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Encyclopedia > Alberta provincial electoral districts

Alberta provincial electoral districts are currently single member ridings that each elect one member to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. There are 83 current districts fixed in law in Alberta, Canada. The Legislative Assembly of Alberta meets in the provincial capital, Edmonton. ...


History

The original twenty five districts were drawn up by Liberal Member of Parliament Frank Oliver prior to the first general election of 1905. The original boundaries were widely regarded as being gerrymandered to favor the Alberta Liberal Party. Every boundary redistribution since 1905 has been based off the original boundaries, with districts being split or merged. The Liberal Party of Canada (French: Parti libéral du Canada) is Canadas current governing political party. ... A Member of Parliament, or MP, is a representative elected by the voters of an electoral district to a parliament; in the Westminster system, specifically to the lower house. ... The Alberta Liberal Party is a political party in Alberta, Canada. ...


From 1905 to 1926 with only a few exceptions districts were elected with one man on the First Past the Post system. Calgary and Edmonton as well as Medicine Hat were elected on a plurality block vote, where each voter had as many votes as candidates were elected. The plurality voting system, also known as first past the post, is a voting system used to elect a single winner in a given election. ... The Calgary Provincial Electoral District existed from 1905 to 1913 and 1921 to 1959 and changed significantly over the years with the ever expanding city boundarys, In 1905 members were elected under First Past the Post. ... Edmonton provincial electoral district existed in two incarnations from 1905 - 1909 and again from 1921 - 1955. ... Medicine Hat is an Albertan provincial electoral district, covering most of the city of Medicine Hat. ...


There have also been a couple of cases where members were elected at large, and did not represent any districts.


From 1926 to 1955 members in Calgary and Edmonton were elected in Single Transferable Vote super ridings that had five to seven members. Outside of the two cities one member was elected under the optional system, with vote transfer taking place only if one candidate had less then 50% of the vote. There was no district changes between 1926 and 1940. The Calgary Provincial Electoral District existed from 1905 to 1913 and 1921 to 1959 and changed significantly over the years with the ever expanding city boundarys, In 1905 members were elected under First Past the Post. ... Edmonton provincial electoral district existed in two incarnations from 1905 - 1909 and again from 1921 - 1955. ... This STV ballot for the Australian Senate illustrates group voting tickets. ...


With Alberta in a population boom in the fifties and Calgary and Edmonton growing, single transferable vote was becoming too complicated, with vote counting taking days before any results could be announced. In 1959 the super ridings were broken up and the voting system was made standard across the province. Motto: Heart of the new west Area: 712. ... More than one place has the name Edmonton. ...


In 1977 Elections Alberta was created to independently over see election laws. Independent boundary commissions were setup to tweak the boundaries to population changes that occured after every census. Elections Alberta is the non-partisan organization which oversees general elections and by-elections for the Alberta Legislature. ...


In 1986 the number of districts reached its peak at 83, since then there has been a decline in the number of rural districts in favor of city districts in Calgary, leading some to criticize the city for having too much power.


Unlike some provinces such as Prince Edward Island and Saskatchewan districts are created and abolished with great frequency, where as districts in those provinces have remained the same for decades. Motto: Parva Sub Ingenti (The small under the protection of the great) Other Canadian provinces and territories Capital Charlottetown Largest city Charlottetown Lieutenant-Governor J. Léonce Bernard Premier Pat Binns (PC) Area 5,660 km² (13th) • Land 5,660 km² • Water 0 km² (0%) Population (2004) â... Motto: Multis E Gentibus Vires (From many peoples, strength) Other Canadian provinces and territories Capital Regina Largest city Saskatoon Lieutenant-Governor Lynda M. Haverstock Premier Lorne Calvert (NDP) Area 651,036 km² (7th) • Land 591,670 km² • Water 59,366 km² (9. ...


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