|Liberals capture Klein's former seat in Alberta

There is no anlaysis as to why this happened unfortunately. I was surprised to see that the Liberals have 16 seats provincially and even the NDP four. I thought that provincial governments were usually even more lopsided in Alberta!


Alberta Liberals win byelection in Ralph Klein's old riding


Jun 12, 2007 11:54 PM
Canadian press

CALGARY–Voters in Calgary-Elbow, the riding once held by former premier Ralph Klein, have delivered a hard head shot to Alberta's governing party and its newbie premier tonight.

In one of two byelections, Liberal candidate Craig Cheffins defeated Progressive Conservative rival Brian Heninger in the central Calgary seat that had been home to Tory royalty since it was created in 1971.

In the sprawling riding of Drumheller-Stettler, east of Calgary, Jack Hayden successfully raised the Tory standard once again in a region his party has won by lopsided margins ever since it was wrested from the Social Credit party in 1979.

The byelections were the first tests at the ballot box for Premier Ed Stelmach since he took over the top job from Klein late last year.

Klein had held Calgary-Elbow for 18 years before stepping down in January.

The Tories now have 61 seats in the 83-seat legislature while the Liberals have 16, the NDP have four and the Alberta Alliance has one; there is one Independent.

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