Prince Edward Island general election, 1978

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Prince Edward Island general election, 1978
Prince Edward Island
← 1974 April 24, 1978 (1978-04-24) 1979 →

All 32 seats in the Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island
17 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party
Leader Alexander B. Campbell Angus MacLean
Party Liberal Progressive Conservative
Leader since December 11, 1965 September 25, 1976
Leader's seat 5th Prince 4th Queens
Last election 26 seats, 54.0% 6 seats, 39.9%
Seats won 17 15
Seat change -9 +9
Popular vote 64,133 60,878
Percentage 50.7% 48.1%
Swing -3.3pp +8.2pp

Prince Edward Island general election, 1978 results by district.svg
Seats won by each party per district. Voters elect two members (one Councillor and Assemblyman) from each of the 16 districts.

Premier before election

Alexander B. Campbell


Alexander B. Campbell

The 1978 Prince Edward Island general election was held on April 24, 1978.[1]

The election was one of the closest on records, with the governing Liberals of Premier Alexander B. Campbell losing a number of seats to their Progressive Conservative rivals. The razor thin result led to an unstable legislature and another election was held just one year later in 1979.

Party standings[edit]

17 15
Liberal PC
Party Party Leader Seats Popular Vote
1974 Elected Change # % Change
  Liberal Alex Campbell 26 17 -9 64,133 50.7% -3.3%
  Progressive Conservative Angus MacLean 6 15 +9 60,878 48.1% +8.2%
  New Democratic Aquinas Ryan 0 0 - 1,173 0.9% -5.3%
  Independent - 0 - 257 0.2% +0.2%

Members elected[edit]

The Legislature of Prince Edward Island had two levels of membership from 1893 to 1996 - Assemblymen and Councillors. This was a holdover from when the Island had a bicameral legislature, the General Assembly and the Legislative Council.

In 1893, the Legislative Council was abolished and had its membership merged with the Assembly, though the two titles remained separate and were elected by different electoral franchises. Assembleymen were elected by all eligible voters of within a district. Before 1963, Councillors were only elected by landowners within a district, but afterward they were elected in the same manner as Assemblymen.[2]


District Assemblyman Party Councillor Party
1st Kings     Ross "Johnny" Young Liberal     James Fay Liberal
2nd Kings     Roddy Pratt Progressive
    Leo Rossiter Progressive
3rd Kings     William Bennett Campbell Liberal     Bud Ings Liberal
4th Kings     Pat Binns Progressive
    Johnnie Williams Progressive
5th Kings     Arthur J. MacDonald Liberal     Lowell Johnston Progressive


District Assemblyman Party Councillor Party
1st Prince     Russell Perry Liberal     Robert E. Campbell Liberal
2nd Prince     George R. Henderson Liberal     Allison Ellis Liberal
3rd Prince     Léonce Bernard Liberal     Edward Clark Liberal
4th Prince     William MacDougall Progressive
Prowse Chappel Progressive
5th Prince     George McMahon Progressive
    Alexander B. Campbell Liberal


District Assemblyman Party Councillor Party
1st Queens     Jean Canfield Liberal     Ralph Johnstone Liberal
2nd Queens     David Ford Liberal     Lloyd MacPhail Progressive
3rd Queens     Horace B. Carver Progressive
    Fred Driscoll Progressive
4th Queens     J. Angus MacLean Progressive
    Daniel Compton Progressive
5th Queens     James M. Lee Progressive
    George Proud Liberal
6th Queens     Barry Clark Progressive
    John H. Maloney Liberal