Alberta general election, 1986

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Alberta general election, 1986
Alberta
1982 ←
members
May 8, 1986 (1986-05-08) → 1989
members

83 seats in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta
42 seats were needed for a majority
Turnout 47.25%
  Majority party Minority party
  Don Getty drinking from Grey Cup.jpg Ray Martin.jpg
Leader Don Getty Ray Martin
Party Progressive Conservative New Democratic
Leader since November 1, 1985 1984
Leader's seat Edmonton-Whitemud Edmonton-Norwood
Last election 75 seats, 62.3% 2 seats, 18.7%
Seats before 75 2
Seats won 61 16
Seat change -14 +14
Popular vote 366,783 208,561
Percentage 51.4% 29.2%
Swing -10.9% +10.5%

  Third party Fourth party
 
Leader Nicholas Taylor Raymond Speaker
Party Liberal Representative
Leader since March 2, 1974 1982
Leader's seat Westlock-Sturgeon Little Bow
Last election 0 seats, 1.8% pre-creation
Seats before 0 2
Seats won 4 2
Seat change +4 ±0
Popular vote 87,239 36,656
Percentage 12.2% 5.1%
Swing +10.4%

Premier before election

Don Getty
Progressive Conservative

Elected Premier

Don Getty
Progressive Conservative

The Alberta general election of 1986 was the twenty-first general election for the Province of Alberta, Canada. It was held on May 8, 1986 to elect members of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta.

Peter Lougheed, who had created the modern Alberta Progressive Conservatives, led it to power in 1971, and served as premier of Alberta for fourteen years, retired from politics in 1985. The PC Party elected Don Getty as its new leader.

Getty was not able to gain the confidence of Albertans as Lougheed had, and the party's popular vote fell by ten percentage points. The PCs were still, however, able to win a fifth term in government, with over half the votes in the province, and 61 of the 83 seats in the legislature.

The New Democratic Party, now led by Ray Martin, was able to make itself the focus of opposition to the PC government, winning almost 30% of the vote, and sixteen seats in the legislature (up from two in the 1982 election.)

The Liberal Party of Nicholas Taylor returned to the legislature for the first time since 1969 with four seats. Two seats were won by former Social Credit members who had formed the Representative Party of Alberta after winning re-election in 1982 as independents.

Western Canada Concept, a western separatist party that had won almost 12% of the vote in 1982, collapsed under the leadership of Jack Ramsay, who later served as a Reform Party of Canada Member of Parliament.

The Social Credit Party of Alberta nominated no candidates. The party had governed Alberta for 36 years before getting bounced out of power by the Tories in 1971.

The election of a 22-member opposition to Alberta's legislature signals for the first time since 1971 a significant competitive voice to the dominant Conservative Party in that province's voting citizenship. This development and the emergence of the New Democrats as the primary opposition party in Alberta necessitates a reevaluation of Alberta politics, which critics have long labeled as ideologically conservative, anachronistic, and oddly unpredictable. Alberta politics are now beginning to resemble that of Canada's other provinces. The rise of a new, competent opposition is a healthy development in Alberta's politics and will likely contribute positively to Alberta's economic and social well-being, Tupper (1986) argues.[1]

Results[edit]

Overall voter turnout was 47.25%.[2]

Party Party leader Candidates Seats Popular vote
1982 Elected % Change # % % Change
     Progressive Conservative
Don Getty
83 75 61 -18.7% 366,783 51.40% -10.88%
     New Democrats
Ray Martin
83 2 16 +700% 208,561 29.22% +10.47%
Liberal
Nicholas Taylor
63 - 4   87,239 12.22% +10.41%
     Representative
Raymond Speaker
46 * 2 * 36,656 5.15% *
     Independent 20 2 - -100% 6,134 0.86% -3.01%
     Western Canada Concept
Jack Ramsay
20 - - - 4,615 0.65% -11.11%
     Confederation of Regions
Elmer Knutson
6 * - * 2,866 0.40% *
     Heritage
Mike Pawlus
6 * - * 601 0.08% *
     Communist
David Wallis
6 - - - 199 0.03% -0.01%
Total 333 79 83 - 713,654 100%
 
Source: Elections Alberta

Note:

* Party did not nominate candidates in the previous election.

Members elected[edit]

For complete electoral history, see individual districts

21st Alberta Legislative Assembly
  District Member Party
     Athabasca-Lac La Biche Leo Piquette NDP
     Banff-Cochrane Greg Stevens Progressive Conservative
     Barrhead Ken Kowalski Progressive Conservative
     Bonnyville Ernie Isley Progressive Conservative
     Bow Valley Tom Musgrove Progressive Conservative
     Calgary-Bow Neil Webber Progressive Conservative
     Calgary-Buffalo Sheldon Chumir Liberal
     Calgary-Currie Dennis Anderson Progressive Conservative
     Calgary-Egmont David J. Carter Progressive Conservative
     Calgary-Elbow David John Russell Progressive Conservative
     Calgary-Fish Creek William Edward Payne Progressive Conservative
     Calgary-Foothills Janet Koper Progressive Conservative
     Calgary-Forest Lawn Barry Pashak NDP
     Calgary-Glenmore Dianne Mirosh Progressive Conservative
     Calgary-McCall Stan Nelson Progressive Conservative
     Calgary-McKnight Eric Musgreave Progressive Conservative
     Calgary-Millican Gordon Shrake Progressive Conservative
     Calgary-Montrose Rick Orman Progressive Conservative
     Calgary-Mountain View Bob Hawkesworth NDP
     Calgary-North Hill Fred Stewart Progressive Conservative
     Calgary-North West Stan Cassin Progressive Conservative
     Calgary-Shaw Jim Dinning Progressive Conservative
     Calgary-West Elaine McCoy Progressive Conservative
     Camrose Ken Rostad Progressive Conservative
     Cardston Jack Ady Progressive Conservative
     Chinook Henry Kroeger Progressive Conservative
     Clover Bar Walt Buck Representative
     Cypress-Redcliff Alan Hyland Progressive Conservative
     Drayton Valley Shirley Cripps Progressive Conservative
     Drumheller Stanley Schumacher Progressive Conservative
     Dunvegan Glen Clegg Progressive Conservative
     Edmonton-Avonmore Marie Laing NDP
     Edmonton-Belmont Tom Sigurdson NDP
     Edmonton-Beverly Ed Ewasiuk NDP
     Edmonton-Calder Christie Mjolsness NDP
     Edmonton-Centre William Roberts NDP
     Edmonton-Glengarry John Younie NDP
     Edmonton-Glenora Nancy Betkowski 1 Progressive Conservative
     Edmonton-Gold Bar Bettie Hewes Liberal
     Edmonton-Highlands Pam Barrett NDP
     Edmonton-Jasper Place Leslie Young Progressive Conservative
     Edmonton-Kingsway Alex McEachern NDP
     Edmonton-Meadowlark Grant Mitchell Liberal
     Edmonton-Mill Woods Gerry Gibeault NDP
     Edmonton-Norwood Ray Martin NDP
     Edmonton-Parkallen Neil Stanley Crawford Progressive Conservative
     Edmonton-Strathcona Gordon Wright NDP
     Edmonton-Whitemud Don Getty Progressive Conservative
     Fort McMurray Norm Weiss Progressive Conservative
     Grande Prairie Bob Elliott Progressive Conservative
     Highwood Harry Alger Progressive Conservative
     Innisfail Nigel Pengelly Progressive Conservative
     Lacombe Ronald Moore Progressive Conservative
     Lesser Slave Lake Larry Shaben Progressive Conservative
     Lethbridge-East Archibald D. Johnston Progressive Conservative
     Lethbridge-West John Gogo Progressive Conservative
     Little Bow Raymond Speaker Representative
     Lloydminster Doug Cherry Progressive Conservative
     Macleod LeRoy Fjordbotten Progressive Conservative
     Medicine Hat Jim Horsman Progressive Conservative
     Olds-Didsbury Roy Brassard Progressive Conservative
     Peace River Al Adair Progressive Conservative
     Pincher Creek-Crowsnest Frederick Deryl Bradley Progressive Conservative
     Ponoka-Rimbey Halvar Jonson Progressive Conservative
     Red Deer-North Stockwell Day Progressive Conservative
     Red Deer-South John Oldring Progressive Conservative
     Redwater-Andrew Steve Zarusky Progressive Conservative
     Rocky Mountain House John Murray Campbell Progressive Conservative
     Sherwood Park Peter Elzinga Progressive Conservative
     Smoky River Marvin Moore Progressive Conservative
     St. Albert Bryan Strong NDP
     St. Paul John Drobot Progressive Conservative
     Stettler Brian C. Downey Progressive Conservative
     Stony Plain Jim Heron Progressive Conservative
     Taber-Warner Robert Bogle Progressive Conservative
     Three Hills Connie Osterman Progressive Conservative
     Vegreville Derek Fox NDP
     Vermilion-Viking Steve West Progressive Conservative
     Wainwright Robert Fischer Progressive Conservative
     Westlock-Sturgeon Nicholas Taylor Liberal
     West Yellowhead Ian Reid Progressive Conservative
     Wetaskiwin-Leduc Donald H. Sparrow Progressive Conservative
     Whitecourt Peter Trynchy Progressive Conservative

Note:
1Nancy Betkowski later changed her last name to Nancy MacBeth.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allan Tupper, "New Dimensions Of Alberta Politics." Queen's Quarterly 1986 93(4): 780-791.
  2. ^ Election Alberta (July 28, 2008). 2008 General Report. p. 158. Retrieved April 29, 2011.