1969 Manitoba general election

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1969 Manitoba general election
Flag of Manitoba.svg
  1966 June 25, 1969 1973  

57 seats of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba
29 seats were needed for a majority
 First partySecond party
  Edward Schreyer (crop).jpg PC
Leader Edward Schreyer Walter Weir
Party New Democratic Progressive Conservative
Leader since June 7, 1969 November 25, 1967
Leader's seat Rossmere Minnedosa
Last election1131
Seats won2822
Seat changeIncrease2.svg17Decrease2.svg9
Popular vote128,080119,021
Percentage38.27%35.56%
SwingIncrease2.svg15.13pp Decrease2.svg4.40pp

 Third partyFourth party
 LIBSC
Leader Robert Bend Jacob Froese
Party Liberal Social Credit
Leader since May 10, 1969
Leader's seatRan in Lakeside (lost) Rhineland
Last election141
Seats won51
Seat changeDecrease2.svg9Steady2.svg0
Popular vote80,2884,535
Percentage23.99%1.36%
SwingDecrease2.svg9.14pp Decrease2.svg2.18pp

Manitoba general election, 1969 results by riding.svg
Map of Election Results

Premier before election

Walter Weir
Progressive Conservative

Premier after election

Edward Schreyer
New Democratic

The 1969 Manitoba general election was held on June 25, 1969 to elect Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) of the Canadian province of Manitoba. It was a watershed moment in the province's political history. The social-democratic New Democratic Party emerged for the first time as the largest party in the legislature, winning 28 out of 57 seats. The governing Progressive Conservative Party fell to 22, and the once-dominant Liberal Party fell to an historical low of five. The Social Credit Party won one seat, and there was also one Independent elected.

Contents

It was not clear what form the government would take in the days immediately following the election. There were negotiations among the Liberal and Progressive Conservatives to form a minority coalition government, supported by the Social Credit and Independent members; under this scenario, former Liberal leader Gildas Molgat would have become Premier. These plans came to nothing when Liberal MLA Laurent Desjardins announced that he would sit as a "Liberal Democrat" supporting the NDP, allowing the NDP to form government by one seat. Edward Schreyer became the province's first social democratic Premier shortly thereafter.

The Manitoba NDP had a total election budget of $45,000. Although very small by modern standards, this was the most the party had ever spent up to this time. [1]

The Liberals had managed to remain as the Official Opposition for a decade after losing power in 1959. However, this would be the start of almost 20 years in the political wilderness; the party would not come close to governing again until winning opposition status in 1988.

Results

PartyParty Leader# of
candidates
SeatsPopular Vote
1966 Elected% Change#%Change
  New Democratic Edward Schreyer 571128+154.5%128,08038.27%+15.13
  Progressive Conservative Walter Weir 573122-29.0%119,02135.56%-4.40
  Liberal Robert Bend 57145-64.3%80,28823.99%-9.14
Social Credit Jacob Froese (?)611-4,5351.36%-2.18
Communist William Cecil Ross 2---7440.22%+0.02
 Independent5-1 2,0200.60%+0.57
Total1845757-334,688100% 
Popular vote
New Democratic
38.27%
PC
35.56%
Liberal
23.99%
Social Credit
1.36%
Others
0.82%
Seats summary
New Democratic
49.12%
PC
38.60%
Liberal
8.77%
Social Credit
1.75%
Independent
1.75%
Preceded by
1966 Manitoba election
List of Manitoba elections Succeeded by
1973 Manitoba election

See also

Riding results

Party key:

(x) denotes incumbent.

Arthur:

Assiniboia:

1969 Manitoba general election : Birtle-Russell
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
     Progressive Conservative Harry Graham 2,37439.59
New Democratic Donald Kostesky2,26337.74
Liberal John Braendle1,36022.68
Total valid votes5,997100.00
Rejected and discarded votes12
Turnout6,00972.47
Electors on the lists8,292

Brandon East:

Brandon West:

Burrows:

Charleswood:

Churchill:

Crescentwood:

Dauphin:

Elmwood:

Emerson:

Flin Flon:

Fort Garry:

Fort Rouge:

Gimli:

Gladstone:

Inkster:

Kildonan:

Lac Du Bonnet:

Lakeside:

1969 Manitoba general election : La Verendrye
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Liberal Leonard Barkman 1,93352.17
     Progressive Conservative John Blatz1,05128.46
New Democratic Elmer Reimer72119.46
Total valid votes3,705100.00
Rejected and discarded votes29
Turnout3,73450.64
Electors on the lists7,369

Logan:

Minnedosa:

1969 Manitoba general election : Morris
PartyCandidateVotes%
     Progressive Conservative Warner Jorgenson 2,47253.76
Liberal Joseph Legault1,18325.73
New Democratic William T. Loftus71215.48
Social Credit Henry Funk2315.02
Total valid votes4,598100.00
Rejected and discarded votes15
Turnout4,61361.20
Electors on the lists7,537

Osborne:

Pembina:

1969 Manitoba general election : Point Douglas
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
New Democratic Donald Malinowski 2,25352.52
     Progressive Conservative Slaw Rebchuk 1,08825.36
Liberal Roger Garrity52812.31
Communist Bill Kardash 4219.81
Total valid votes4,290100.00
Rejected and discarded votes62
Turnout4,35246.37
Electors on the lists9,385

Portage la Prairie:

Radisson:

Rhineland:

Riel:

River Heights:

Roblin:

Rock Lake:

Rossmere:

Rupertsland:

St. Boniface:

St. George:

St. James:

St. Johns:

St. Matthews:

1969 Manitoba general election : St. Vital
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
     Progressive Conservative Jack Hardy 2,58736.01
New Democratic Jim Walding 2,56435.69
Liberal Joe Stangl2,03428.31
Total valid votes7,185100.00
Rejected votes39
Turnout7,22468.04
Electors on the lists10,617
Progressive Conservative hold Swing

Ste. Rose:

Selkirk:

Seven Oaks:

Souris-Killarney:

Springfield:

Sturgeon Creek:

Swan River:

The Pas:

Thompson:

Transcona:

Virden:

Wellington:

Winnipeg Centre:

Wolseley:

[2]

Post-election changes

Jack Hardy (St. Vital, PC) resigned his seat. A by-election was called for April 5, 1971.

Manitoba provincial by-election, April 5, 1971: St. Vital
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
New Democratic Jim Walding 3,37835.94+0.25
Liberal Dan Kennedy 3,08332.80+4.49
     Progressive Conservative Kenneth Pratt2,92531.12−4.89
    IndependentSam Bordman130.14
Total valid votes9,399100
Rejected and declined ballots10
Turnout9,40983.05+15.01
Electors on the lists11,329
New Democratic gain from Progressive Conservative Swing +2.57

Ste. Rose (res. Gildas Molgat, October 7, 1970), April 5, 1971:

Minnedosa (res. Walter Weir, September 1971), November 16, 1971:

Laurent Desjardins formally joined the NDP in 1971.

Wolseley (dec. Leonard Claydon, 1971), June 16, 1972:

Jean Allard left the NDP to sit as an Independent on April 7, 1972. Joseph Borowski left the NDP caucus on June 25, 1972.

Churchill (dec. Gordon Beard, November 12, 1972) [3]

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References

  1. Ian Stewart, Just One Vote: Jim Walding's nomination to constitutional defeat, (Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press), 2009, p. 17.
  2. http://www.mhs.mb.ca/docs/events/provincialelection1969.shtml
  3. http://www.mhs.mb.ca/docs/people/beard_gw.shtml