1981 Manitoba general election

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1981 Manitoba general election
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  1977 November 17, 1981 1986  

57 seats of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba
29 seats were needed for a majority
 First partySecond partyThird party
 
Leader Howard Pawley Sterling Lyon Doug Lauchlan
Party New Democratic Progressive Conservative Liberal
Leader since November 4, 1979 December 6, 1975 November 30, 1980
Leader's seat Selkirk Charleswood Ran in Wolseley (lost)
Last election23331
Seats won34230
Seat changeIncrease2.svg11Decrease2.svg10Decrease2.svg1
Popular vote228,784211,60232,373
Percentage47.38%43.82%6.70%
SwingIncrease2.svg8.76pp Decrease2.svg4.93pp Decrease2.svg5.59pp

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Map of Election Results

Premier before election

Sterling Lyon
Progressive Conservative

Premier after election

Howard Pawley
New Democratic

The 1981 Manitoba general election was held on November 17, 1981 to elect Members of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Manitoba, Canada. It was won by the opposition New Democratic Party, which took 34 of 57 seats. The governing Progressive Conservative Party took the remaining 23, while the Manitoba Liberal Party was shut out from the legislature for the only time in its history. The newly formed Progressive Party failed to win any seats.

Contents

Sterling Lyon's Progressive Conservative government ran on a promise to continue investing in the province's "mega-projects" (including as a $500 million Alcan aluminum smelter, a $600 million potash mine and a "Western power grid"), and suggested that an NDP government would jeopardize these plans. The NDP campaign, which was largely co-ordinated by Wilson Parasiuk, questioned the Lyon government's fiscal accountability in such matters, noting that it had sold 50% of Trout Lake Copper Mine stock, possibly at a major loss. Jacques Bougie, the Alcan administrator for Manitoba, was also described as holding undue influence over the government.

The NDP campaign generally focused on the economy, and drew attention to the issue of Manitobans emigrating from the province because of job losses. Progressive Party leader Sidney Green described Lyon's initiatives as "bega-projects", a reference to the government's controversial fundraising with foreign corporations.

The election was considered too close to call until the final week, when the NDP campaign gained momentum.

Results

PartyParty Leader# of
candidates
SeatsPopular Vote
Before1Elected% Change#%Change
  New Democratic Howard Pawley 572034+70.0%228,78447.38%+8.76
  Progressive Conservative Sterling Lyon 573223-28.1%211,60243.82%-4.93
  Liberal Doug Lauchlan 391--100%32,3736.70%-5.59
Progressive Sidney Green 363--100%8,7311.81%+1.81
Communist Paula Fletcher 2---261.05%-0.01
 Independent41--100%1,141.24%+0.24
 Vacant1n.a.
Total1955757-487,154100% 

1 "Before" refers to standings in the Legislature at dissolution, and not to the results of the previous election. These numbers therefore reflect changes in party standings as a result of by-elections and members crossing the floor.

Popular vote
New Democratic
47.38%
PC
43.82%
Liberal
6.70%
Others
2.10%
Seats summary
New Democratic
59.65%
PC
40.35%

Riding results

Party key:

Note: There was one vacant seat at the time of the election.

(x) denotes incumbent.

Arthur:

Assiniboia:

Brandon East:

Brandon West:

Burrows:

Charleswood:

Churchill:

1981 Manitoba general election : Concordia
PartyCandidateVotes%
New Democratic Peter Fox 5,33360.91
Progressive Conservative D. Scotty McVicar2,58629.54
Liberal Gail Stapon3093.53
Progressive Josephine Young3063.50
Independent Bob Fraser2212.52
Total valid votes8,755
Rejected votes15
Turnout8,77069.66
Electors on the lists12,589

Dauphin:

Ellice:

1981 Manitoba general election : Elmwood
PartyCandidateVotes%
New Democratic Russell Doern 5,14067.83
     Progressive Conservative Eveline Holtmann1,91025.20
Liberal Eric Wood3474.58
Progressive Curtis Bloodworth1812.39
Total valid votes7,578
Rejected ballots36
Turnout7,61466.17
Registered voters11,506

Emerson:

Flin Flon:

Fort Garry:

Fort Rouge:

Gimli:

Gladstone:

Inkster:

Interlake:

Kildonan:

Kirkfield Park:

Lac Du Bonnet:

Lakeside:

La Verendrye:

Logan:

Minnedosa:

Morris:

Niakwa:

Osborne:

Pembina:

Portage la Prairie:

Radisson:

Rhineland:

Riel:

River East:

River Heights:

Roblin-Russell:

Rossmere:

Rupertsland:

St. Boniface:

St. James:

1981 Manitoba general election : St. Johns
PartyCandidateVotes%
New Democratic Donald Malinowski 4,00456.99
Progressive Conservative Don Cilinsky1,78525.41
Liberal Henry Kowlowski6749.59
Progressive Bernie Bellan4466.35
Communist William Cecil Ross 1171.67
Total valid votes7,026
Rejected ballots70
Turnout7,09667.18
Electors on the lists10,562

St. Norbert:

1981 Manitoba general election : St. Vital
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
New Democratic Jim Walding 5,50452.80+11.18
     Progressive Conservative John Robertson4,23640.64+4.69
Liberal Gord Patterson6846.56-15.87
Total valid votes10,424100.00
Rejected votes34
Turnout10,45880.61
Electors on the lists12,974
New Democratic hold Swing +3.24

Ste. Rose:

Selkirk:

Seven Oaks:

Springfield:

Sturgeon Creek:

Swan River:

The Pas:

Thompson:

Transcona:

1981 Manitoba general election : Turtle Mountain
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
     Progressive Conservative Brian Ransom 4,77572.36
New Democratic Joan Johannson1,66025.16
    IndependentBill Rainbow Harrison1642.49
Total valid votes6,599100.00
Rejected and declined ballots33
Turnout6,63262.96
Electors on the lists10,533

Tuxedo:

Virden:

Wolseley:

Post-election changes

Henry Carroll (NDP) became (Ind), August 19, 1982. Russell Doern (NDP) became (Ind), March 7, 1984.

Fort Garry (res. Louis Sherman, August 5, 1984), October 2, 1984:

Kildonan (dec. Mary Beth Dolin, April 10, 1985), October 1, 1985:

Portage la Prairie (dec. Lloyd Hyde, August 25, 1985)

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