Saskatchewan general election, 1971

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Saskatchewan general election, 1971
Saskatchewan
← 1967 June 23, 1971 (1971-06-23) 1975 →

60 seats in the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan
31 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party
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LIB
Leader Allan Blakeney Ross Thatcher
Party New Democratic Liberal
Leader since July 4, 1970 September 24, 1959
Leader's seat Regina Centre Morse
Last election 24 35
Seats won 45 15
Seat change Increase21 Decrease20
Popular vote 248,978 193,864
Percentage 55.00% 42.82%
Swing Increase10.65pp Decrease2.75pp

Premier before election

Ross Thatcher
Liberal

Premier-designate

Allan Blakeney
New Democratic

The Saskatchewan general election of 1971 was the seventeenth provincial election in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. It was held on June 23, 1971, to elect members of the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan.

Under the leadership of Allan Blakeney, the New Democratic Party of Saskatchewan returned to power after seven years in opposition. The NDP won a majority government, increasing its share of the popular vote by over 10 percentage points.

The Liberal government of Premier Ross Thatcher more or less held its share of the popular vote, but lost a significant number of seats in the legislature in part because of the continuing decline in the share of the vote won by the Progressive Conservative Party, now led by Ed Nasserden.

Ross Thatcher died on July 22, 1971, just shy of a month since losing the election.

Results[edit]

Party Party Leader # of
candidates
Seats Popular Vote
1967 Elected % Change # % % Change
     New Democratic Allan Blakeney 60 24 45 +87.5% 248,978 55.00% +10.65%
  Liberal Ross Thatcher 60 35 15 -42.9% 193,864 42.82% -2.75%
     Progressive Conservative Ed Nasserden 16 9,659 2.13% -7.65%
     Independent 1 * * 189 0.04% *
Communist 1 * * 46 0.01% *
Total 138 59 60 +1.7% 452,736 100%  
Source: Elections Saskatchewan

Note: * Party did not nominate candidates in previous election.

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