Alberta general election, 1989

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Alberta general election, 1989
Alberta
1986 ←
members
March 20, 1989 (1989-03-20) → 1993
members

83 seats in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta
42 seats needed for a majority
Turnout 53.60%
  Majority party Minority party Third party
  Don Getty drinking from Grey Cup.jpg Ray Martin.jpg LIB
Leader Don Getty Ray Martin Laurence Decore
Party Progressive Conservative New Democratic Liberal
Leader since November 1, 1985 1984 October 9, 1988
Leader's seat Edmonton-Whitemud (lost re-election) Edmonton-Norwood Edmonton-Glengarry
Last election 61 seats, 51.4% 16 seats, 29.2% 4 seats, 12.2%
Seats before 61 16 4
Seats won 59 16 8
Seat change -2 ±0 +4
Popular vote 367,244 217,972 237,787
Percentage 44.3% 26.3% 28.7%
Swing -7.1% -2.9% +16.5%

Premier before election

Don Getty
Progressive Conservative

Elected Premier

Don Getty
Progressive Conservative

The Alberta general election of 1989 was the twenty-second general election for the Province of Alberta, Canada. It was held on March 20, 1989 to elect members of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta.

Many political observers were surprised by the early election call - less than three years had passed since the previous election. Premier Don Getty, in his second election as Progressive Conservative Party leader, led it to its sixth consecutive term in government, despite losing a significant share of the popular vote and two seats in the legislature, including his own seat of Edmonton-Whitemud to Liberal candidate Percy Wickman.

The New Democratic Party led by Ray Martin largely held its share of the popular vote, and also its 16 seats in the legislature.

The Liberal Party, under new leader Laurence Decore, was the principal beneficiary of the voters' continuing distrust of Don Getty. The Liberals' share of the popular vote increased to over 28%, more than the NDP, but the party's legislative caucus increased from four to only eight members.

The Representative Party, which had elected 2 candidates in the previous election, did not run any candidates in 1989 (although it remained registered) as one of their MLAs retired and the other crossed the floor to the Progressive Conservative Party. The party disbanded soon after the election.

Results[edit]

Overall voter turnout was 53.60%.[1]

Party Party leader # of
candidates
Seats Popular vote
1986 Elected % Change # % % Change
     Progressive Conservative
Don Getty
83 61 59 -3.3% 367,244 44.29% -7.11%
     New Democrats
Ray Martin
83 16 16 - 217,972 26.29% -2.93%
Liberal
Laurence Decore
83 4 8 +100% 237,787 28.68% +16.46%
     Social Credit
Harvey Yuill
6 * - * 3,939 0.47% *
     Independent 10 - - - 2,162 0.26% -0.60%
     Communist
Norman Brudy
2 - - - 85 0.01% -0.02%
     Representative 0 2 - -100% 0 0.00% -
Total 267 83 83 - 829,189 100%
 
Source: Elections Alberta

Note:

* Party did not nominate candidates in the previous election.

Members elected[edit]

For complete electoral history, see individual districts

  District Member Party
     Athabasca-Lac La Biche Mike Cardinal Progressive Conservative
     Banff-Cochrane Brian Evans Progressive Conservative
     Barrhead Ken Kowalski Progressive Conservative
     Bonnyville Ernie Isley Progressive Conservative
     Bow Valley Tom Musgrove Progressive Conservative
     Calgary-Bow Bonnie Laing Progressive Conservative
     Calgary-Buffalo Sheldon Chumir Liberal
     Calgary Currie Dennis Anderson Progressive Conservative
     Calgary-Egmont David J. Carter Progressive Conservative
     Calgary-Elbow Ralph Klein Progressive Conservative
     Calgary-Fish Creek William Edward Payne Progressive Conservative
     Calgary-Foothills Pat Black2 Progressive Conservative
     Calgary-Forest Lawn Barry Pashak NDP
     Calgary-Glenmore Dianne Mirosh Progressive Conservative
     Calgary-McCall Stan Nelson Progressive Conservative
     Calgary-McKnight Yolande Gagnon Liberal
     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 Frank Bruseker Liberal
     Calgary-Shaw Jim Dinning Progressive Conservative
     Calgary-West Elaine McCoy Progressive Conservative
     Camrose Ken Rostad Progressive Conservative
     Cardston Jack Ady Progressive Conservative
     Chinook Shirley McClellan Progressive Conservative
     Clover Bar Kurt Gesell Progressive Conservative
     Cypress-Redcliff Alan Hyland Progressive Conservative
     Drayton Valley Tom Thurber 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 Laurence Decore Liberal
     Edmonton-Glenora Nancy Betkowski 1 Progressive Conservative
     Edmonton-Gold Bar Bettie Hewes Liberal
     Edmonton-Highlands Pam Barrett NDP
     Edmonton Jasper Place John McInnis NDP
     Edmonton Kingsway Alex McEachern NDP
     Edmonton Meadowlark Grant Mitchell Liberal
     Edmonton-Mill Woods Gerry Gibeault NDP
     Edmonton Norwood Ray Martin NDP
     Edmonton-Parkallen Doug Main Progressive Conservative
     Edmonton-Strathcona Gordon Wright NDP
     Edmonton-Whitemud Percy Wickman Liberal
     Fort McMurray Norm Weiss Progressive Conservative
     Grande Prairie Bob Elliott Progressive Conservative
     Highwood Don Tannas Progressive Conservative
     Innisfail Gary Severtson Progressive Conservative
     Lacombe Ronald Moore Progressive Conservative
     Lesser Slave Lake Pearl Calahasen Progressive Conservative
     Lethbridge East Archibald D. Johnston Progressive Conservative
     Lethbridge-West John Gogo Progressive Conservative
     Little Bow Raymond Speaker Progressive Conservative
     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 Ty Lund Progressive Conservative
     Sherwood Park Peter Elzinga Progressive Conservative
     Smoky River Walter Paszkowski Progressive Conservative
     St. Albert Dick Fowler Progressive Conservative
     St. Paul John Drobot Progressive Conservative
     Stettler Brian C. Downey Progressive Conservative
     Stony Plain Stan Woloshyn NDP
     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 Jerry Doyle NDP
     Wetaskiwin-Leduc Donald H. Sparrow Progressive Conservative
     Whitecourt Peter Trynchy Progressive Conservative

Note:

  • 1 Nancy Betkowski later changed her last name to MacBeth
  • 2 Pat Black later changed her last name to Nelson

References[edit]

  1. ^ Election Alberta (July 28, 2008). 2008 General Report. p. 158. Retrieved April 29, 2011. 

See also[edit]