- Alberta general election, 1986
The Alberta general election of 1986 was the twenty-first general election for the Province of
Alberta, Canada. It was held on May 8 1986to elect members of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. Peter Lougheed, who had created the modern Alberta Progressive Conservatives, led it to power in 1971, and served as premier of Alberta for fourteen years, retired from politics in 1985. The PC Party elected Don Gettyas its new leader.
Getty was not able to gain the confidence of Albertans as Lougheed had, and the party's popular vote fell by ten percentage points. The PCs were still, however, able to win a fifth term in government, with over half the votes in the province, and 61 of the 83 seats in the legislature.
The New Democratic Party, now led by Ray Martin, was able to make itself the focus of opposition to the PC government, winning almost 30% of the vote, and sixteen seats in the legislature (up from two in the 1982 election.)
The Liberal Party of
Nicholas Taylorreturned to the legislature for the first time since 1969 with four seats. Two seats were won by former Social Credit members who had formed the Representative Party of Albertaafter winning re-election in 1982 as independents. Western Canada Concept, a western separatist party that had won almost 12% of the vote in 1982, collapsed under the leadership of Jack Ramsay, who later served as a Reform Party of CanadaMember of Parliament.
Social Credit Party of Albertanominated no candidates. The party had governed Alberta for 36 years before getting bounced out of power by the Tories in 1971.
*Party did not nominate candidates in the previous election.
For complete electoral history, see individual districtsNote:
1Nancy Betkowski later changed her last name to Nancy MacBeth.
*List of Alberta political parties
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