1982 Saskatchewan general election

The 1982 Saskatchewan general election was held on April 26, 1982, to elect members of the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan.

1982 Saskatchewan general election

← 1978 April 26, 1982 (1982-04-26) 1986 →

64 seats in the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan
33 seats needed for a majority
Turnout83.9% [1]
  First party Second party
 
PC
Allan-Blakeney-2009.jpeg
Leader Grant Devine Allan Blakeney
Party Progressive Conservative New Democratic
Leader since November 9, 1979 July 4, 1970
Leader's seat Estevan Regina Elphinstone
Last election 17 44
Seats before 15 44
Seats won 55 9
Seat change Increase40 Decrease35
Popular vote 289,311 201,390
Percentage 54.07% 37.64%
Swing Increase15.99pp Decrease10.44pp

Premier before election

Allan Blakeney
New Democratic

Premier after election

Grant Devine
Progressive Conservative

The Progressive Conservative Party, led by Grant Devine, defeated the New Democratic Party government of Premier Allan Blakeney, which had governed the province since the 1971 election. The Tories won over half the popular vote, and a large majority in the legislature – the first time that the party had won an outright majority, and making Devine only the second Tory premier in the province's history. The only other time that the Tories had ever led a government was after the 1929 election, when James Anderson led a coalition government of Conservatives, Progressives and independents.

The NDP vote fell to its lowest level since 1938, and the party lost 35 of its 44 seats in the legislature – the second-worst defeat of a sitting government in the province's history, behind only the Saskatchewan Liberal Party's 38-seat loss in 1944. The highest-profile casualty was Deputy Premier Roy Romanow, who was ousted by Tory challenger Jo-Ann Zazelenchuk as part of the Tories' sweep of Saskatoon.

This election included the Aboriginal People's Party, a party focused on issues affecting Saskatchewan's First Nations. The APP's best showing would be in the Cumberland district of northeast Saskatchewan, finishing third – ahead of the Liberal candidate.

Popular feelings of alienation in Saskatchewan from Ottawa reached a high point in 1982. The provincial wing of the Western Canada Concept movement won more votes than the Saskatchewan Liberal Party candidate in over a third of Saskatchewan's constituencies; in three ridings the WCC candidate captured more than 1,000 votes. The WCC would disappear by 1988 and be replaced by the Western Independence Party in the 21st century.

ResultsEdit

Party Party leader Candidates Seats Popular vote
1978 Dissol. Elected % Change # % % Change
Progressive Conservative Grant Devine 64 17 15 55 +266.7% 289,311 54.07% +15.99%
New Democratic Allan Blakeney 64 44 44 9 -79.5% 201,390 37.64% -10.44%
Liberal Ralph Goodale 64 24,134 4.51% -9.27%
Western Canada Concept Ray Bailey 40 * * * 17,487 3.26% *
  Independent 8 21 -100% 1,607 0.30% +0.28%
Aboriginal People's 10 * * * 1,156 0.22% *
Total 250 61 61 64 +4.9% 535,085 100%  
Source: Elections Saskatchewan

Note: * Party did not nominate candidates in previous election. 1Richard Collver and Dennis Ham, MLAs of the short-lived "Unionest Party".

PercentagesEdit

Popular vote
PC
54.07%
New Democratic
37.64%
Liberal
4.51%
Others
3.78%
Seats summary
PC
85.94%
New Democratic
14.06%

RankingEdit

Party Seats Second Third Fourth Fifth
Progressive Conservative 55 8 1 0 0
New Democratic 9 55 0 0 0
Liberal 0 1 38 26 1
Western Canada Concept 0 0 23 16 1
Aboriginal People's 0 0 1 2 7
Independent 0 0 1 2 5

Riding resultsEdit

Names in bold represent cabinet ministers and the Speaker. Party leaders are italicized. The symbol " ** " indicates MLAs who are not running again.

Northwest SaskatchewanEdit

Electoral District Candidates Incumbent
Progressive Conservative New Democratic Liberal Western Canada Concept Other
         
Athabasca   Bruce Clarke
1,162
Frederick John Thompson
1,606
Willard Quewezance
147
Rod Bishop (Ind.) 976

Vital Morin (APP) 210

  Frederick John Thompson
Cut Knife-Lloydminster   Michael Hopfner
4,968
Bob Long
3,963
L. Allison Henderson
109
  Robert Gavin Long
Meadow Lake   George McLeod
4,236
Dave Bridger
2,149
R. Hugh Currie
131
Paul S. Pospisil
242
Ray L. Manegre (Ind.) 57   George Malcolm McLeod
Redberry   John Gerich
4,018
Dennis Banda
2,556
Bernadine Droesse
156
Wayne Ratzlaff
303
  Dennis George Banda
Rosthern   Ralph Katzman
6,816
Chris Banman
1,889
Bruce Wagner
412
James E. Boschman (Ind.) 188   Ralph Katzman
The Battlefords   Myles Morin
5,737
David Miner
3,625
Mary Friedman
348
Vernon D. Loeppky
249
  David Manly Miner
Turtleford   Colin Maxwell
3,825
Lloyd Johnson
2,803
Glenn J. Mason
155
  Lloyd Emmett Johnson

Northeast SaskatchewanEdit

Electoral District Candidates Incumbent
Progressive Conservative New Democratic Liberal Western Canada Concept Aboriginal People's Party
         
Cumberland   Edward Charlette
852
Lawrence Riel Yew
2,587
Roy Fosseneuve
251
Leon E. McAuley
329
  Norm MacAulay**
Kelsey-Tisdale   Neal Hardy
5,171
Francis E. Schmeichel
2,874
P. Hudson Foga
139
John K. McConaghie
284
Olga Flesjer
32
  Neal Herbert Hardy
Kinistino   Bernard Boutin
4,266
Don Cody
3,759
Ed Olchowy
247
  Donald William Cody
Melfort   Grant Hodgins
4,626
Norm Vickar
3,099
S. Helen Hamilton
130
Brian Bedard
489
  Norman Vickar
Nipawin   Lloyd Sauder
4,267
Irvin G. Perkins
2,844
Ron J. Wassill
231
Bob Fair
627
  Richard Collver**
Prince Albert   John Meagher
4,258
Mike Feschuk
4,232
Bill Nutting
369
Earl Switenky
764
  Mike Feschuk
Prince Albert-Duck Lake   Phil West
3,491
Jerome Hammersmith
3,500
Mike Scholfield
404
Ron Folstad
873
John H. McLeod
86
  Jerome Hammersmith
Shellbrook-Torch River   Lloyd Muller
4,117
George Bowerman
3,274
Jack Greening
287
Stanley Stefanski
667
Garry Standing
65
  George Bowerman
Shellbrook
February 21, 1983 By-election: Prince Albert-Duck Lake
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
  Prog. Conservative Sid Dutchak 4,271 55.78% +13.99
  NDP Jerome Hammersmith 3,386 44.22% +2.32
Total 7,657 100.00

West Central SaskatchewanEdit

Electoral District Candidates Incumbent
Progressive Conservative New Democratic Liberal Western Canada Concept
       
Arm River   Gerald Muirhead
5,608
Donald Leonard Faris
2,719
Marjorie Towstego
118
Jim Cross
339
  Gerald Muirhead
Biggar   Harry Baker
4,437
Elwood Lorrie Cowley
3,070
Neil Vander Nagel
141
Roland Chouinard
327
  Elwood Lorrie Cowley
Humboldt   Louis Domotor
4,480
Edwin Tchorzewski
3,946
Ligouri LeBlanc
361
Glen Strueby
168
  Edwin Tchorzewski
Kindersley   Robert Andrew
5,211
Wayne Nargang
1,833
Wayne Mah
166
Chuck McIntyre
454
  Robert Lynal Andrew
Rosetown-Elrose   Herbert Swan
4,802
Jim Mills
2,327
David Herle
166
Dale Skelton
666
  Herbert Junior Swan
Wilkie   James Garner
5,056
Wayne Birn
2,039
Arthur Reil
502
  James W.A. Garner

East Central SaskatchewanEdit

Electoral District Candidates Incumbent
Progressive Conservative New Democratic Liberal Western Canada Concept Aboriginal People's Party
         
Canora   Lloyd Hampton
4,398
Gerard Pikula
3,520
Michael Okrainetz
312
  Al Matsalla**
Kelvington-Wadena   Sherwin Petersen
4,330
Neil Byers
3,755
Ben Ferrie
215
  Neil Byers
Last Mountain-Touchwood   Arnold Tusa
4,588
Gordon MacMurchy
4,059
Charles Schuler 165 Jack McMunn
218
  Gordon MacMurchy
Melville   Grant Schmidt
4,172
Pat Krug
3,486
Jack Hanowski
627
Ray Miller
421
Harry Bird
64
  John Russell Kowalchuk**
Pelly   Mervyn Abrahamson
3,179
Norm Lusney
3,381
Tom Campbell
476
  Norm Lusney
Quill Lakes   Ray Berscheid
3,892
Murray Koskie
3,945
Walter Paulson
448
  Murray J. Koskie
Saltcoats   Walt Johnson
3,921
Ed Kaeding
3,531
James Coueslan
416
  Ed Kaeding
Yorkton   Lorne McLaren
5,487
Randy Nelson
3,727
Joseph Matsalla
252
Ted Yascheshen
194
  Randall Neil Nelson

Southwest SaskatchewanEdit

Electoral District Candidates Incumbent
Progressive Conservative New Democratic Liberal Western Canada Concept
       
Assiniboia-Gravelbourg   Rene Archambault
2,438
Allen Engel
2,875
Ralph Goodale
2,760
Hugh Clarke
459
  Allen Engel
Maple Creek   Joan Duncan
4,228
J.R. Porter
2,158
Bernie Ford
422
Larry English
806
  Joan Duncan
Moose Jaw North   Keith Parker
5,859
Glenn Hagel
3,895
Terrance Ocrane
361
Colin Campbell
256
  John Skoberg**
Moose Jaw South   Arthur "Bud" Smith
4,110
Gordon Snyder
3,908
Bob Halter
328
Jack Ashton
275
  Gordon Taylor Snyder
Morse   Art Martens
3,565
Reg Gross
2,409
Don Meyer
277
Ray L. Bailey
887
  Reginald John Gross
Shaunavon   John Bleackley
2,730
Dwain Lingenfelter
2,897
Gratton Murray
745
Barry W. Dixon
1,139
  Dwain Lingenfelter
Swift Current   Patricia Anne Smith
4,756
Spencer Wooff
2,941
Anna Patricia White
316
Henry Banman
787
  Dennis Ham**
Thunder Creek   Colin Thatcher
4,412
Ron Kurtz
2,036
Gary Sherlock
264
Pat Mullin
442
  Colin Thatcher
March 27, 1985 By-election: Thunder Creek
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
  Prog. Conservative Richard Swenson 2,670 42.49% -19.18
  NDP Betty Payne 1,730 27.53% -0.93
  Liberal William Johnstone 1,703 27.10% +23.41
  WCC Henry Banman 181 2.88% -3.30
Total 6,284 100.00

Southeast SaskatchewanEdit

Electoral District Candidates Incumbent
Progressive Conservative New Democratic Liberal Western Canada Concept
       
Bengough-Milestone   Bob Pickering
4,571
Jim Liggett
2,653
Tim Maloney
420
  Robert Hugh Pickering
Estevan   Grant Devine
5,487
John Chapman
2,947
Heather MacDonald-Doyle
649
Vernon McClement
184
  John Chapman
Indian Head-Wolseley   Doug Taylor
4,251
Pat Connolley
2,073
Con Lalonde
571
John Parley
554
  Douglas Graham Taylor
Moosomin   Larry Birkbeck
4,165
Fred Easton
2,476
Peter Semchuk
250
Don Donaldson
1,311
  Larry Birkbeck
Qu’Appelle-Lumsden   John Gary Lane
5,643
Tom Usherwood
2,372
Cheryl Stadnyk
219
Allan Smith
346
  John Gary Lane
Qu’Appelle
Souris-Cannington   Eric Berntson
4,093
Dean Fraser
1,639
William Owens
437
Dale Nolin
1,082
  Eric Berntson
Weyburn   Lorne Hepworth
5,426
Elaine Driver
3,088
David Wright
422
  James Auburn Pepper**

SaskatoonEdit

Electoral District Candidates Incumbent
Progressive Conservative New Democratic Liberal Western Canada Concept Aboriginal People's Party Other
           
Saskatoon Centre   Jack Sandberg
3,553
Paul Mostoway
2,987
Delores Burkhart
470
  Paul Peter Mostoway
Saskatoon Eastview   Kimberly Young
6,981
Bernie Poniatowski
3,736
David Jackson
688
  Bernard John Poniatowski
Saskatoon Fairview   Duane Weiman
6,185
Bob Mitchell
3,432
David Schwartz
181
Brian Bellamy
200
John Dorion
48
New District
Saskatoon Mayfair   Cal Glauser
7,386
Dave Whalley
3,777
Maureen Darling
441
Don Kavanaugh
186
  Beverley Dyck**
Saskatoon Nutana   Evelyn Bacon
3,685
Pat Atkinson
3,580
David Tunney
492
  Wes Robbins**
Saskatoon Riversdale   Jo-Ann Zazelenchuk
3,576
Roy Romanow
3,557
Harold Flett
228
Joe Gallagher
143
Alexander Barker (Ind.) 57   Roy Romanow
Saskatoon South   Bob Myers
4,611
Herman Rolfes
3,221
Don McCullough
422
Reid Schmidt
90
Carol Stadnyk (Ind.) 118   Herman Harold Rolfes
Saskatoon Buena Vista
Saskatoon Sutherland   Paul Schoenhals
5,328
Mark Koenker
3,026
Ron Hannah
374
Gordon Barnes
116
Cecil King
43
  Peter Prebble
Saskatoon University   Rick Folk
3,490
Peter Prebble
3,041
David B. Miller
718
Earl A. Cowley
104
Alphard Fafard
(Not affiliated) 28
New District
Saskatoon Westmount   Gay Caswell
3,716
John Edward Brockelbank
3,583
Peter Groves
288
Freda Moosehunter
136
  John Edward Brockelbank

ReginaEdit

Electoral District Candidates Incumbent
Progressive Conservative New Democratic Liberal Western Canada Concept Other
         
Regina Centre   Jim Petrychyn
2,570
Ned Shillington
3,821
Cam McCannell
691
Tyler Benson
165
Gordon Massie
(Not affiliated) 66
  Edward Shillington
Regina Elphinstone   Ross Reibling
3,066
Allan Blakeney
4,139
Glenn Caleval
255
  Allan Blakeney
Regina Lakeview   Tim Embury
4,688
Doug McArthur
3,808
Delores Honour
520
  Douglas Francis McArthur
Regina North   Jack Klein
5,845
Stan Oxelgren
3,715
Daryl Boychuk
239
New District
Regina North East   Russ Sutor
5,303
Walt Smishek
3,559
Robert Dall’Olio
178
Ron J. Blashill
201
  Walter Smishek
Regina North West   Bill Sveinson
6,797
John Solomon
4,509
Adrian McBride
245
Les R. Kavanaugh
222
  John Solomon
Regina Rosemont   Gordon Dirks
5,271
Bill Allen
3,673
Ken M. Grotsky
210
Stewart Coward
206
  Bill Allen
Regina South   Paul Rousseau
6,088
Margaret Fern
2,869
Lori Stinson
286
  Paul Emile Rousseau
Regina Victoria   Metro Rybchuk
4,108
Henry Baker
3,512
Steve Bata
335
Barbara Duff
184
Jim Harding (Ind.) 117   Henry Harold Peter Baker
Regina Wascana   Gord Currie
5,976
Clint White
3,434
Marlene Lamontagne
483
  Clinton Oliver White
November 25, 1985 By-election: Regina North East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
  NDP Edwin Tchorzewski 5,377 70.97% +32.46
  Prog. Conservative Wilma Staff 1,768 23.34% -34.05
  Liberal Harvey Schick 431 5.69% +3.76
Total 7,576 100.00

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Voter turnout figures for 28th Saskatchewan election released". Elections Saskatchewan.

Further readingEdit