1977 Manitoba general election

Summary

The 1977 Manitoba general election was held on October 11, 1977 to elect Members of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Manitoba, Canada. It was won by the Progressive Conservative Party, which took 33 seats out of 57. The governing New Democratic Party fell to 23 seats, while the Liberal Party won only one seat.

1977 Manitoba general election

← 1973 October 11, 1977 1981 →

57 seats of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba
29 seats were needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
  PC Edward Schreyer (crop).jpg LIB
Leader Sterling Lyon Edward Schreyer Charles Huband
Party Progressive Conservative New Democratic Liberal
Leader since December 6, 1975 June 7, 1969 February 22, 1975
Leader's seat Charleswood Rossmere Ran in Crescentwood (lost)
Last election 21 31 5
Seats won 33 23 1
Seat change Increase12 Decrease8 Decrease4
Popular vote 237,496 188,124 59,865
Percentage 48.75% 38.62% 12.29%
Swing Increase12.02pp Decrease3.69pp Decrease6.75pp

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Map of Election Results

Premier before election

Edward Schreyer
New Democratic

Premier after election

Sterling Lyon
Progressive Conservative

ResultsEdit

Party Party Leader # of
candidates
Seats Popular Vote
1973 Elected % Change # % Change
  Progressive Conservative Sterling Lyon 57 21 33 +57.1% 237,496 48.75% +12.02
  New Democratic Edward Schreyer 57 31 23 -25.8% 188,124 38.62% -3.69
  Liberal Charles Huband 53 5 1 -80.0% 59,865 12.29% -6.75
Social Credit Jacob Froese 5 - - - 1,323 0.27% -0.10
Communist William Cecil Ross 4 - - - 299 0.06% +0.01
  Revolutionary Workers 1 * * 47 0.01% *
  Independent - 1 - -100% - - -1.49
Total 177 57 57 - 487,154 100%  

Note:

* Party did not nominate candidates in previous election.

Popular vote
PC
48.75%
New Democratic
38.62%
Liberal
12.29%
Others
0.34%
Seats summary
PC
57.89%
New Democratic
40.35%
Liberal
1.75%

Riding resultsEdit

Party key:

Arthur:

  • James Downey (PC) 2280
  • Earl Sterling (NDP) 1172
  • Murray Lee (L) 901

Assiniboia:

Birtle-Russell:

  • (x)Harry Graham (PC) 3058
  • Peter Merry (NDP) 2608
  • Doug MacIsaac (L) 1169

Brandon East:

  • (x)Leonard Evans (NDP) 4217
  • James Thornborough (PC) 3195
  • James Manishen (L) 558

Brandon West:

Burrows:

  • (x)Ben Hanuschak (NDP) 4103
  • Ken Alyluia (PC) 1688
  • Anne Percheson (L) 490

Charleswood:

Churchill:

  • Jay Cowan (NDP) 2280
  • Mark Ingebrigtson (PC) 1992
  • Andrew Kirkness (L) 1140

Crescentwood:

Dauphin:

Elmwood:

  • (x)Russell Doern (NDP) 4136
  • Ken Gunn-Walberg (PC) 3282
  • Ken Vincent (L) 675

Emerson:

Flin Flon:

  • (x)Thomas Barrow (NDP) 2917
  • Nyall Hyndman (PC) 2522
  • Walter Shmon (L) 309

Fort Garry:

  • (x)Bud Sherman (PC) 10052
  • Ruth Pear (NDP) 4157
  • Beth Candlish (L) 2423

Fort Rouge:

  • (x)Lloyd Axworthy (L) 4153
  • Julian Hugh McDonald (PC) 3486
  • Ermano Barone (NDP) 2863

Gimli:

Gladstone:

  • (x)James Ferguson (PC) 4635
  • William Werbiski (NDP) 2151
  • Sid Lachter (L) 662

Inkster:

  • (x)Sidney Green (NDP) 5175
  • Barrie Jones (PC) 2711
  • Barry Krawchuk (L) 934

Kildonan:

Lac Du Bonnet:

  • (x)Samuel Uskiw (NDP) 5037
  • John Vaags (PC) 3795
  • Robert Dyne (L) 515

Lakeside:

  • (x)Harry Enns (PC) 3987
  • Phillip Schwarz (NDP) 1494
  • Douglas Clifford (L) 1034

La Verendrye:

Logan:

Minnedosa:

  • (x)Dave Blake (PC) 3912
  • John Martens (NDP) 2311
  • Albert Moad (L) 474
  • C.V. Hutton (SC) 272

Morris:

  • (x)Warner Jorgenson (PC) 4484
  • Alphonse Lenz (NDP) 1152
  • Donald Macgillivray (L) 516

Osborne:

Pembina:

1977 Manitoba general election: Point Douglas
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
New Democratic Donald Malinowski 3,116 63.32
Progressive Conservative Margaret Didenko 915 18.59
Liberal Don Marks 769 15.63
Communist Harold Dyck 62 1.26
Social Credit Peter Stevens 59 1.20
Total valid votes 4,921 100.00
Rejected votes 85
Turnout 5,006 61.10
Electors on the lists 8,193

Portage la Prairie:

  • Lloyd Hyde (PC) 3552
  • Peter Swidnicki (NDP) 2067
  • Hugh Moran (L) 1893

Radisson:

Rhineland:

Riel:

River Heights:

Roblin:

  • (x)Wally McKenzie (PC) 3291
  • Kenneth Mikolayenko (NDP) 2351
  • Joe Andronyk (L) 410

Rock Lake:

  • (x)Henry Einarson (PC) 4243
  • Ronald Devos (L) 1167
  • Eric Irwin (NDP) 1029

Rossmere:

Rupertsland:

  • (x)Harvey Bostrom (NDP) 2141
  • George Weiss (PC) 1625
  • Norman Gunn (L) 741

St. Boniface:

St. George:

  • (x)Bill Uruski (NDP) 3103
  • Albert Rohl (PC) 2568
  • Duncan Geisler (L) 369

St. James:

  • (x)George Minaker (PC) 5199
  • Curtis Nordman (NDP) 2853
  • John Wilson (L) 749

St. Johns:

  • (x)Saul Cherniack (NDP) 3845
  • John Borger (PC) 1892
  • Myroslaw Tracz (L) 733
  • Don Plowman (Comm) 81

St. Matthews:

1977 Manitoba general election: St. Vital
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
New Democratic Jim Walding 3,924 41.62 +2.37
Progressive Conservative Gil Shaw 3,390 35.95 +13.38
Liberal Eddie Coutu 2,115 22.43 −15.75
Total valid votes 9,429 100.00
Rejected votes 18
Turnout 9,447 84.70 −1.14
Electors on the lists 11,154
New Democratic hold Swing -5.50

Ste. Rose:

  • (x)A.R. Pete Adam (NDP) 2611
  • Arthur Erickson (PC) 1830
  • John Fleming (L) 1219

Selkirk:

  • (x)Howard Pawley (NDP) 5519
  • Tom Denton (PC) 4452
  • Edward Motkaluk (L) 573

Seven Oaks:

  • (x)Saul Miller (NDP) 7597
  • Carl Zawatsky (PC) 6777
  • Sue Juravsky (L) 798
  • Charles Watson (Comm) 70

Souris-Killarney:

  • Brian Ransom (PC) 4519
  • Howard Nixon (NDP) 1500
  • Jean Strath (L) 1207

Springfield:

Sturgeon Creek:

  • (x)Frank Johnston (PC) 7407
  • Don Simpson (NDP) 2655
  • Peter Moss (L) 1736

Swan River:

The Pas:

  • (x)Ron McBryde (NDP) 3471
  • Percy Pielak (PC) 1965
  • Edwin Jebb (L) 714

Thompson:

Transcona:

Virden:

Wellington:

Winnipeg Centre:

1977 Manitoba general election: Wolseley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Robert Wilson 2,763 41.01 +18.63
New Democratic Murdoch MacKay 2,689 39.90 +1.12
Liberal Norma McCormick 1,286 19.09 -19.74
Turnout 6,873 74.98
Progressive Conservative gain from Liberal Swing +19.18
Source: Elections Manitoba[1]

Post-election changesEdit

Rossmere (Edward Schreyer appointed Governor-General of Canada, December 7, 1978), October 16, 1979:

  • Victor Schroeder (NDP) 6191
  • Harold Piercy (PC) 5961
  • E.J. Sandy Clancy (L) 523
  • Linda J. Penner (WDP) 39
  • Manuel Gitterman (M-L) 21

River Heights (res. Sidney Spivak, April 12, 1979), October 16, 1979:

  • Gary Filmon (PC) 3473
  • Jay Prober (L) 2477
  • Don Jewison (NDP) 697
  • William Hawryluk (WDP) 19

Fort Rouge (res. Lloyd Axworthy, April 6, 1979), October 16, 1979:

  • June Westbury (L) 2659
  • Vic Savino (NDP) 2291
  • Julian Hugh McDonald (PC) 1830

Sidney Green (NDP) changed his party affiliation to Independent NDP on December 4, 1979.

Robert Wilson was expelled from the Progressive Conservative caucus on November 20, 1980, and from the Progressive Conservative party on November 28, 1980. On June 17, 1981, he was expelled from the legislature, having been sentenced to seven years in prison.

Ben Hanuschak (NDP) became an Independent MLA on February 26, 1981. On February 27, 1981, Bud Boyce left the NDP caucus.

On March 3, 1981, Green, Hanuschak and Boyce announced their membership in the new Progressive Party of Manitoba.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Historical Summary" (PDF). Retrieved 2018-12-14.

Further readingEdit

  • Saywell, John, ed. (1980). Canadian annual review of politics and public affairs. 1977. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. ISBN 978-1-4426-7192-8.
Preceded by
1973 Manitoba election
List of Manitoba elections Succeeded by
1981 Manitoba election