Nova Scotia general election, 1993

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Nova Scotia general election, 1993
Nova Scotia
← 1988 May 25, 1993 1998 →

52 seats of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly
27 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
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Leader John Savage Donald W. Cameron Alexa McDonough
Party Liberal Progressive Conservative New Democratic
Leader since June 20, 1992 February 9, 1991 November 16, 1980
Leader's seat Dartmouth South Pictou East Halifax Fairview
Last election 21 28 2
Seats won 40 9 3
Seat change Increase19 Decrease19 Increase1
Popular vote 243,298 152,383 85,946
Percentage 49.67% 31.1% 17.55%
Swing Increase10.07% Decrease12.3% Increase1.75%

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Riding map of Nova Scotia showing winning parties

Premier before election

Donald W. Cameron
Progressive Conservative

Premier-designate

John Savage
Liberal

The 33rd Nova Scotia general election was held on May 25, 1993 to elect members of the 56th House of Assembly of the Province of Nova Scotia, Canada. The Liberals under John Savage won a landslide victory over the unpopular Progressive Conservatives under Premier Donald Cameron, while Alexa McDonough's NDP remained a distant third, winning three seats.

Campaign[edit]

The Progressive Conservatives, led by Donald Cameron, campaigned on his record of making 152 reforms since succeeding Premier John Buchanan in 1991. Cameron slashed government spending, cutting out free coffee and rented plants in government offices.[1] Buchanan suffered allegations of patronage which Cameron could not overcome during the election campaign. Cameron vowed to end patronage and balance the budget within three years or he would resign. However, Cameron made a controversial move by appointing two unelected women to his cabinet immediately prior to the election campaign.[2]

Liberal leader John Savage promised to end pork-barrel politics and introduce a new style of governing focusing on job creation.[1]

Results[edit]

Results by party[edit]

Party Party leader # of
candidates
Seats Popular vote
1988 Dissolution Elected % Change # % Change
  Liberal John Savage 52 21 21 40 +90.5% 243,298 49.67% +10.1%
  Progressive Conservative Donald Cameron 52 28 24 9 -62.5% 152,383 31.11% -12.3%
  New Democratic Alexa McDonough 52 2 3 3 - 85,946 17.55% +1.9%
  Natural Law   12 - - - - 1,647 0.34% -
     Independents 12 1 2 - - 5,758 1.18% -
  Vacant 2  
Total 180 52 52 52   489,829 -  

Results by region[edit]

Party name HRM C.B. Valley S. Shore Fundy Central Total
Parties winning seats in the legislature:
  Liberal Seats: 13 10 4 6 5 2 40
  Popular vote: 40.99% 65.94% 46.70% 52.22% 50.20% 48.93% 49.67%
  Progressive Conservative Seats: 1 - 3 1 1 3 9
  Popular vote: 29.83% 19.74% 36.43% 29.00% 37.21% 39.90% 31.11%
  New Democratic Party Seats: 3 - - - - - 3
  Popular vote: 27.77% 13.72% 12.81% 11.91% 13.40% 10.47% 17.55%
Parties not winning seats in the legislature:
  Natural Law Popular vote: 0.52% N/A 0.43% N/A N/A N/A 0.34%
     Independents Popular vote: 0.89% 0.60% 3.62% 2.24% 0.27% 0.69% 1.18%
Total seats: 17 10 7 7 6 5 52

References[edit]