Yukon general election, 1978

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The 1978 Yukon general election, held on November 20, 1978, was the first conventional legislative election in the history of Canada's Yukon Territory. Prior elections were held to elect representatives to the Yukon Territorial Council, a non-partisan body that acted in an advisory role to the Commissioner of the Yukon. Following the passage of the Yukon Elections Act in 1977, the 1978 election was the first time that voters in the Yukon elected representatives to the Yukon Legislative Assembly in an election organized along political party lines.

Hilda Watson, the first woman ever to lead a political party into an election in Canada, was the leader of the Progressive Conservatives. Although the party won the election, Watson herself was defeated in Kluane by Liberal candidate Alice McGuire, and thus did not become government leader. The position of government leader instead went to Chris Pearson.

New Democratic leader Fred Berger was also defeated in his own riding. He remained leader of the party until 1981, when he was succeeded by the party's sole elected MLA, Tony Penikett. Under Penikett's leadership, an MLA who had been elected as an independent in 1978 joined the NDP, and the party won a by-election. With its caucus increased to three members, the NDP had thus supplanted the Liberals as the official opposition by the time of the 1982 election.

Results by party[edit]

Party Party Leader # of cands Seats
Before After % of vote
Progressive Conservative Hilda Watson 15 11 37.1
Liberal Iain MacKay 14 2 26.0
Independent 9 16 2 16.6
NDP Fred Berger 14 1 20.3
Total   52 16 16  

Results by riding[edit]

Electoral District Candidates   Incumbent
  PC   Liberal   NDP   Other
Campbell Don McIntosh
61
Blake Stirling Macdonald
120
Margaret Thomson
65
Robert Fleming
184
new district
Faro no candidate no candidate Stuart McCall
231
Maurice Byblow
361
new district
Hootalinqua Al Falle
209
Mike Laforet
83
Max Fraser
159
Mack Henry
44
Robert Fleming
Klondike Meg McCall
152
no candidate Fred Berger
130
Eleanor Millard
114
Fred Berger
Kluane Hilda Watson
150
Alice McGuire
188
no candidate John Livesey
49
Hilda Watson
Mayo Peter Hanson
95
Gordon McIntyre
84
Alan McDiarmid
82
David Harwood
85
Gordon McIntyre
Old Crow Grafton Njootli
62
Edith Tizya
29
Robert Bruce
19
new district
Tatchun Howard Tracey
109
Hugh Netzel
71
Jerry Roberts
83
new district
Watson Lake Don Taylor
226
Grant Taylor
188
no candidate Don Taylor
Whitehorse North Centre Geoff Lattin
153
Dermot Flynn
83
Doug Stephenson
131
Ken McKinnon
141
Ken McKinnon
Whitehorse Porter Creek East Dan Lang
322
Bill Webber
202
Paul Warner
84
new district
Whitehorse Porter Creek West Doug Graham
188
Clive Tanner
142
Kathy Horton
60
new district
Whitehorse Riverdale North Chris Pearson
358
Richard Rotondo
194
Dave Dornian
59
new district
Whitehorse Riverdale South Margaret Heath
354
Iain MacKay
420
Jim McCullough
113
new district
Whitehorse South Centre Jack Hibberd
245
Bert Law
197
Ken Krocker
122
Jack Hibberd
Whitehorse West Anthony Fekete
185
John Watt
200
Tony Penikett
230
Al Omotani
81
Guy Julien
37
Flo Whyard

Member changes[edit]

Liberal leader Iain MacKay resigned the party leadership and his seat in the legislature in 1980, and was succeeded in both roles by Ron Veale.[1]

Following Penikett's accession to the leadership of the NDP in 1981, Maurice Byblow, elected as an independent, joined the party.

Jack Hibberd resigned his seat in the legislature on April 15, 1981, after accepting a position as a surgical consultant with a hospital outside of the Yukon. The resulting by-election, held on October 13, was won by New Democrat Roger Kimmerly. Now holding three seats in the legislature, the NDP replaced the Liberals as the Official Opposition.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Byelections". CPA Activities: The Canadian Scene, Vol. 4, No. 2.
  2. ^ "NDP's by-election win makes it Opposition". The Globe and Mail, October 15, 1981.