Camrose is a city in central Alberta, amid some of the richest farmland in the prairies. It is a small city which grew up along a railroad and now grows along Highway 13; the area around Camrose was first settled in around 1900. At that time the nearby settlement of Wetaskiwin was a major centre for pioneers; the site, to be Camrose was about a day's journey from Wetaskiwin along the railroad, which made it a popular place on the route of pioneers. Soon businessmen and other settlers arrived to stay; the settlers came from Scandinavian countries, such as Norway and Sweden, many settlers came from the United States. At that time the settlement was known as the hamlet of Stoney Creek. In 1904, Stoney Creek began receiving mail service, its first businesses began to open, its first RCMP officer arrived. On May 4, 1905, the settlement was incorporated as the Village of Sparling, named for Reverend Dr. Sparling of Winnipeg. However, because the name was confused with Sperling and Stirling, in 1906 the Village Council renamed the settlement to Camrose.
There is no factual evidence about the reason for the choice of the name Camrose, but it is thought that it was named after the Village of Camrose in Pembrokeshire, South Wales. In December 1906, Camrose was incorporated as a town. In 1906, Camrose opened its first newspaper, The Camrose Mail, replaced in 1908 by the Camrose Canadian, published until 2018. In March 1907 the town erected a building for town administration, which held its first police and fire station. In May 1907, it spent $10,000 on its schoolhouse. In October 1907 men from Alberta Government Telephones set up Camrose's first telephone exchange, by 1908 about fifty residents had telephone access. 1911 saw the construction of Camrose's first power plant. From 1905 to 1914, there was a great deal of railway construction in the Camrose area. Camrose became a bit of a railroad hub, sitting on railways that connected to Edmonton and Calgary, as well as many of the smaller towns in central Alberta, such as Vegreville, Stettler and Wetaskiwin.
By 1914, twelve passenger trains came through Camrose daily. In those days the growth of Camrose was linked with the railway. On June 26, 1912, the first building of the Camrose Lutheran College was opened. Today the campus continues as the Augustana Faculty of the University of Alberta. During World War II, the Camrose Fairgrounds were converted to an army training grounds. About ten H-Shaped huts were built, as well as a medical building and a storehouse. Thousands of Canadian boys came to Camrose to receive their basic training. Camrose became a city on January 1, 1955. By 1958, Camrose had converted the old post office into the new City Hall. In 1954, Camrose had sold the old town hall to the federal government, so in the interim the city council met for three years in the hall of the local Methodist Church. Camrose has continued to expand as the significance of the railroads waned, it is now stretching out along Highway 13, is becoming a major stop for travellers along that road. With the advent of the Big Valley Jamboree in Camrose it has become more oriented towards tourism and hospitality.
Camrose was host to an Alberta Music Camp for upwards of 40 years, named MusiCamrose, until it changed to MusiCamp Alberta, now hosted in Red Deer, Alberta. It celebrated its 50th anniversary in the summer of 2007, it was founded by Peterkin. On Wednesday, October 26, 2005, a single lottery ticket worth $54,000,000 was sold in Camrose; the ticket belonged to 17 oil industry workers. In August 2006, Camrose held a Founders Day when four men were inducted as founding fathers of Camrose. Camrose is situated about 90 kilometres from the capital of Alberta. Camrose is a small city, but is growing along Highway 13, which runs through its centre. Camrose is located in a transitory region of Alberta, between prairie and boreal forest, known as aspen parkland, it is a major economic centre for many small farming communities in the surrounding area. The Stoney Creek flows into the Battle River south of the city. Camrose falls into the NRC Plant Hardiness Zone 3b. In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the City of Camrose recorded a population of 18,742 living in 8,055 of its 8,520 total private dwellings, a change of 8.4% from its 2011 population of 17,286.
With a land area of 42.62 km2, it had a population density of 439.7/km2 in 2016. The population of the City of Camrose according to its 2016 municipal census is 18,044, a change of 0.03% from its 2014 municipal census population of 18,038. In the 2011 Census, the City of Camrose had a population of 17,286 living in 7,460 of its 7,945 total dwellings, a change of 10.6% from its 2006 adjusted population of 15,630. With a land area of 42.5 km2, it had a population density of 406.7/km2 in 2011. The primary ancestries are Scandinavian, English, Scottish and Aboriginal. English is the first language of 90% of the population. About 2.1% of residents said German, 1.1% said Ukrainian, 1.0% said French, 0.7% said Spanish was their first language. The next most common languages were Chinese and Dutch at 0.6% each, followed by Danish and Norwegian at 0.4% each, Swedish at 0.3%, Lao at 0.2%. The 2001 census found 85% of residents identified as Christian, whil
Calgary Forest Lawn
Calgary Forest Lawn is a federal electoral district in Alberta, represented in the House of Commons of Canada since 2015. Calgary Forest Lawn was created by the 2012 federal electoral boundaries redistribution and was defined in the 2013 representation order, it came into effect upon the call of the 42nd Canadian federal election, scheduled for October 2015. It was created out of parts of the electoral districts of Calgary Northeast. According to the Canada 2011 CensusEthnic groups: 47.4% White, 11.0% South Asian, 7.9% Filipino, 6.7% Southeast Asian, 6.1% Black, 5.2% Chinese, 5.0% Arab, 5.0% Indigenous, 2.6% Latino, 3.1% OtherLanguages: 59.1% English, 5.2% Vietnamese, 4.7% Chinese, 4.7% Tagalog, 4.6% Punjabi, 3.8% Arabic, 2.6% Spanish, 1.5% Urdu, 1.4% French, 12.4% OtherReligions: 49.6% Christian, 11.6% Muslim, 6.0% Buddhist, 4.7% Sikh, 2.2% Hindu, 0.7% Other, 25.2% NoneMedian income: $27,331 Average income: $33,458 This riding has elected the following members of the House of Commons of Canada
Medicine Hat—Cardston—Warner is a federal electoral district in southern Alberta, represented in the House of Commons of Canada since 1908. Following the Canadian federal electoral redistribution, 2012, the riding was renamed Medicine Hat—Cardston—Warner. In 2006, 40.3% of the population of the Medicine Hat riding were of German ethnic origin, the highest such percentage in all of Canada. In the 42nd Canadian Parliament, the seat was represented by Jim Hillyer of the Conservative Party of Canada until his death on 23 March 2016. In the first by-election in the history of the Medicine Hat constituency held on 24 October 2016, Glen Motz of the Conservatives was elected; the constituency covers the City of Medicine Hat and surrounding areas in the southeast corner and southern border region of Alberta, including Cypress County, the County of Forty Mile No. 8, Warner No. 5 and Cardston County. According to the Canada 2011 CensusEthnic groups: 87.5% White, 8.9% AboriginalLanguages: 86.4% English, 7.4% German, 1.2% French, ~1.1% Blackfoot Religions: 72.0% Christian, 1.2% Traditional Aboriginal Spirituality, 25.6% None.
Median income: $29,534 Average income: $39,940 Soon after the province of Alberta was admitted to Confederation in 1905, this electoral district was created – in 1907 – from Alberta and Assiniboia West ridings. During the 2012 electoral redistribution, "Medicine Hat" was succeeded by "Medicine Hat—Cardston—Warner", losing territory to Bow River and Battle River—Crowfoot, gaining territory from Lethbridge and Macleod. Note: Change based on redistributed results. Conservative vote is compared to the total of Progressive Conservative and Canadian Alliance vote in 2000. Note: Canadian Alliance vote is compared to the Reform vote in 1997. Note: Change based on redistributed results. List of Canadian federal electoral districts Alberta federal electoral districts Past Canadian electoral districts " Census Profile". 2011 census. Statistics Canada. 2012. Retrieved 2011-03-06. Riding history for Medicine Hat from the Library of Parliament Expenditures - 2008 Expenditures - 2004 Expenditures - 2000 Expenditures - 1997 Elections Canada Website of the Parliament of Canada
Chestermere named Chestermere Lake, is a city in the Canadian province of Alberta, within Rocky View County. It is a commuter town of Calgary and is a member municipality of the Calgary Regional Partnership; the city, which surrounds Chestermere Lake, was known as Chestermere Lake from 1977 to 1993. Prior to the 20th century, the area around what is now Chestermere Lake was settled by only a few farmers; when the Canadian Pacific Railway was established in the 1880s, more and more people came to settle in the west. To make farming more productive, settlers began to determine ways to irrigate their land; as a natural wetland, Chestermere Lake was considered to be perfect for use as a balancing pool for the Western Irrigation Block. By 1907, a dam and canal system had been built, the wetland developed into a lake, farmers began using the water for irrigation. Following the irrigation development, the lake began to be used for recreation. People would lease land from the Western Irrigation District, build cabins and stay on the lake during the summer months.
In 1959, the Chestermere Cabin Owners Association was incorporated with 50 members. The CCOA held events, bought a fire truck for the community, worked to reduce pollution in the lake, planted trees, arranged for electricity and natural gas for the cabins; as more people began to live around Chestermere Lake, residents wanted to secure long-term leases. In 1975, the CCOA bought the land from the WID and transferred it to the residents. By 1977, the lake boasted 120 permanent homes and gained official status as the Summer Village of Chestermere Lake on April 1, 1977; as a summer village, the residents of Chestermere gained more political influence and were able to begin adding services and amenities or encouraging infrastructure and developments such as fire and protection services, improved roads, a community hall, street lights, a recreation centre, local businesses and a golf course. By 1992, Chestermere's population had increased to 1,043 permanent residents. On March 1, 1993, the Summer Village of Chestermere Lake changed its status and name to the Town of Chestermere.
Becoming a town gave the residents more local and political authority. The town continued developing amenities and services for residents and its population has grown to 17,203 residents as recorded by its 2014 municipal census. In late 2014, town council voted in favour of pursuing city status, which became effective January 1, 2015. Chestermere's town council voted to apply for city status on September 29, 2014 when it was the fastest growing Town in Alberta, it became Alberta's 18th city on January 1, 2015. The city is organized into fifteen neighbourhoods; the population of the City of Chestermere according to its 2017 municipal census is 20,331, a change of 3.1% from its 2016 municipal census population of 19,715. In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the City of Chestermere recorded a population of 19,887 living in 6,112 of its 6,250 total private dwellings, a change of 34.2% from its 2011 population of 14,824. With a land area of 32.94 km2, it had a population density of 603.7/km2 in 2016.
In the 2011 Census, the City of Chestermere had a population of 14,824 living in 4,635 of its 4,858 total dwellings, a change of 49.4% from its 2006 adjusted population of 9,923. With a land area of 32.64 km2, it had a population density of 454.2/km2 in 2011. The 2011 census indicated that Chestermere was ranked as the municipality with the fifth-highest population growth between 2006 and 2011. Chestermere is accessible on land through Trans-Canada Highway and Alberta Highway 1A. By air, the city is accessible through Chestermere Airport. Chestermere Lake – Chestermere is well known for its lake. In the summer, it is used for waterskiing, fishing and a variety of other water sports, it provides day use parks for launching boats and family areas for the enjoyment of the outdoors. Chestermere Lake is home to the Calgary Yacht Club. Chestermere Water Festival – The Chestermere Water Festival is an annual celebration of summer at the lake. Biking and skateboarding – Chestermere is connected to the Calgary bicycle pathway system at the south end of West Chestermere Winter Festival – The Chestermere Winter Festival is an annual celebration of winter in a small city.
Chestermere has bike trails surrounding the lake, a BMX park and a skate park. Lakeside Greens Golf Course in Chestermere is a semi-private 18 hole golf course. Camp Chestermere is a Christian camp located on the southeast end of Chestermere Lake; the public schools in the city are Chestermere High School, Chestermere Lake Middle School, Prairie Waters Elementary School, East Lake School and Rainbow Creek Elementary School. Public schools in the city are run by the Rocky View School Division, which includes several other communities surrounding Calgary. For publicly funded Catholic education, the city falls within the jurisdiction of the Calgary Catholic School District, which runs the St. Gabriel the Archangel school for grades 7-12 and Our Lady of Wisdsom school for grade K-6. Most educational needs beyond this are met within Calgary. Although Chestermere is considered a separate municipality in its own right, its proximity to Calgary has led to occasional questions regarding possible future absorption by Calgary as it grows.
On August 1, 2007, the City of Calgary annexed an extensive tract of land from Rocky View County, which placed Calgary's eastern city limits one section from the Chestermere's western city limits. Meanwhile, Chestermere's March 2007 Growth Study proposed annexation of, among o
Conservative Party of Canada
The Conservative Party of Canada, colloquially known as the Tories, is a right-of-centre federal political party in Canada. It was formed in 2003 from the merger of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada and the Canadian Alliance, it traces its history to the original Conservative Party of Canada, formed after Confederation in 1867 and changed its name to Progressive Conservative Party in 1942. In Canadian politics, the party sits to the right of the Liberal Party of Canada. Like their federal Liberal rivals, the party is defined as a "big tent", welcoming a broad variety of members; the party's leader is Andrew Scheer. From Confederation till 1942, the Conservative Party of Canada participated in numerous governments. Before 1942, the predecessors to the Conservatives had multiple names, but by 1942, the main right-wing Canadian force became known as the Progressive Conservatives. In 1957, John Diefenbaker became the first Prime Minister from the Progressive Conservative Party, remained in office until 1963.
Another Progressive Conservative government was elected after the results of the 1979 federal election, with Joe Clark becoming Prime Minister. Clark served from 1979 to 1980, when he was defeated by the Liberal Party after the 1980 federal election. In 1984, the Progressive Conservatives won with Brian Mulroney becoming Prime Minister. Mulroney was Prime Minister from 1984 to 1993, his government was marked by free trade agreements and economic liberalization; the party suffered a near complete loss after the 1993 federal election, thanks to a splintering of the right-wing. A similar result occurred in 1997, in 2000, when the Reform Party became the Canadian Alliance. In 2003, the Canadian Alliance and the Progressive Conservatives merged, forming the Conservative Party of Canada; the unified Conservative Party favours lower taxes, small government, more decentralization of federal government powers to the provinces modeled after the Meech Lake Accord and a tougher stand on "law and order" issues.
The party won two minority governments after the 2006 federal election, a majority government in the 2011 federal election before being defeated in the 2015 federal election by a majority Liberal government. John Lynch-Staunton served as interim leader of the newly created Conservative Party of Canada from 8 December 2003 until 20 March 2004, when the party elected Stephen Harper as its first leader. Andrew Scheer was elected leader on 27 May 2017; the Deputy Leader is appointed by the Leader. The National Council is the party's national governing body, elected by the Conservative Party membership at its bi-annual meetings. A National Councillor is elected for a two-year term and cannot serve for more than three consecutive terms. Composition of the National Council is based on the following criteria: four members from a province with more than 100 seats in the House of Commons three members from a province with 52–100 seats two from any province with 26–50 seats one member from each province with 4–25 seats one member from each territory the Party leader The Chair of the Conservative Fund Canada the Executive Director.
At present, the National Council has four members from Ontario. The party president is elected by National Council following their election. Since 2016, the President of the Conservative Party has been Scott Lamb, a councillor representing British Columbia; the party President is the conduit between the National Council. Don Plett interim until 2005 John Walsh Scott Lamb The Executive Director answers to the party President, is responsible for the day-to-day management and operations of the party. From February 2009 to December 2013, the Executive Director was Dan Hilton. Dimitri Soudas was named the new Executive Director in December 2013. On 30 March 2014, Soudas was told to resign or be fired from the position after interfering with the nomination contest taking place in his fiancée's riding. In July 2014, Dustin Van Vugt was brought in as the Deputy Executive Director – a position created for him; some media agencies, such as the CBC, suggested that this was a way for Thompson to begin handing over the work for the top job to Van Vugt, until his promotion to Executive Director could be formally ratified by the party's National Council.
In October 2014, Van Vugt's position was unanimously ratified by the party's National Council, Thompson became the Chief Operations Officer. The Director of Political Operations reports to the Executive Director, is one of the most important positions within the party; the person filling this role has direct access to the party leader, due to their responsibilities for organizing the party's work on the ground and in preparing for the next election. With Stephen Harper as Prime Minister and Conservative Party leader, the Director of Political Operations has moved from party positions to the Prime Minister's and other Minister's Offices, back to the party's headquarters, depending on the identified needs. Doug Finley was the Director of Political Operations until 2009, when Finley was appointed to the Senate and Jenni Byrne Finley's Deputy, became the Director. In August 2013, Byrne left the job to become the co-Deputy Chief of Staff in the Prime Minister's O
Kevin A. Sorenson is a Canadian politician and former Minister of State for Finance under Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Sorenson is a member of the Conservative Party of Canada in the House of Commons of Canada, representing the riding of Battle River-Crowfoot since 2000, he has been a member of the Canadian Alliance. He has served as the former Opposition critic to the Solicitor General, of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness. Sorenson represents a riding, conservative by the standards of rural Alberta, he has won the riding by some of the largest margins recorded in Canadian politics. He was first elected in 2000, taking 70.5 percent of the vote, since has never dropped below 80 percent of the vote. In January 2006, he was re-elected with 82.5 per cent of the popular vote, the highest total recorded by a Conservative candidate in that election. Sorenson used to chair the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security, now chairs the Standing Committee on Public Accounts. On July 15, 2013, Sorenson was named to cabinet by Prime Minister Harper as Minister of State for Finance.
He served in this role until the end of the Harper Government on November 4, 2015. Kevin Sorenson – Parliament of Canada biography Kevin Sorenson official website
Calgary Shepard is a federal electoral district in Alberta, represented in the House of Commons of Canada since 2015. Calgary Shepard was created by the 2012 federal electoral boundaries redistribution and was defined in the 2013 representation order, it came into effect upon the call of the 42nd Canadian federal election, scheduled for October 2015. It was created out of parts of the electoral districts of Calgary Southeast. According to the Canada 2016 CensusLanguages: 77.7% English, 3.6% Tagalog, 2.3% Spanish, 1.6% French, 1.4% Vietnamese, 1.1% Mandarin, 0.9% Cantonese, 0.8% Panjabi, 0.8% Russian, 0.8% Arabic, 0.8% Polish, 0.6% German, 0.6% Urdu, 0.5% Romanian This riding has elected the following members of the House of Commons of Canada