Manitoba general election, 1986

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Manitoba general election, 1986
Manitoba
1981 ←
March 18, 1986 → 1988

57 seats of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba
29 seats were needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
 
Leader Howard Pawley Gary Filmon Sharon Carstairs
Party New Democratic Progressive Conservative Liberal
Leader since November 4, 1979 December 10, 1983 March 4, 1984
Leader's seat Selkirk Tuxedo River Heights
Last election 34 23 0
Seats won 30 26 1
Seat change -4 +3 +1
Popular vote 198,261 193,728 66,469
Percentage 41.50% 40.56% 13.92%
Swing -5.88pp -3.26pp +7.22pp

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Map of Election Results

Premier before election

Howard Pawley
New Democratic

Elected Premier

Howard Pawley
New Democratic

The Manitoba general election of March 18, 1986 was held to elect Members of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Manitoba, Canada. It was won by the New Democratic Party, which took 30 seats out of 57. The Progressive Conservative Party won 26 seats and formed the official opposition. The Manitoba Liberal Party, which had not been represented in the previous legislature, won one seat.

Results[edit]

Party Party Leader # of
candidates
Seats Popular Vote
Before1 Elected % Change # % Change
     New Democratic Howard Pawley 57 32 30 -6.3% 198,261 41.50% -5.88
     Progressive Conservative Gary Filmon 57 22 26 +18.2% 193,728 40.56% -3.26
     Liberal Sharon Carstairs 57 - 1   66,469 13.92% +7.22
     Confederation of Regions Dennis Heeney 14 - - - 11,677 2.44% +2.44
     Progressive Sidney Green 12 - - - 2,451 0.51% -1.30
     Western Canada Concept Fred Cameron 5 - - - 672 0.14% +0.14
     Communist Paula Fletcher 5 - - - 356 0.08% +0.03
     Independent 9 2 - -100% 4,076 0.85% +0.61
     Libertarian candidates Clancy Smith (4) - - -      
Total 216 57 57 - 477,690 100%  

1 "Before" refers to standings in the Legislature at dissolution, and not to the results of the previous election. These numbers therefore reflect changes in party standings as a result of by-elections and members crossing the floor.

Riding results[edit]

Party key:

Arthur:

  • (x)Jim Downey (PC) 4569
  • Peter Neufeld (CoR) 1198
  • Steve Bobiak (NDP) 1009
  • Moira Bonar (L) 701

Assiniboia:

  • (x)Ric Nordman (PC) 3813
  • Max Melnyk (NDP) 2195
  • Stan Blady (L) 1379

Brandon East:

  • (x)Leonard Evans (NDP) 4173
  • Jim Armstrong (PC) 3184
  • Eileen McFadden (L) 535

Brandon West:

  • James McCrae (PC) 5537
  • Arnold Gambo (NDP) 4128
  • Kerry Auriat (L) 760

Burrows:

Charleswood:

  • Jim Ernst (PC) 6524
  • Mike MacIsaac (NDP) 2826
  • Shari Nelson (L) 2211

Churchill:

  • (x)Jay Cowan (NDP) 2940
  • Walter Menard (PC) 857
  • Mildred Wilke (L) 203


Manitoba general election, 1986: Concordia
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
  New Democratic Party Gary Doer 4,525 54.37 -6.54
  Progressive Conservative Brent Aubertin 2,684 32.25 +2.71
Liberal Gail Stapon 909 10.92 +7.39
  Western Canada Concept Fred Cameron 204 2.45
Total valid votes 8,322 100.00
Rejected votes 13
Turnout 8,335 66.22 -3.44
Electors on the lists 12,587

Dauphin:

  • (x)John Plohman (NDP) 4886
  • Erv Tycholis (PC) 3121
  • Peter Rampton (L) 1341

Ellice:

  • Harvey Smith (NDP) 3989
  • Seech Gajadharsingh (PC) 1731
  • Ted Alcuitas (L) 929
  • Alex Arenson (P) 268


Manitoba general election, 1986: Elmwood
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
     New Democratic Party Jim Maloway 3,241 45.84 -21.99
     Independent Russell Doern 2,006 28.37
     Progressive Conservative Ray Brunka 1,435 20.29 -4.91
Liberal Gilbert Benoit 389 5.50 +0.92
Total valid votes 7,071 100.00
Rejected ballots 34
Turnout 7,105 64.33
Registered voters 11,044

Emerson:

  • (x)Albert Driedger (PC) 4758
  • Ron Buzahora (NDP) 3780
  • Joe Antoshkiw (L) 656

Flin Flon:

  • (x)Jerry Storie (NDP) 3316
  • Mary Semaniuk (PC) 1072
  • J. Brian King (L) 384

Fort Garry:

  • (x)Charlie Birt (PC) 5146
  • Nora Losey (NDP) 3158
  • Ian Band (L) 2114
  • Ivan Merritt (WCC) 204

Fort Rouge:

  • (x)Roland Penner (NDP) 4223
  • Robert Haier (PC) 2590
  • Lionel Ditz (L) 1683
  • Clancy Smith (Ind [Lbt]) 101
  • Nigel Hanrahan (Comm) 46

Gimli:

Gladstone:

  • (x)Charlotte Oleson (PC) 3402
  • Les Sendull (CoR) 1754
  • Edna Mattson (L) 879
  • Fred Tait (NDP) 872

Inkster:

  • (x)Don Scott (NDP) 5480
  • Bayani Morcilla (PC) 1726
  • Eric Hope (L) 938
  • Lester Landry (P) 256
  • Lajpat Sharma (Ind) 101
  • Cathy Plowman (Comm) 49

Interlake:

  • (x)Bill Uruski (NDP) 4634
  • Joe Schwartz (PC) 2181
  • Bob Lundale (L) 455
  • Dieter Wenzel (CoR) 289

Kildonan:

Kirkfield Park:

  • (x)Gerrie Hammond (PC) 5497
  • Cliff Hodgins (NDP) 2191
  • Irene Friesen (L) 1932


Manitoba general election, 1986: Lac du Bonnet
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
     New Democratic Party Clarence Baker 3,903 46.12
     Progressive Conservative Darren Praznik 3,601 42.55
Liberal Jerry Fontaine 959 11.33
Total valid votes 8,463 100.00
Rejected ballots 17
Turnout 8,480 73.94
Electors on the lists 11,469

Lakeside:

  • (x)Harry Enns (PC) 4303
  • Frieda Krpan (NDP) 2400
  • Hubert Good (CoR) 1052
  • Roger Chabot (L) 959

La Verendrye:

  • Helmut Pankratz (PC) 3618
  • Walter McDowell (NDP) 1768
  • Walter Hiebert (L) 734

Logan:

Minnedosa:

Morris:

  • (x)Clayton Manness (PC) 4378
  • Audreen Hourie (NDP) 1140
  • Calvin Knaggs (L) 847

Niakwa:

  • (x)Abe Kovnats (PC) 6437
  • Allan MacDonald (NDP) 4831
  • James Radford (L) 2300

Osborne:

  • (x)Muriel Smith (NDP) 4747
  • Jack McGuinness (PC) 2348
  • Chris Sturgeon (L) 1259
  • Alex MacKenzie (P) 217

Pembina:

  • (x)Don Orchard (PC) 5270
  • Abe Giesbrecht (CoR) 944
  • Edourd Hiebert (NDP) 913
  • Lynn Rempel (L) 849
  • John Brooks (P) 108

Portage La Prairie:

  • Ed Connery (PC) 3693
  • Bill Zettler (NDP) 1457
  • Georgina Cuthbert (CoR) 1074
  • Hugh Kennedy (L) 968

Radisson:

Rhineland:

  • (x)Arnold Brown (PC) 3037
  • Albert St. Hilaire (NDP) 1549
  • John Kuhl (L) 1329

Riel:

River East:

River Heights:

Roblin-Russell:

  • Len Derkach (PC) 3241
  • Fred Embryk (NDP) 3203
  • Garry Gaber (L) 2065

Rossmere:

Rupertsland:

St. Boniface:

  • (x)Laurent Desjardins (NDP) 4978
  • Georges Bohemier (L) 1951
  • Wes Rowson (PC) 1114
  • James Jackson (P) 149

St. James:

  • (x)Al Mackling (NDP) 4120
  • Eldon Ross (PC) 3965
  • Tom Thompson (L) 922
  • Fred Debrecen (CoR) 175
  • Charles Lamont (P) 89
  • Merle Hartlin (WCC) 47

St. Johns:

St. Norbert:

  • (x)Gerry Mercier (PC) 5788
  • Ruth Pear (NDP) 2839
  • Mark O’Neill (L) 2784


Manitoba general election, 1986: St. Vital
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
     New Democratic Party Jim Walding 4,430 45.32 -7.48
     Progressive Conservative Paul Herriot 3,872 39.62 -1.02
Liberal Walter Pederson 1,472 15.06 +8.50
Total valid votes 9,774 100.00
Rejected votes 31
Turnout 9,805 73.81 -6.80
Electors on the lists 13,285

Ste. Rose:

  • Glen Cummings (PC) 3735
  • Garry Anderson (NDP) 3020
  • Rafi Mohammed (L) 952
  • Dave Mutch (CoR) 454

Selkirk:

Seven Oaks:

Springfield:

Sturgeon Creek:

  • (x)Frank Johnston (PC) 4994
  • Leslie Campbell (NDP) 2402
  • Robert Inman (L) 1530
  • S. Dalgliesh (Ind) 126

Swan River:

The Pas:

  • (x)Harry Harapiak (NDP) 4051
  • Ernest Polsom (PC) 1088
  • Scott Gray (L) 789

Thompson:

  • (x)Steve Ashton (NDP) 3852
  • Ken Biglow (PC) 1498
  • George Printeau (L) 433

Transcona:

Turtle Mountain:

  • Denis Rocan (PC) 3390
  • Gordon Kennedy (NDP) 1353
  • Ross McMillan (L) 1242
  • Bob Yake (CoR) 1150

Tuxedo:

Virden:

  • Glen Findlay (PC) 4251
  • Phil Schwarz (NDP) 1750
  • Alex Gabrielle (CoR) 1497
  • Lyman Smith (L) 524

Wolseley:

  • (x)Myrna Phillips (NDP) 4099
  • John Campbell (PC) 2218
  • Tom Harrison (L) 1132
  • Sidney Green (P) 347
  • Donald Oliver (CoR) 115
  • Barry Marchand (Ind) 60

Post-election changes[edit]

Early in 1988, Laurent Desjardins announced his retirement from the legislature. Soon after this, NDP backbencher Jim Walding voted against his party's budget, causing the government to fall.

See also[edit]


Preceded by
1981 Manitoba election
List of Manitoba elections Succeeded by
1988 Manitoba election