Alberta general election, 1989
83 seats in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta
42 seats needed for a majority
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 as 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 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). Leader Ray Speaker defected to the Progressive Conservatives, while Walt Buck retired. The party disbanded soon after the election.
Overall voter turnout was 53.60%.
|Party||Party leader||# of
|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%|
|Social Credit||Harvey Yuill||6||*||-||*||3,939||0.47%||*|
|Source: Elections Alberta|
* Party did not nominate candidates in the previous election.
For complete electoral history, see individual districts
- 1 Nancy Betkowski later changed her last name to MacBeth
- 2 Pat Black later changed her last name to Nelson
- Election Alberta (July 28, 2008). 2008 General Report (PDF). p. 158. Retrieved April 29, 2011.