive Conservative
07 Calgary-Egmont Denis Herard Progressive Conservative
08 Calgary-Elbow Ralph Klein Progressive Conservative
09 Calgary-Fish Creek Heather Forsyth Progressive Conservative
10 Calgary-Foothills Len Webber Progressive Conservative
11 Calgary-Fort Wayne Cao Progressive Conservative
12 Calgary-Glenmore Ron Stevens Progressive Conservative
13 Calgary-Hays Arthur Johnston Progressive Conservative
14 Calgary-Lougheed Dave Rodney Progressive Conservative
15 Calgary-Mackay Gary Mar Progressive Conservative
16 Calgary-McCall Shiraz Shariff Progressive Conservative
17 Calgary-Montrose Hung Pham Progressive Conservative
18 Calgary-Mountain View David Swann Alberta Liberal
19 Calgary-North Hill Richard Magnus Progressive Conservative
20 Calgary-North West Greg Melchin Progressive Conservative
21 Calgary-Nose Hill Neil Brown Progressive Conservative
22 Calgary-Shaw Cindy Ady Progressive Conservative
23 Calgary-Varsity Harry Chase Alberta Liberal
24 Calgary-West Ronald Liepert Progressive Conservative
25 Edmonton-Beverly-Clareview Ray Martin Alberta New Democrats
26 Edmonton-Calder David Eggen Alberta New Democrats
27 Edmonton-Castle Downs Thomas Lukaszuk Progressive Conservative
28 Edmonton-Centre Laurie Blakeman Alberta Liberal
29 Edmonton-Decore Bill Bonko Alberta Liberal
30 Edmonton-Ellerslie Bharat Agnihotri Alberta Liberal
31 Edmonton-Glenora Bruce Miller Alberta Liberal
32 Edmonton-Gold Bar Hugh MacDonald Alberta Liberal
33 Edmonton-Highlands-Norwood Brian Mason Alberta New Democrats
34 Edmonton-Manning Daniel Backs Alberta Liberal
35 Edmonton-McClung Mo Elsalhy Alberta Liberal
36 Edmonton-Meadowlark Maurice Tougas Alberta Liberal
37 Edmonton-Mill Creek Gene Zwozdesky Progressive Conservative
38 Edmonton-Mill Woods Weslyn Mather Alberta Liberal
39 Edmonton-Riverview Kevin Taft Alberta Liberal
40 Edmonton-Rutherford Richard Miller Alberta Liberal
41 Edmonton-Strathcona Raj Pannu Alberta New Democrats
42 Edmonton-Whitemud David Hancock Progressive Conservative
43 Airdrie-Chestermere Carol Haley Progressive Conservative
44 Athabasca-Redwater Mike Cardinal Progressive Conservative
45 Banff-Cochrane Janis Tarchuk Progressive Conservative
46 Barrhead-Morinville-Westlock Kenneth Kowalski Progressive Conservative
47 Battle River-Wainwright Doug Griffiths Progressive Conservative
48 Bonnyville-Cold Lake Denis Ducharme Progressive Conservative
49 Cardston-Taber-Warner Paul Hinman Alberta Alliance
50 Cypress-Medicine Hat Leonard Mitzel Progressive Conservative
51 Drayton Valley-Calmar Tony Abbott Progressive Conservative
52 Drumheller-Stettler Shirley McClellan Progressive Conservative
53 Foothills-Rocky View Ted Morton Progressive Conservative
54 Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo Guy Boutilier Progressive Conservative
55 Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville Edward Stelmach Progressive Conservative
56 Grande Prairie-Smoky Mel Knight Progressive Conservative
57 Grande Prairie-Wapiti Gordon Graydon Progressive Conservative
58 Highwood George Groeneveld Progressive Conservative
59 Innisfail-Sylvan Lake Luke Ouellette Progressive Conservative
60 Lac La Biche-St. Paul Ray Danyluk Progressive Conservative
61 Lacombe-Ponoka Raymond Prins Progressive Conservative
62 Leduc-Beaumont-Devon George Rogers Progressive Conservative
63 Lesser Slave Lake Pearl Calahasen Progressive Conservative
64 Lethbridge-East Bridget Pastoor Alberta Liberal
65 Lethbridge-West Clint Dunford Progressive Conservative
66 Little Bow Barry McFarland Progressive Conservative
67 Livingstone-Macleod David Coutts Progressive Conservative
68 Medicine Hat Rob Renner Progressive Conservative
69 Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills Richard Marz Progressive Conservative
70 Peace River Frank Oberle Progressive Conservative
71 Red Deer-North Mary-Anne Jablonski Progressive Conservative
72 Red Deer-South Victor Doerksen Progressive Conservative
73 Rocky Mountain House Ty Lund Progressive Conservative
74 Sherwood Park Iris Evans Progressive Conservative
75 Spruce Grove-Sturgeon-St. Albert Doug Horner Progressive Conservative
76 St. Albert Jack Flaherty Alberta Liberal
77 Stony Plain Frederick Lindsay Progressive Conservative
78 Strathcona Rob Lougheed Progressive Conservative
79 Strathmore-Brooks Lyle Oberg Progressive Conservative
80 Vermilion-Lloydminster Lloyd Snelgrove Progressive Conservative
81 West Yellowhead Ivan Strang Progressive Conservative
82 Wetaskiwin-Camrose LeRoy Johnson Progressive Conservative
83 Whitecourt-Ste. Anne George VanderBurg Progressive Conservative

Summary of Results by Electoral Division

Electoral Division Candidates Political Affiliation Valid Votes Received Percentage of Votes Polled Names on List of Electors Percentage of Voter Turnout
01 Dunvegan-Central Peace Hector G. Goudreau PC 3,673 44.50%
Dale Lueken AA 3,332 40.30%
Leon R. Pendleton NDP 446 5.40%
Lanny Portsmouth SC 119 1.40%
Don Thompson LIB 691 8.40%
8,261 100.00% 15,168 54.80%
02 Calgary-Bow Margaret (Peggy) Askin IND 78 0.60%
Jennifer Banks NDP 1,135 9.00%
Alana DeLong PC 6,097 48.20%
James D Istvanffy AA 1,017 8.00%
Kelly McDonnell LIB 3,512 27.80%
Douglas A. Picken SC 97 0.80%
Marie Picken AG 714 5.60%
12,650 100.00% 27,026 47.10%
03 Calgary-Buffalo Harvey Cenaiko PC 3,365 43.50%
Elizabeth K Fielding SC 73 0.90%
Cliff Hesby NDP 457 5.90%
Nadine Hunka AA 294 3.80%
Grant Neufeld AG 670 8.70%
Carl Schwartz AP 56 0.70%
Terry Taylor LIB 2,815 36.40%
7,730 100.00% 24,689 31.50%
04 Calgary-Cross Raleigh Dehaney LIB 1,453 22.20%
Yvonne Fritz PC 3,770 57.70%
Gordon Huth AA 646 9.90%
Jeanie Keebler NDP 393 6.00%
Ryan Richardson AG 271 4.10%
6,533 100.00% 21,993 29.80%
05 Calgary-Currie Jon Lord PC 4,412 39.80%
Ken Mazeroll AA 348 3.10%
Robert Scobel NDP 468 4.20%
Dave Taylor LIB 5,046 45.50%
Kim Warnke AG 813 7.30%
11,087 100.00% 24,603 45.30%
06 Calgary-East Moe Amery PC 4,484 53.80%
Brad Berard AA 606 7.30%
Bonnie-Jean Collins CP - A 56 0.70%
Bill Harvey LIB 2,357 28.30%
Rick Michalenko AG 365 4.40%
Paul Vargis NDP 464 5.60%
8,332 100.00% 22,759 36.90%
07 Calgary-Egmont David Crutcher AA 1,658 14.80%
Christopher Dovey NDP 599 5.40%
Denis Herard PC 5,686 50.80%
Michael Queenan LIB 2,371 21.20%
George Read AG 875 7.80%
11,189 100.00% 27,265 41.20%
08 Calgary-Elbow Lloyd Blimke IND 51 0.40%
Diana-Lynn Brooks AA 488 3.60%
Stephen Brown LIB 4,938 36.50%
Trevor Grover SC 69 0.50%
Becky Kelley NDP 345 2.60%
Ralph Klein PC 6,958 51.50%
Allison Roth AG 668 4.90%
13,517 100.00% 25,968 52.40%
09 Calgary-Fish Creek Tore Badenduck LIB 2,845 24.10%
Heather Forsyth PC 6,829 57.80%
Mike Kuipers AA 781 6.60%
Eric Leavitt NDP 793 6.70%
Chris Sealy AG 561 4.80%
11,809 100.00% 26,174 45.30%
10 Calgary-Foothills Malcolm Forster NDP 398 3.90%
Vincent S. Jansen-Van Doorn AA 472 4.60%
Stephen Jenuth LIB 3,561 34.70%
Len Webber PC 5,819 56.80%
10,250 100.00% 27,739 37.00%
11 Calgary-Fort Wayne Cao PC 4,137 53.90%
Tyler Charkie AG 439 5.70%
Travis P. Chase AA 524 6.80%
Gerry Hart LIB 1,786 23.30%
Leo Ollenberger SPA 211 2.70%
Elizabeth A. Thomas NDP 584 7.60%
7,681 100.00% 23,271 33.40%
12 Calgary-Glenmore Larry R. Heather SC 127 1.00%
Holly Heffernan NDP 553 4.50%
Ernest McCutcheon AA 571 4.60%
Avalon Roberts LIB 4,364 35.20%
Evan Sklarski AG 532 4.30%
Ron Stevens PC 6,263 50.50%
12,410 100.00% 25,788 48.40%
13 Calgary-Hays Bernie Amell AG 378 4.40%
Sharon L. Howe LIB 1,926 22.20%
Art Johnston PC 5,523 63.80%
Robert Wawrzynowski AA 534 6.20%
Rachel Weinfeld NDP 298 3.40%
8,659 100.00% 24,936 34.80%
14 Calgary-Lougheed Ryan Boucher AG 471 4.40%
Tariq Khan AA 445 4.20%
Matt Koczkur NDP 365 3.40%
Al Pollock LIB 2,972 28.10%
Dave Rodney PC 6,336 59.80%
10,589 100.00% 26,209 40.60%
15 Calgary-Mackay Giorgio Cattabeni NDP 462 4.70%
Darryl G. Hawkins LIB 2,617 26.40%
Shawn Hubbard AA 626 6.30%
Gary Mar PC 5,575 56.20%
Paul Martin IND 200 2.00%
David McTavish AG 445 4.50%
9,925 100.00% 27,866 35.80%
16 Calgary-McCall Sean Brocklesby AG 338 4.60%
Ina Given AA 576 7.90%
Darshan S Kang LIB 2,891 39.50%
Shiraz Shariff PC 3,195 43.60%
Preet Sihota NDP 328 4.50%
7,328 100.00% 21,831 33.90%
17 Calgary-Montrose Cyril Collingwood AA 689 10.60%
Kevin Colton AG 355 5.50%
Arthur Danielson LIB 1,691 26.10%
Jason Nishiyama NDP 420 6.50%
Hung Pham PC 3,323 51.30%
6,478 100.00% 22,001 29.60%
18 Calgary-Mountain View Ryan Cassell AA 589 4.40%
John Donovan NDP 712 5.30%
Mark Hlady PC 4,088 30.40%
Mark MacGillivray AG 884 6.60%
David Swann LIB 7,162 53.30%
13,435 100.00% 27,299 49.50%
19 Calgary-North Hill Brent Best AA 627 6.20%
Aileen L. Machell NDP 643 6.40%
Richard Magnus PC 4,369 43.20%
Pat Murray LIB 3,212 31.80%
Susan Stratton AG 1,261 12.50%
10,112 100.00% 22,987 44.20%
20 Calgary-North West Bob Brunet NDP 520 3.70%
Jenell Friesen AA 620 4.40%
Jeffery Krekoski AG 637 4.50%
Greg Melchin PC 7,757 55.30%
Judy Stewart LIB 4,489 32.00%
14,023 100.00% 32,501 43.30%
21 Calgary-Nose Hill Len Borowski LIB 2,607 28.00%
Neil Brown PC 4,372 47.00%
Raymond (Chick) Hurst SC 180 1.90%
Dirk Huysman NDP 549 5.90%
John Johnson AG 583 6.30%
Bill McGregor AA 1,009 10.80%
9,300 100.00% 23,572 39.60%
22 Calgary-Shaw Cindy Ady PC 6,735 63.40%
Barry Chase AA 620 5.80%
Daniel Doherty SPA 170 1.60%
Rick Papineau AG 381 3.60%
John Roggeveen LIB 2,410 22.70%
Jarrett Young NDP 300 2.80%
10,616 100.00% 26,408 40.30%
23 Calgary-Varsity Ronald Beninger AA 765 5.40%
Harry B. Chase LIB 6,347 44.60%
Mark Gabruch NDP 637 4.50%
Richard Larson AG 761 5.40%
Leonard Skowronski SC 118 0.80%
Michael W. Smyth PC 5,591 39.30%
14,219 100.00% 26,318 54.20%
24 Calgary-West Chantelle Dubois NDP 408 3.00%
John Keyes AA 989 7.40%
James Kohut AG 731 5.50%
Ron Liepert PC 6,969 52.10%
Derek Smith LIB 4,284 32.00%
13,381 100.00% 31,736 42.30%
25 Edmonton-Beverly-Clareview Benoit Couture AG 141 1.40%
Philip Gamache AA 458 4.40%
Ray Martin NDP 5,259 50.80%
Sam Parmar LIB 1,164 11.30%
Ken Shipka SC 283 2.70%
Julius Yankowsky PC 3,041 29.40%
10,346 100.00% 23,569 44.00%
26 Edmonton-Calder David Eggen NDP 4,067 36.00%
Vicki Kramer AA 513 4.50%
Brent Rathgeber PC 3,730 33.00%
Brad Smith LIB 2,985 26.40%
11,295 100.00% 23,153 49.00%
27 Edmonton-Castle Downs Peter Cross NDP 1,314 10.90%
Chris Kibermanis LIB 5,019 41.80%
Ross Korpi SC 78 0.60%
Thomas Lukaszuk PC 5,022 41.80%
Colin Presizniuk AA 586 4.90%
12,019 100.00% 29,226 41.30%
28 Edmonton-Centre Mary Elizabeth Archer NDP 1,319 12.10%
Laurie Blakeman LIB 6,203 57.10%
Tony Caterina AA 280 2.60%
Linda Clements SC 112 1.00%
David J. Parker AG 333 3.10%
Don Weideman PC 2,622 24.10%
10,869 100.00% 22,362 49.00%
29 Edmonton-Decore Shirley Barg NDP 1,525 15.40%
Bill Bonko LIB 4,434 44.80%
Geoffrey Chevrier SC 91 0.90%
Gary Masyk AA 831 8.40%
Walter Szwender PC 3,007 30.40%
9,888 100.00% 24,735 40.20%
30 Edmonton-Ellerslie Bharat Agnihotri LIB 3,446 33.80%
Marilyn Assheton-Smith NDP 2,258 22.10%
Gurnam Dodd PC 3,245 31.80%
Amelia Maciejewski SC 238 2.30%
Eleanor Maroes AA 1,009 9.90%
10,196 100.00% 23,563 43.40%
31 Edmonton-Glenora Larry Booi NDP 4,052 30.90%
Blaine Currie AA 307 2.30%
Drew Hutton PC 3,759 28.70%
Peter Johnston AG 271 2.10%
Bruce Miller LIB 4,604 35.10%
Walter Schachenhofer SC 113 0.90%
13,106 100.00% 23,320 56.60%
32 Edmonton-Gold Bar Manjit Dhaliwal PC 2,572 18.30%
Dave Dowling IND 167 1.20%
Delmar Hunt AA 538 3.80%
Hugh MacDonald LIB 8,798 62.70%
Keith Turnbull NDP 1,967 14.00%
14,042 100.00% 25,326 55.80%
33 Edmonton-Highlands-Norwood Dale W. Ferris IND 66 0.70%
Ray Loyer AA 305 3.20%
Jason Manzevich LIB 1,035 10.70%
Terry Martiniuk PC 2,208 22.80%
Brian Mason NDP 6,054 62.60%
9,668 100.00% 22,832 42.60%
34 Edmonton-Manning Ross Adshead AG 240 2.20%
Dan Backs LIB 3,929 36.10%
Laurie Lang NDP 2,383 21.90%
Mike Pietramala AA 532 4.90%
Sean Tisdall SC 158 1.50%
Tony Vandermeer PC 3,647 33.50%
10,889 100.00% 25,163 43.40%
35 Edmonton-McClung Reuben Bauer AA 401 3.10%
Patrick Conlin SC 105 0.80%
Lorne Dach NDP 1,358 10.40%
Mo Elsalhy LIB 5,859 44.90%
Mark Norris PC 5,333 40.80%
13,056 100.00% 25,269 51.80%
36 Edmonton-Meadowlark Lance Burns NDP 1,306 12.20%
Aaron Campbell AA 446 4.10%
Amanda Doyle AG 243 2.30%
Bob Maskell PC 4,242 39.50%
Peggy Morton IND 76 0.70%
Maurice Tougas LIB 4,435 41.30%
10,748 100.00% 23,845 45.30%
37 Edmonton-Mill Creek Robert J. Alford AA 523 4.30%
Aman Gill LIB 4,289 35.60%
Cameron Johnson IND 72 0.60%
Eric Stieglitz AG 386 3.20%
Nathan Taylor NDP 1,709 14.20%
Gene Zwozdesky PC 5,070 42.10%
12,049 100.00% 24,419 49.50%
38 Edmonton-Mill Woods Naresh Bhardwaj PC 2,992 28.70%
Weslyn Mather LIB 5,012 48.00%
Lloyd Nelson NDP 1,565 15.00%
Naomi Rankin CP - A 42 0.40%
Charles Relland AA 829 7.90%
10,440 100.00% 23,319 45.00%
39 Edmonton-Riverview David Edgar AA 313 2.00%
Fred Horne PC 3,575 22.80%
John Lackey AG 357 2.30%
Donna Martyn NDP 1,058 6.70%
David W. Power SC 116 0.70%
Kevin Taft LIB 10,280 65.50%
15,699 100.00% 25,060 62.90%
40 Edmonton-Rutherford Anita Ashmore SC 210 1.60%
R. J. (Bob) Ewart AA 516 3.90%
Ian McClelland PC 4,173 31.80%
Rick Miller LIB 7,221 55.10%
George A. Slade NDP 995 7.60%
13,115 100.00% 24,096 54.60%
41 Edmonton-Strathcona Jeremy Burns AA 273 2.20%
Adrian Cole AG 288 2.30%
Kelly Graham SC 160 1.30%
Steven Leard LIB 1,854 15.10%
Raj Pannu NDP 7,463 60.70%
Shannon Stubbs PC 2,266 18.40%
12,304 100.00% 24,830 49.90%
42 Edmonton-Whitemud John Andrews IND 74 0.50%
Brian Fleck NDP 1,639 10.10%
Dave Hancock PC 7,494 46.10%
Kathy Rayner AA 471 2.90%
Donna L Smith LIB 6,568 40.40%
16,246 100.00% 30,949 52.60%
43 Airdrie-Chestermere John Burke LIB 1,633 13.80%
Bradley Gaida AA 758 6.40%
Jerry Gautreau SC 178 1.50%
Carol Haley PC 6,842 57.80%
Bob Lefurgey SPA 394 3.30%
Grant Massie NDP 569 4.80%
Angela Scully AG 434 3.70%
Jeff Willerton AP 1,036 8.70%
11,844 100.00% 30,096 39.50%
44 Athabasca-Redwater Nicole Belland LIB 3,253 27.20%
Mike Cardinal PC 5,707 47.70%
Luke De Smet AG 252 2.10%
Leonard Fish SC 177 1.50%
Peter Opryshko NDP 1,397 11.70%
Sean Whelan AA 1,184 9.90%
11,970 100.00% 24,074 49.90%
45 Banff-Cochrane Bob Argent AA 477 5.90%
Melissa Cambridge NDP 467 5.80%
Chris Foote AG 1,204 15.00%
Ian McDougall LIB 1,648 20.50%
Janis Tarchuk PC 4,238 52.80%
8,034 100.00% 21,330 38.00%
46 Barrhead-Morinville-Westlock Alan Fiebich LIB 2,310 19.40%
Carl Haugen SC 407 3.40%
Peggy Kirkeby NDP 1,113 9.30%
Ken Kowalski PC 7,066 59.30%
Mike Radojcic AA 1,020 8.60%
11,916 100.00% 22,732 52.60%
47 Battle River-Wainwright Doug Griffiths PC 6,406 65.00%
Len Legault NDP 616 6.30%
Gordon Rogers LIB 1,069 10.80%
Robin Skitteral SC 320 3.20%
Orest Werezak AA 1,442 14.60%
9,853 100.00% 20,368 48.50%
48 Bonnyville-Cold Lake Denis Ducharme PC 3,621 63.70%
Shane Gervais AA 973 17.10%
Lloyd Mildon LIB 781 13.70%
Denise Ogonoski NDP 311 5.50%
5,686 100.00% 17,704 32.30%
49 Cardston-Taber-Warner Luann Bannister NDP 185 2.10%
Lindsay Ferguson AG 225 2.50%
Paul Hinman AA 3,885 44.00%
Broyce Jacobs PC 3,756 42.50%
Paula Shimp LIB 783 8.90%
8,834 100.00% 19,030 46.70%
50 Cypress-Medicine Hat Stuart Angle LIB 2,222 26.40%
Cliff Anten NDP 358 4.30%
Leonard Mitzel PC 4,628 55.00%
Dan H. Pierson AA 652 7.70%
Eric Solberg SC 562 6.70%
8,422 100.00% 22,181 38.20%
51 Drayton Valley-Calmar Tony Abbott PC 5,225 59.30%
Thomas Cliff SC 243 2.80%
Viona Cunningham AA 766 8.70%
Edwin Erickson AG 929 10.50%
Laura Higgerty LIB 890 10.10%
Elmer Knopp IND 116 1.30%
Lynn Oberle NDP 642 7.30%
8,811 100.00% 19,214 46.10%
52 Drumheller-Stettler Richard Bough NDP 869 8.30%
David Carnegie SPA 465 4.50%
Dave France AA 1,414 13.60%
Mary-Lou Kloppenburg SC 279 2.70%
Shirley McClellan PC 6,772 65.00%
Eileen Walker AP 616 5.90%
10,415 100.00% 20,653 50.70%
53 Foothills-Rocky View Herb Coburn LIB 1,956 17.40%
Jason Herasemluk AA 1,088 9.70%
F. L. (Ted) Morton PC 6,782 60.30%
Roland Schmidt NDP 232 2.10%
Shelley Willson AG 1,188 10.60%
11,246 100.00% 22,420 50.50%
54 Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo Guy C. Boutilier PC 4,433 63.20%
Russell W. (Russ) Collicott LIB 1,802 25.70%
Eugene Eklund AA 224 3.20%
Dave Malka NDP 462 6.60%
Reginald Normore IND 94 1.30%
7,015 100.00% 26,618 26.40%
55 Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville Wes Buyarski NDP 1,633 12.80%
Byron King AA 1,411 11.10%
Mark R. Patterson SC 379 3.00%
Peter Schneider LIB 3,160 24.80%
Ed Stelmach PC 6,160 48.30%
12,743 100.00% 24,831 51.40%
56 Grande Prairie-Smoky Mel Knight PC 4,369 56.40%
Neil Peacock LIB 1,965 25.40%
Hank Rahn AA 685 8.80%
Georgina Szoke NDP 724 9.40%
7,743 100.00% 22,083 35.20%
57 Grande Prairie-Wapiti Gordon Graydon PC 4,346 55.10%
John Hilton-O'Brien AA 546 6.90%
Jerry MacDonald NDP 971 12.30%
Cibylla Rakestraw LIB 1,681 21.30%
Allan Webber AG 348 4.40%
7,892 100.00% 21,683 36.50%
58 Highwood Lori Czerwinski LIB 1,846 17.40%
George Groeneveld PC 6,737 63.60%
Sheelagh Matthews AG 547 5.20%
Cory Morgan SPA 300 2.80%
Catherine Whelan Costen NDP 433 4.10%
Brian Wickhorst AA 731 6.90%
10,594 100.00% 23,519 45.20%
59 Innisfail-Sylvan Lake Garth Davis LIB 1,817 16.20%
Chris Janke NDP 585 5.20%
Luke Ouellette PC 6,208 55.40%
Randy Thorsteinson AA 2,241 20.00%
Wilf Tricker SC 359 3.20%
11,210 100.00% 24,087 46.70%
60 Lac La Biche-St. Paul Dickson Broomfield LIB 1,879 20.60%
Ray Danyluk PC 4,896 53.60%
Phil Goebel NDP 649 7.10%
Oscar Lacombe AA 1,703 18.70%
9,127 100.00% 18,451 49.60%
61 Lacombe-Ponoka Teena Cormack SC 461 3.50%
Jim Graves NDP 1,133 8.70%
Ed Klop AA 2,349 18.00%
Ray Prins PC 6,923 52.90%
Glen T Simmonds LIB 2,214 16.90%
13,080 100.00% 26,373 49.80%
62 Leduc-Beaumont-Devon Joyce Assen LIB 3,426 26.50%
Dave Dalke AA 1,140 8.80%
Stephen Lindop AG 382 3.00%
Katie Oppen NDP 902 7.00%
Karen Richert SC 250 1.90%
George Rogers PC 6,814 52.80%
12,914 100.00% 27,025 47.90%
63 Lesser Slave Lake Doris Bannister NDP 354 5.90%
Pearl Calahasen PC 3,903 64.90%
Ian Hopfe AG 254 4.20%
Jonathan Pleckaitis LIB 530 8.80%
Valerie Rahn AA 969 16.10%
6,010 100.00% 19,259 31.40%
64 Lethbridge-East Rod Fong PC 4,703 36.90%
Erin Matthews AG 360 2.80%
Gaye Metz NDP 606 4.80%
Bridget Pastoor LIB 5,338 41.90%
Darren Popik SC 252 2.00%
Brian Stewart AA 1,472 11.60%
12,731 100.00% 26,430 48.40%
65 Lethbridge-West Bal Boora LIB 3,629 32.80%
Clint Dunford PC 4,411 39.80%
Mark Sandilands NDP 1,357 12.30%
Scott Sawatsky SC 375 3.40%
Andrea Sheridan AG 385 3.50%
Merle Terlesky AA 913 8.20%
11,070 100.00% 24,471 45.50%
66 Little Bow Brian Cook SC 554 6.10%
Arij Langstraat LIB 1,961 21.70%
Hugh Logie NDP 328 3.60%
Barry McFarland PC 4,899 54.20%
Jay Phin AA 857 9.50%
Grant Shaw SPA 433 4.80%
9,032 100.00% 19,835 45.80%
67 Livingstone-Macleod David Coutts PC 5,097 51.00%
George Lyster AA 1,492 14.90%
Joyce Thomas NDP 628 6.30%
Jim Walker SPA 339 3.40%
Chris Watts AG 391 3.90%
Craig Whitehead LIB 2,044 20.50%
9,991 100.00% 22,361 44.90%
68 Medicine Hat Diana Arnott NDP 547 5.20%
Karen Charlton LIB 3,419 32.50%
Scott Cowan AA 1,060 10.10%
Jonathan Lorentzen SC 242 2.30%
Rob Renner PC 5,261 50.00%
10,529 100.00% 25,746 41.20%
69 Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills Christopher Davies NDP 257 2.10%
Sarah Henckel-Sutmoller AG 469 3.80%
Myrna Kissick SC 143 1.20%
Richard Marz PC 7,277 59.40%
Gordon Quantz AA 2,023 16.50%
Brian Vasseur SPA 746 6.10%
Tony Vonesch LIB 1,336 10.90%
12,251 100.00% 21,718 56.60%
70 Peace River Adam Bourque LIB 1,092 20.80%
Garry Checknita AA 537 10.20%
Stephen Crocker NDP 546 10.40%
Patsy Lindberg SC 194 3.70%
Frank Oberle PC 2,884 54.90%
5,253 100.00% 17,142 30.70%
71 Red Deer-North Steven Bedford NDP 432 5.00%
Colin Fisher AG 244 2.80%
Mary Anne Jablonski PC 3,733 42.80%
Norm McDougall LIB 2,647 30.40%
Rand Sisson AA 1,657 19.00%
8,713 100.00% 22,419 39.10%
72 Red Deer-South Patti Argent AA 1,418 11.90%
Victor Doerksen PC 5,373 44.90%
Walter Kubanek LIB 4,077 34.10%
Judy Milne SPA 261 2.20%
Jeff Sloychuk NDP 835 7.00%
11,964 100.00% 27,486 43.70%
73 Rocky Mountain House Lavern J. Ahlstrom SC 1,265 12.30%
Bruce Hutton SPA 503 4.90%
Jennifer Isaac AG 335 3.30%
Anthony Jones NDP 300 2.90%
Ty Lund PC 5,773 56.30%
Susan M. Scott LIB 1,266 12.40%
Ed Wilhite AA 807 7.90%
10,249 100.00% 21,587 47.70%
74 Sherwood Park Gordon Barrett SC 474 3.10%
Iris Evans PC 7,281 48.10%
Cora Labonte AA 444 2.90%
Lynn Lau AG 362 2.40%
Louise Rogers LIB 5,587 36.90%
Tim Sloan NDP 996 6.60%
15,144 100.00% 26,501 57.20%
75 Spruce Grove-Sturgeon-St. Albert Dale Apostal NDP 1,020 7.50%
Glen Blaylock SC 170 1.20%
Ray Boudreau LIB 5,540 40.70%
Tim Friesen AA 741 5.40%
Doug Horner PC 6,139 45.10%
13,610 100.00% 27,709 49.30%
76 St. Albert Conrad Bitangcol AG 407 2.70%
Jack Flaherty LIB 6,476 42.60%
Michaela Meldrum AA 591 3.90%
Mary O'Neill PC 6,062 39.90%
Travis Thompson NDP 1,652 10.90%
15,188 100.00% 28,872 52.70%
77 Stony Plain Marilyn Burns AA 1,904 15.20%
Bill Fraser LIB 3,381 27.00%
Fred Lindsay PC 5,581 44.50%
Henry Neumann SC 310 2.50%
Ruth Yanor NDP 1,362 10.90%
12,538 100.00% 26,086 48.20%
78 Strathcona Thomas Elchuk NDP 1,145 8.20%
Jon Friel LIB 4,115 29.40%
Rob Lougheed PC 6,871 49.10%
Roberta McDonald SPA 297 2.10%
Brian Rembowski SC 329 2.40%
Ryan Seto AA 467 3.30%
Bruce Stubbs AP 773 5.50%
13,997 100.00% 27,983 50.30%
79 Strathmore-Brooks Carrol Jaques LIB 1,178 12.80%
Jay Kolody SPA 576 6.20%
Don MacFarlane NDP 416 4.50%
Rudy Martens SC 319 3.50%
Lyle Oberg PC 5,916 64.10%
Mark D Ogden AA 831 9.00%
9,236 100.00% 25,686 36.20%
80 Vermilion-Lloydminster David Benoit AA 2,437 26.60%
Lloyd Snelgrove PC 5,466 59.70%
Ray Stone NDP 553 6.00%
Patricia Thomas LIB 706 7.70%
9,162 100.00% 21,796 42.10%
81 West Yellowhead Earle Cunningham AA 675 8.20%
Rob Jolly LIB 1,666 20.30%
Barry Madsen NDP 1,771 21.60%
Monika Schaefer AG 343 4.20%
Ivan Strang PC 3,753 45.70%
8,208 100.00% 17,706 46.50%
82 Wetaskiwin-Camrose Keith Elliott LIB 2,713 24.00%
LeRoy Johnson PC 6,177 54.70%
Clay Lawson NDP 909 8.00%
Dale Trefz AA 1,194 10.60%
Janice H. Wolter SC 309 2.70%
11,302 100.00% 24,198 46.90%
83 Whitecourt-Ste. Anne David Dow AA 2,331 24.20%
George Higgerty LIB 1,219 12.70%
Leah Redmond NDP 996 10.40%
George VanderBurg PC 5,073 52.70%
9,619 100.00% 20,681 46.80%

Note: Percentage of voter turnout includes rejected and declined ballots, in addition to valid ballots cast, as reflected in the poll-by-poll results.
         Names appear in the order and as recorded on ballots. Names in bold print represent elected candidates.

Party Abbreviations:
AA: Alberta Alliance Party LIB: Alberta Liberal Party
AG: Alberta Green Party NDP: Alberta New Democratic Party
AP: Alberta Party PC: Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta
CP - A: Communist Party - Alberta SC: Alberta Social Credit Party
IND: Independent (no political party affiliation) SPA: Separation Party of Alberta

List of Returning Officers....

Enumeration and General Election

Electoral Division Name Residence
01 Dunvegan-Central Peace Larry Chorney Fairview
02 Calgary-Bow Sylvia Langlois Calgary
03 Calgary-Buffalo Carol Potter Calgary
04 Calgary-Cross Wally Clarke Calgary
05 Calgary-Currie Sandra Penner Calgary
06 Calgary-East Le-Ann Lundgren Calgary
07 Calgary-Egmont Doreen Green Calgary
08 Calgary-Elbow Norma Gilbert Calgary
09 Calgary-Fish Creek Wendy Watson Calgary
10 Calgary-Foothills Maureen Sullivan Calgary
11 Calgary-Fort Sheila Cooper Calgary
12 Calgary-Glenmore Carol Kiernan Calgary
13 Calgary-Hays Tracy Cochrane Calgary
14 Calgary-Lougheed Margaret Tatham Calgary
15 Calgary-Mackay Barry Rupert Calgary
16 Calgary-McCall Shirley Barwise Calgary
17 Calgary-Montrose Lynn Warkentin Calgary
18 Calgary-Mountain View Margot Aftergood* Calgary
Lisa Scheffelmaier** Calgary
*Appointed for August/September 2004 Enumeration
**Appointed for November 22, 2004 Provincial General Election
19 Calgary-North Hill Belva Moodie Calgary
20 Calgary-North West Carleen Severs Calgary
21 Calgary-Nose Hill Nels Crowther Calgary
22 Calgary-Shaw Sandra Fedorchuk Calgary
23 Calgary-Varsity Mary Lou Robertson Calgary
24 Calgary-West Barry Whistlecraft Calgary
25 Edmonton-Beverly-Clareview Roger Poloway Edmonton
26 Edmonton-Calder Verna Acton Edmonton
27 Edmonton-Castle Downs Elizabeth Burk Edmonton
28 Edmonton-Centre Maureen Tetzlaff Edmonton
29 Edmonton-Decore William Maxim Edmonton
30 Edmonton-Ellerslie Dennis Seelochan Edmonton
31 Edmonton-Glenora Kathy Strawson Edmonton
32 Edmonton-Gold Bar Tom Forgrave Edmonton
33 Edmonton-Highlands-Norwood Dan Papirnik Edmonton
34 Edmonton-Manning Walter Ewoniak Edmonton
35 Edmonton-McClung Donald Clarke Edmonton
36 Edmonton-Meadowlark Donald McCallum Edmonton
37 Edmonton-Mill Creek Dennis Koroluk Edmonton
38 Edmonton-Mill Woods Jacqueline Elton Edmonton
39 Edmonton-Riverview Teresa Griffiths Edmonton
40 Edmonton-Rutherford Ried Zittlau Edmonton
41 Edmonton-Strathcona Leslie Silver Edmonton
42 Edmonton-Whitemud Bernard Zolner Edmonton
43 Airdrie-Chestermere Herbert Buchanan Airdrie
44 Athabasca-Redwater Joanne Hrycun Gibbons
45 Banff-Cochrane Susann Britton Canmore
46 Barrhead-Morinville-Westlock Clement Fagnan Westlock
47 Battle River-Wainwright Sue Frissell Wainwright
48 Bonnyville-Cold Lake Robert Engleder Cold Lake
49 Cardston-Taber-Warner Daryll Leavitt Cardston
50 Cypress-Medicine Hat Lyn Dillenbeck Foremost
51 Drayton Valley-Calmar Donna Palmer Drayton Valley
52 Drumheller-Stettler Keith Peers Drumheller
53 Foothills-Rocky View Pam Kondrat Airdrie
54 Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo Pauline Gauthier Fort McMurray
55 Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville Margaret Wade Fort Saskatchewan
56 Grande Prairie-Smoky Lana Fjellner Valleyview
57 Grande Prairie-Wapiti Betty Phillips-Simpson Grande Prairie
58 Highwood Kellie Cartwright High River
59 Innisfail-Sylvan Lake Kenneth Fulton Innisfail
60 Lac La Biche-St. Paul Linda Ference St. Paul
61 Lacombe-Ponoka Elsie Brewin Blackfalds
62 Leduc-Beaumont-Devon Cathy McGregor Beaumont
63 Lesser Slave Lake Kerrie Patrick High Prairie
64 Lethbridge-East Jan M. Okamura Lethbridge
65 Lethbridge-West Clifford Brown Lethbridge
66 Little Bow Delbert Olsen Vulcan
67 Livingstone-Macleod Carol Brown Pincher Creek
68 Medicine Hat Allan Bloomfield Medicine Hat
69 Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills Jim Allison Didsbury
70 Peace River Cheryl Anderson Peace River
71 Red Deer-North Bettylyn Baker Red Deer
72 Red Deer-South Noreen Stuart Red Deer
73 Rocky Mountain House Mervin Rockel Rocky Mountain House
74 Sherwood Park Marlene Martin Sherwood Park
75 Spruce Grove-Sturgeon-St. Albert Louise Kluthe Morinville
76 St. Albert Donna Parchewsky St. Albert
77 Stony Plain Sylvia Wood Spruce Grove
78 Strathcona Brenda Evans Sherwood Park
79 Strathmore-Brooks Dinah Hiebert Brooks
80 Vermilion-Lloydminster Borden Kaminsky Innisfree
81 West Yellowhead Betty Stitzenberger Edson
82 Wetaskiwin-Camrose Lila Bowtell Camrose
83 Whitecourt-Ste. Anne Judy Patterson Mayerthorpe