Alberta general election, 1979

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Alberta general election, 1979
Alberta
← 1975 March 14, 1979 (1979-03-14) 1982 →

79 seats in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta
40 seats were needed for a majority
  Majority party Minority party Third party
 
Leader Peter Lougheed Robert C. Clark Grant Notley
Party Progressive Conservative Social Credit New Democratic
Leader since 1965 1975 1968
Leader's seat Calgary-West Olds-Didsbury Spirit River-Fairview
Last election 69 seats, 62.7% 4 seats, 18.2% 1 seat, 12.9%
Seats before 69 4 1
Seats won 74 4 1
Seat change Increase5 ±0 ±0
Popular vote 408,097 141,284 111,984
Percentage 57.4% 19.9% 15.8%
Swing Decrease5.3% Increase1.7% Increase2.9%

Premier before election

Peter Lougheed
Progressive Conservative

Premier-designate

Peter Lougheed
Progressive Conservative

The Alberta general election of 1979 was the nineteenth general election for the Province of Alberta, Canada. It was held on March 14, 1979 to elect members of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, which had been expanded to 79 seats.

The Progressive Conservative Party of Peter Lougheed won its third consecutive term in government. During the campaign, some Progressive Conservatives spoke of winning "79 in '79", i.e., all 79 seats in the legislature. This harkened back to Social Credit's unofficial slogan from the 1963 election, "63 in '63". The Tories came up short of this goal, and actually lost over five percentage points of the popular vote. Nonetheless, they still won an overwhelming majority, with 74 seats.

Social Credit held on to the four seats they had won in the 1975 election, and formed the official opposition in the legislature. Grant Notley, leader of the Alberta New Democratic Party, was the only other opposition member.

Results[edit]

Party Party leader # of
candidates
Seats Popular vVote
1975 Elected % Change # % % Change
  Progressive Conservative Peter Lougheed 79 69 74 +7.2% 408,097 57.40% -5.25%
     Social Credit Robert Curtis Clark 79 4 4 - 141,284 19.87% +1.70%
     New Democrats Grant Notley 79 1 1 - 111,984 15.75% +2.81%
Liberal Nicholas Taylor 78 - - - 43,792 6.16% +1.18%
     Independent 8 - - - 3,430 0.48% +0.37%
  Independent Conservative 3 - - - 1,613 0.23% +0.05%1
  Independent Christian 1 * - * 403 0.06% *
Communist 7 - - - 357 0.05% -0.08%
Total 334 75 79 +5.3% 710,963 100%  
Source: Elections Alberta

Notes:
1 Percent compared to Independent Progressive Conservative during the 1975 Election.
* Party did not nominate candidates in the previous election.

Members elected[edit]

For complete electoral history, see individual districts.

  District Member Party
  Athabasca Frank Appleby Progressive Conservative
  Banff-Cochrane Greg Stevens Progressive Conservative
  Barrhead Hugh Horner Progressive Conservative
  Bonnyville Ernie Isley Progressive Conservative
     Bow Valley Fred Mandeville Social Credit
  Calgary-Bow Neil Webber Progressive Conservative
  Calgary-Buffalo Tom Sindlinger Progressive Conservative
  Calgary-Currie Dennis Anderson Progressive Conservative
  Calgary-Egmont Merv Leitch Progressive Conservative
  Calgary-Elbow David John Russell Progressive Conservative
  Calgary-Fish Creek William Edward Payne Progressive Conservative
  Calgary-Foothills Stewart McCrae Progressive Conservative
  Calgary-Forest Lawn John Zaozirny Progressive Conservative
  Calgary-Glenmore Hugh Planche Progressive Conservative
  Calgary-McCall Andrew Little Progressive Conservative
  Calgary-McKnight Eric Musgreave Progressive Conservative
  Calgary-Millican David Carter Progressive Conservative
  Calgary-Mountain View Stan Kushner Progressive Conservative
  Calgary-North Hill Ed Oman Progressive Conservative
  Calgary-North West Sheila Embury Progressive Conservative
  Calgary-West Peter Lougheed Progressive Conservative
  Camrose Gordon Stromberg Progressive Conservative
  Cardston John Thompson Progressive Conservative
  Chinook Henry Kroeger Progressive Conservative
     Clover Bar Walt Buck Social Credit
  Cypress Alan Hyland Progressive Conservative
  Drayton Valley Shirley Cripps Progressive Conservative
  Drumheller Lewis Clark Progressive Conservative
  Edmonton-Avonmore Horst Schmid Progressive Conservative
  Edmonton-Belmont William Mack Progressive Conservative
  Edmonton-Beverly Bill Diachuk Progressive Conservative
  Edmonton-Calder Tom Chambers Progressive Conservative
  Edmonton Centre Mary LeMessurier Progressive Conservative
  Edmonton-Glenora Lou Hyndman Progressive Conservative
  Edmonton-Glengarry Rollie Cook Progressive Conservative
  Edmonton-Gold Bar Al Hiebert Progressive Conservative
  Edmonton-Highlands David Thomas King Progressive Conservative
  Edmonton Jasper Place Leslie Young Progressive Conservative
  Edmonton-Kingsway Kenneth Paproski Progressive Conservative
  Edmonton Meadowlark Gerard Amerongen Progressive Conservative
  Edmonton-Mill Woods Milt Pahl Progressive Conservative
  Edmonton-Norwood Catherine Chichak Progressive Conservative
  Edmonton-Parkallen Neil Stanley Crawford Progressive Conservative
  Edmonton-Sherwood Park Henry Woo Progressive Conservative
  Edmonton-Strathcona Julian Koziak Progressive Conservative
  Edmonton-Whitemud Peter Knaak Progressive Conservative
  Edson Ian Reid Progressive Conservative
  Grande Prairie Elmer Borstad Progressive Conservative
  Highwood George Wolstenholme Progressive Conservative
  Innisfail Nigel Pengelly Progressive Conservative
  Lac La Biche-McMurray Norm Weiss Progressive Conservative
  Lacombe Jack Cookson 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 Social Credit
  Lloydminster Bud Miller Progressive Conservative
  Macleod LeRoy Fjordbotten Progressive Conservative
  Medicine Hat Jim Horsman Progressive Conservative
     Olds-Didsbury Robert Curtis Clark Social Credit
  Peace River Al Adair Progressive Conservative
  Pincher Creek-Crowsnest Frederick Bradley Progressive Conservative
  Ponoka Don McCrimmon Progressive Conservative
  Red Deer Norman Magee Progressive Conservative
  Redwater-Andrew George Topolnisky Progressive Conservative
  Rocky Mountain House John Murray Campbell Progressive Conservative
  Smoky River Marvin Moore Progressive Conservative
     Spirit River-Fairview Grant Notley NDP
  St. Albert Myrna Fyfe Progressive Conservative
  St. Paul Charles Anderson Progressive Conservative
  Stettler Graham Harle Progressive Conservative
  Stony Plain William Purdy Progressive Conservative
  Taber-Warner Robert Bogle Progressive Conservative
  Three Hills Connie Osterman Progressive Conservative
  Vegreville John Batiuk Progressive Conservative
  Vermilion-Viking Tom Lysons Progressive Conservative
  Wainwright Charles Stewart Progressive Conservative
  Wetaskiwin-Leduc Dallas Schmidt Progressive Conservative
  Whitecourt Peter Trynchy Progressive Conservative

See also[edit]