This riding was formed in 1971, and was a Tory stronghold from that point until 1986, when Sheldon Chumir wrestled control of the riding into Liberal hands. The Liberals held the seat until 2001, when current MLA Harvey Cenaiko won the riding back for the PC's. Cenaiko will not be running for re-election.
Calgary Buffalo is the least predictable riding in the city. With a high turnover of residents due to its inner-city location, the demographics of this area can change radically in between elections. Further exacerbating the frustrations of candidates in the area is the prevalence of high-density housing and secured apartment buildings, which make door-knocking and lawn signs difficult, if not downright impossible.
Sean Chu (PC)
Kent Hehr (Lib)
Robert Lawrence (NDP)
Steven Rickets (Grn)
There is no nominated Wildrose Alliance candidate at this time.
Sean Chu arrived to Calgary from Taiwan in 1985 speaking not a word of english, and within 7 years he was a sworn officer with the Calgary Police Service, and spoke better english than most people I know. In the time since, Chu has taken on a role in the community as a bridge-builder, bringing people of many different backgrounds together - especially important in a riding with large immigrant populations, that tend to stick with their own. Seniors issues are another area in which Sean has earned kudos over the years. Chu is hoping that the inclination of the people of Buffalo to elect ex-cops (Cenaiko) over the past 8 years will pay dividends for him on polling day.
Kent Hehr is a Calgary lawyer with, by all accounts, the heart of a champion. Struck down by gunfire in a drive-by shooting at age 21, Hehr (an innocent bystander) found himself confined to a wheelchair as a quadriplegic. Less than a year later he enrolled at the University of Calgary, and earned a law degree. Hehr has served the community on many boards, and is a compelling figure in person. The challenges that any other candidate would have with the hustings in this riding are magnified for Kent - but Hehr has a reputation for rising to meet challenges, and overcoming them. Many consider Hehr the favourite in this race.
Steven Rickets and Robert Lawrence have no information available at this time. (Pssst! Hey, guys - the election's started!)