1971 Saskatchewan general election
The 1971 Saskatchewan general election 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.
60 seats in the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan
31 seats needed for a majority
Popular vote by riding. As this is an FPTP election, seat totals are not determined by popular vote, but instead via results by each riding.
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.
|Party||Party Leader||# of
|1967||Elected||% Change||#||%||% Change|
|New Democratic||Allan Blakeney||60||24||45||+87.5%||248,978||55.00%||+10.65%|
|Progressive Conservative||Ed Nasserden||16||–||–||–||9,659||2.13%||-7.65%|
|Source: Elections Saskatchewan|
Note: * Party did not nominate candidates in previous election.