Saskatchewan general election, 1978

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Saskatchewan general election, 1978
Saskatchewan
1975 ←
members
October 18, 1978 (1978-10-18) → 1982
members

61 seats in the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan
32 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
 
Leader Allan Blakeney Richard Collver Ted Malone
Party New Democratic Progressive Conservative Liberal
Leader since July 4, 1970 March 18, 1973 December 11, 1976
Leader's seat Regina Elphinstone Nipawin Regina Lakeview (lost re-election)
Last election 39 7 15
Seats before 39 11 11
Seats won 44 17 0
Seat change +5 +6 –11
Popular vote 228,791 181,045 65,498
Percentage 48.12% 38.08% 13.78%
Swing +8.05pp –17.89pp

Premier before election

Allan Blakeney
New Democratic

Premier after election

Allan Blakeney
New Democratic

The Saskatchewan general election of 1978 was the nineteenth provincial election in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. It was held on October 18, 1978, to elect members of the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan.

The New Democratic government of Premier Allan Blakeney was returned for a third consecutive term with an increased majority in the legislature, and a larger share of the popular vote.

The Progressive Conservative Party of Richard Collver continued to increase its share of the popular vote in this election, and won enough seats to become the official opposition to the Blakeney government.

Fierce political infighting in the Liberal Party after the resignation of leader David Steuart led to electoral disaster in 1978. Under the disputed leadership of Ted Malone, the party lost all of its 11 seats in the legislature and more than half the votes it had won in the 1975 election.

Results[edit]

Party Party Leader # of
candidates
Seats Popular Vote
1975 Dissol. Elected % Change # % % Change
     New Democratic
Allan Blakeney
61 39 39 44 +12.8% 228,791 48.12% +8.05%
     Progressive Conservative
Richard Collver
61 7 11 17 +54.5% 181,045 38.08% +10.46%
  Liberal
Ted Malone
61 15 11 -100% 65,498 13.78% -17.89%
     Independent 2 81 0.02% -0.62%
Total 185 61 61 61 475,415 100%  
Source: Elections Saskatchewan

Ranking[edit]

Party Seats Second Third Fourth
     New Democratic 44 17 0 0
     Progressive Conservative 17 41 3 0
  Liberal 0 3 58 0
     Independents 0 0 0 2

Riding results[edit]

Names in bold represent cabinet ministers and the Speaker. Party leaders are italicized. The symbol " ** " indicates MLAs who are not running again.

Northwest Saskatchewan[edit]

Electoral District Candidates   Incumbent
  NDP   PC   Liberal   Other
Athabasca   Frederick John Thompson
2,340
Frank Petit
1,180
Henry Coupland
498
  Frederick John Thompson
Cut Knife-
Lloydminster
  Bob Long
3,828
Bob Kent
3,213
Bill Taylor
259
  Miro Kwasnica**
Meadow Lake Gord McNeill
2,789
  George McLeod
3,016
Colin Campbell
537
  Gordon James McNeill
Redberry   Dennis Banda
3,325
John Gerich
2,916
Peter Bomok
491
  Dennis George Banda
Rosthern Howard Lucas
3,162
  Ralph Katzman
4,708
Bill Patrick
964
  Ralph Katzman
The Battlefords   Eiling Kramer
4,589
Rod McKenzie
2,175
Mervin Zulyniuk
1,427
  Eiling Kramer
Turtleford   Lloyd Johnson
2,983
Charlie Wells
2,188
Pauline H. Cadrain
620
  Lloyd Emmett Johnson
November 26, 1980 By-election: The Battlefords
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
     NDP David Miner 3,432 48.59% -7.44
     Prog. Conservative Harry Zamonsky 2,143 30.34% +3.79
  Liberal Thomas Bidart 1,488 21.07% +3.65
Total 7,063 100.00


Northeast Saskatchewan[edit]

Electoral District Candidates   Incumbent
  NDP   PC   Liberal   Other
Cumberland   Norm MacAuley
2,586
George L. Horne
1,254
Leon E. McAuley
526
  Norman H. MacAuley
Kelsey-Tisdale   John R. Messer
4,031
Neil Hardy
3,461
P. Hudson Foga
527
  John Rissler Messer
Kinistino   Don Cody
4,042
Louis A. Domotor
2,661
Robert G. Michayluk
706
  Arthur Thibault**
Melfort   Norm Vickar
3,102
Bill Warner
3,749
John W. Calderwood
605
  Norman Vickar
Nipawin Irvin G. Perkins
3,262
  Richard Collver
3,733
Ron J. Wassill
568
  Richard Lee Collver
Prince Albert   Mike Feschuk
4,472
Richard E. Spencer
3,514
Helga Reydon
286
  Mike Feschuk
Prince Albert-
Duck Lake
  Jerome Hammersmith
3,618
Norm Wipf
3,569
Colonel J. Archibald
660
  Norm Wipf
Shellbrook   George Bowerman
3,835
John P. Meagher
3,029
Manley R. McLachlan
511
  George Bowerman
November 26, 1980 By-election: Kelsey-Tisdale
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
     Prog. Conservative Neil Hardy 3,334 48.39% +5.23
     NDP Lars Bracken 3,232 46.91% -3.36
  Liberal Jim Russell 324 4.70% -1.87
Total 6,890 100.00


West Central Saskatchewan[edit]

Electoral District Candidates   Incumbent
  NDP   PC   Liberal   Other
Arm River Donald Leonard Faris
3,308
  Gerald Stanley Muirhead
3,501
Greg Wensel
1,101
  Donald Leonard Faris
Biggar   Elwood L. Cowley
4,787
Roy Norris
3,270
Lynn Tokle
552
  Elwood Lorrie Cowley
Humboldt   Edwin Tchorzewski
4,272
John Bajbula
2,439
Peter Cline
1,065
  Edwin Tchorzewski
Kindersley David G. Thomson
2,461
  Bob Andrew
2,774
Allan McMillan
1,937
  Allan Neil McMillan
Rosetown-Elrose Jim Mills
3,056
  Herbert Swan
3,587
Calvin W. Fensom
1,011
  Roy Bailey**
Wilkie Ray Heather
2,371
  Jim Garner
2,865
Linda Clifford
1,975
  Linda Beverly Clifford

East Central Saskatchewan[edit]

Electoral District Candidates   Incumbent
  NDP   PC   Liberal   Other
Canora   Al Matsalla
4,258
Eugene Teslia
2,647
Joseph F. Matsalla
730
  Al Matsalla
Kelvington-Wadena   Neil Byers
4,165
Ray Meiklejohn
3,366
A. Ben Ferrie
521
  Neil Erland Byers
Last Mountain-
Touchwood
  Gordon MacMurchy
4,150
Arnold Tusa
3,795
Gill Fontaine
385
  Gordon S. MacMurchy
Melville   John Kowalchuk
4,072
Glenn Miller
3,465
Cecil Headrick
901
  John Russell Kowalchuk
Pelly   Norm Lusney
3,739
Donald F. Boyd
2,130
Rudolph Els
760
  Norm Lusney
Quill Lakes   Murray Koskie
3,662
W. Brian Wildeman
2,251
Mervyn T. Warner
919
  Murray James Koskie
Saltcoats   Edgar Kaeding
3,354
Walter R. Johnson
3,265
Gabriel R. Neumeier
680
  Edgar Ernest Kaeding
Yorkton   Randy Nelson
4,128
Ray S. Malinowski
3,637
Irene Konkin
1,036
  Randall Neil Nelson

Southwest Saskatchewan[edit]

Electoral District Candidates   Incumbent
  NDP   PC   Liberal   Other
Assiniboia-Gravelbourg   Allan Engel
3,126
Wilf Lethbridge
2,331
Roy Nelson
2,662
  Roy Nelson
Maple Creek Norman Arndt
2,327
  Joan Duncan
3,496
W.V. "Fred" Deis
1,341
  Bill Stodalka**
Moose Jaw North   John Skoberg
4,483
Kerry R. Chow
3,579
Gene Chura
1,003
  John Leroy Skoberg
Moose Jaw South   Gordon Snyder
4,512
Arthur "Bud" Smith
2,408
Terry W. Ocrane
716
  Gordon Taylor Snyder
Morse   Reg Gross
2,587
Art Martens
2,203
Jack Wiebe
2,024
  John Edward Niel Wiebe
Shaunavon   Dwain Lingenfelter
2,778
Jim Lacey
2,145
Eiliv "Sonny" Anderson
2,385
  Eiliv "Sonny" Anderson
Swift Current Spencer Wooff
3,288
  Dennis Ham
3,620
Stew Tasche
936
  Dennis Ham
Thunder Creek D. Hicks
2,424
  Colin Thatcher
3,359
Ron Gleim
1,270
  Wilbert Colin Thatcher

Southeast Saskatchewan[edit]

Electoral District Candidates   Incumbent
  NDP   PC   Liberal   Other
Bengough-Milestone Jim Liggett
3,069
  Bob Pickering
3,118
Rod MacDonald
1,018
  David Lange**
Estevan Norman Blondeau
2,703
  Bob Larter
4,376
Paul Bachorcik
948
  Robert Austin Larter
Indian Head-
Wolseley
Pat Connolley
2,400
  Doug Taylor
2,893
Cyril MacDonald
1,943
  Cyril Pius MacDonald
Moosomin Fred A. Easton
2,614
  Larry Birkbeck
3,353
J. Sinclair Harrison
1,964
  Larry Birkbeck
Qu'Appelle Greg Willows
6,844
  John Lane
7,231
J. Don McCullough
1,541
  John Gary Lane
Souris-Cannington Dean Fraser
2,019
  Eric Berntson
3,739
Gerard Belisle
1,170
  Eric Arthur Berntson
Weyburn   Jim Pepper
3,517
Glen Dods
3,449
Ron Chapdelaine
981
  James Auburn Pepper
November 26, 1980 By-election: Estevan
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
     NDP John Chapman 2,918 36.79% +3.12
     Prog. Conservative Grant Devine 2,858 36.03% -18.49
  Liberal Ralph Goodale 2,156 27.18% +15.37
Total 7,932 100.00


Saskatoon[edit]

Electoral District Candidates   Incumbent
  NDP   PC   Liberal   Other
Saskatoon
Buena Vista
  Herman Rolfes
3,786
Reg Schafer
2,343
Doris Serne
1,272
  Herman Harold Rolfes
Saskatoon Centre   Paul Mostoway
5,246
Harry Baker
2,743
Jean Korchin
1,453
  Paul Peter Mostoway
Saskatoon Eastview   Bernie Poniatowski
4,018
Kimberly Young
3,322
Marie Eaton
1,257
  Glen Penner**
Saskatoon Mayfair   Beverly Dyck
4,328
Donna L. Birkmaier
2,394
Dick Reed
1,104
  Beverly Dyck
Saskatoon Nutana   Wes Robbins
4,739
Grant Devine
2,466
John A. Shanks
1,080
  W. Albert Robbins
Saskatoon Riversdale   Roy Romanow
5,225
Mary Cherneskey
2,205
Nestor W. Romaniuk
640
  Roy Romanow
Saskatoon Sutherland   Peter Prebble
5,007
Bill Lane
4,722
Douglas R. Knott
1,845
  Harold William Lane
Saskatoon Westmount   John Edward Brockelbank
5,651
Peter Shinkaruk
2,427
Peter Sydney Groves
909
  John Edward Brockelbank

Regina[edit]

Electoral District Candidates   Incumbent
  NDP   PC   Liberal   Other
Regina Centre   Ned Shillington
3,767
Keith Jeal
1,451
George Exner
935
William C. Beeching (Ind.) 45   Edward Shillington
Regina Elphinstone   Allan Blakeney
4,390
Christine Whitaker
1,250
R. Lawson Wilde
596
  Allan Blakeney
Regina Lakeview   Doug McArthur
3,351
Ian McPherson
1,684
Ted Malone
2,366
  Edward Cyril Malone
Regina
North East
  Walt Smishek
4,831
F. Warren Denzin
2,248
Del Miller
805
Roger D. Annis (Ind.) 36   Walter Edmund Smishek
Regina
North West
  Ed Whelan
5,575
Philip Lundeen
3,142
J. Culliton Poston
1,443
  Edward Charles Whelan
Regina Rosemont   Bill Allen
4,524
Florian Vanderlinde
2,154
Gerry Bassendowski
766
  William J. G. Allen
Regina South John Hettema
3,114
  Paul Rousseau
3,325
Philip M. Desjardine
1,688
  Stuart Cameron**
Regina Victoria   Henry Baker
3,729
Andrew G. Shepherd
1,594
Glenn Caleval
820
  Henry Harold Peter Baker
Regina Wascana   Clint White
3,993
Allan W. Wagar
2,945
J. Duane Koch
1,859
  Anthony Merchant**
October 17, 1979 By-election: Regina North West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
     NDP John Solomon 3,354 47.75% -7.12
  Liberal Ted Malone 2,211 31.47% +17.27
     Prog. Conservative Philip Lundeen 1,460 20.78% -10.15
Total 7,025 100.00


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