1988 Nova Scotia general election

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1988 Nova Scotia general election

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52 seats of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly
27 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
 
PC
Lib
Alexa McDonough cropped.jpg
Leader John Buchanan Vince MacLean Alexa McDonough
Party Progressive Conservative Liberal New Democratic
Leader since March 6, 1971 February 22, 1986 November 16, 1980
Leader's seat Halifax Atlantic Cape Breton South Halifax Chebucto
Last election 42 6 3
Seats won 28 21 2
Seat change Decrease14 Increase15 Decrease1
Popular vote 204,150 186,007 74,038
Percentage 43.4% 39.6% 15.8%
Swing Decrease7.2% Increase8.3% Steady0.0

Premier before election

John Buchanan
Progressive Conservative

Premier after election

John Buchanan
Progressive Conservative

The 1988 Nova Scotia general election was held on September 6, 1988 to elect members of the 55th House of Assembly of the Province of Nova Scotia, Canada. It was won by the Progressive Conservative party.

John Dunsworth, who would later gain fame for playing alcoholic trailer park supervisor Jim Lahey on the TV series Trailer Park Boys, stood as the NDP candidate in Halifax Bedford Basin. He finished in third place with a little over 19% of the vote. His underdog campaign was later the subject of a short documentary.[1]

Results[change | change source]

Results by party[change | change source]

  Party Leader 1984 Seats won % change Popular vote (%)
  Progressive Conservative John Buchanan 42 28 -33.3% 204,150 43.4%
  Liberal Vince MacLean 6 21 +250% 186,007 39.6%
  New Democratic Alexa McDonough 3 2 -33.3% 74,038 15.8%
     Other 1 1 5,638 1.2%
Total Seats 52 52 469,833 100%

* Vote share included in "other"

Popular vote
PC
43.45%
Liberal
39.59%
New Democratic
15.76%
Others
1.20%
Seats summary
PC
53.85%
Liberal
40.38%
New Democratic
3.85%
Others
1.92%

References[change | change source]

  • Government of Nova Scotia. "Summary Results from 1867 to 2011" (PDF). Elections Statistics. Elections Nova Scotia. Retrieved 2013-08-31. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  • Government of Nova Scotia. "Election Returns 1988" (PDF). Elections Statistics. Elections Nova Scotia. Retrieved 2013-08-31. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)