The district was created in the 1986 boundary redistribution. It was an all-urban district, until the 2004 boundary re-distribution. The constituency was expanded to include a small area outside the city limits, including the nearby town of Blackfalds. The constituency now only fits within the city limits of Red Deer.
By 1996, Red Deer-North had a population of 29,115.
The 2010 boundary redistribution saw adjustments made to Red Deer-North to give portions of the constituency that were outside of the city of Red Deer to Innisfail-Sylvan Lake to match the city boundary. The border with Red Deer-South was also adjusted to equalize the population between the two constituencies.
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Legal description from the Statutes of Alberta 2003, Electoral Divisions Act.
Starting at the intersection of the east boundary of Rge. 28 W4 and the right bank of the Blindman River; then 1. downstream along the right bank of the Blindman River to its intersection with the right bank of the Red Deer River; 2. southeasterly along the right bank of the Red Deer River to the intersection with Highway 11; 3. west along Highway 11 to the east boundary of the City of Red Deer (Range Road 271); 4. south along Range Road 271 to its intersection with an extension of Ross Street (50 Street); 5. west along the extension and Ross Street to Taylor Drive; 6. northwest along Taylor Drive to the right bank of the Red Deer River; 7. upstream along the right bank to its intersection with the west Red Deer city boundary; 8. southwest and north along the City of Red Deer boundary to the north boundary of Twp. 38 (Highway 11A); 9. west along the north boundary of Twp. 38 (Highway 11A) to the east boundary of Rge. 28 W4; 10. north along the east boundary of Rge. 28 W4 to the starting point.
The electoral district was created in the 1986 boundary redistribution. The first election held that year saw Progressive Conservative candidate Stockwell Day win a tight race to pick up the new seat for his party. He was re-elected by a larger margin in the 1989 election.
Premier Ralph Klein appointed Day to the cabinet in 1992 as the Minister of Labour. He was re-elected less than a year later in the 1993 election with a landslide majority. In 1996 he was appointed as Minister of Family and Social Services. He won another term with a reduced majority in 1997. After that election Klein appointed him Provincial Treasurer. Day resigned on July 11, 2000 after being elected as federal leader of the Canadian Alliance.
A by-election was held on September 25, 2000. Day was replaced in the legislature by Progressive Conservative candidate Mary Anne Jablonski who won the hotly contested by-election. She won her second term less than a year later in the 2001 general election. She was re-elected again in 2004 and 2008. In 2008 Premier Ed Stelmach appointed Jablonski to the cabinet as Minister of Seniors and Community Supports.
Jablonski held the seat without serious difficulty until her retirement in 2015. That year, massive vote splitting resulted in Kim Schreiner taking the riding for the NDP, winning with just over 29 percent of the vote in a three-way race with the Tories and Wildrose. The riding reverted to form in 2019, with Adriana LaGrange of the newly merged United Conservative Party overwhelming Schreiner by a nearly 3-to-1 margin.
On November 19, 2004 a Student Vote was conducted at participating Alberta schools to parallel the 2004 Alberta general election results. The vote was designed to educate students and simulate the electoral process for persons who have not yet reached the legal majority. The vote was conducted in 80 of the 83 provincial electoral districts with students voting for actual election candidates. Schools with a large student body that reside in another electoral district had the option to vote for candidates outside of the electoral district then where they were physically located.