The Prince Edward Island general election, 1979 saw the election of a new Progressive Conservative government, which was elected with a majority both of seats and votes. The PC were led by Angus MacLean. This also marks the only appearance of the Draft Beer Party. This was the only party to contest a Prince Edward Island election that did not have a federal counterpart. The party ran a single candidate, who fared poorly. This was the first election in PEI history where a party had a female leader, as Doreen Sark was interim leader of the NDP at the time.
The election was sparked when a by-election forced the Legislature into a 16-16 split between the parties, and in order to avoid a vote of no confidence, premier Bennett Campbell called an election.