Alberta general election, 1989
Many political observers were surprised by the early election call - 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) as one of their MLAs retired and the other crossed the floor to the Progressive Conservative Party. The party disbanded soon after the election.
Overall voter turnout was 53.60%.
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|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. p. 158. Retrieved April 29, 2011.