Prince Edward Island general election, 1989

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Prince Edward Island general election, 1989
Prince Edward Island
← 1986 May 29, 1989 (1989-05-29) 1993 →

All 32 seats in the Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island
17 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party
Leader Joe Ghiz Mel Gass
Party Liberal Progressive Conservative
Leader since October 24, 1981 June 11, 1988
Leader's seat 6th Queens Ran in 2nd Queens (lost)
Last election 21 seats, 50.3% 11 seats, 45.5%
Seats won 30 2
Seat change +9 -9
Popular vote 85,982 50,731
Percentage 60.7% 35.8%
Swing +10.4pp -9.7pp

Prince Edward Island general election 1989 - 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

Joe Ghiz


Joe Ghiz

The 1989 Prince Edward Island general election was held on May 29, 1989.[1]

The campaign resulted in the re-election of the Liberal government of Premier Joe Ghiz. In this election, the Liberals won 60.7% of the popular vote, the highest percentage that a winning party has taken on record in Prince Edward Island. The Progressive Conservatives were able to win 2 seats despite taking their lowest share of the vote ever, 35.8%. Only 5 times has the Opposition had 2 or fewer seats in the history of Prince Edward Island; this was one of them.

Party standings[edit]

30 2
Liberal PC
Party Party Leader Seats Popular Vote
1986 Elected Change # % Change
  Liberal Joe Ghiz 21 30 +9 85,982 60.7% +10.4%
  Progressive Conservative Mel Gass 11 2 -9 50,731 35.8% -9.7%
  New Democratic Jim Mayne 0 0 - 4,902 3.5% -0.5%

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     Albert Fogarty Progressive
2nd Kings     Claude Matheson Liberal     Walter Bradley Liberal
3rd Kings     Peter Doucette Liberal     Roberta Hubley Liberal
4th Kings     Stanley Bruce Liberal     Gilbert R. Clements Liberal
5th Kings     Rose Marie MacDonald Liberal     Barry Hicken Liberal


District Assemblyman Party Councillor Party
1st Prince     Robert Morrissey Liberal     Robert E. Campbell Liberal
2nd Prince     Keith Milligan Liberal     Allison Ellis Liberal
3rd Prince     Léonce Bernard Liberal     Edward Clark Liberal
4th Prince     Stavert Huestis Liberal    
Libbe Hubley Liberal
5th Prince     Walter McEwen Liberal     Nancy Guptill Liberal


District Assemblyman Party Councillor Party
1st Queens     Marion Murphy Liberal     Leone Bagnall Progressive
2nd Queens     Gordon MacInnis Liberal     Ron MacKinley Liberal
3rd Queens     Betty Jean Brown Liberal     Tom Dunphy Liberal
4th Queens     Alan Buchanan Liberal     Lynwood MacPherson Liberal
5th Queens     Wayne Cheverie Liberal     Tim Carroll Liberal
6th Queens     Joseph Atallah Ghiz Liberal     Paul Connolly Liberal