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Alberta general election, 1982
The Progressive Conservative Party of Peter Lougheed won its fourth consecutive term in government, and returned to the 62% popular vote level it had attained in the 1975 election. The PC party won 75 of the 79 seats in the legislature.
The Social Credit Party collapsed: its share of the popular vote fell from almost 20% to less than one percent after its legislative caucus had resigned from the party. Two of its members won re-election as independents, and later formed the Representative Party of Alberta.
The New Democratic Party, led by Grant Notley , became the official opposition when it doubled its legislative caucus from one member to two.
The Western Canada Concept, a party that advocated the separation of the four western provinces of Canada to form a new country, had surprised Canadians when Gordon Kesler won by-election and took his seat in the Alberta legislature. Although Kesler lost his seat in this election, the WCC won almost 12% of the popular vote.
|Party||Party Leader||# of candidates||Seats||Popular Vote|
|New Democratic|| |
|Western Canada Concept|| |
|Social Credit|| ||23||4||-||-100%||7,843||0.83%||-19.04%|
|Alberta Reform Movement|| ||14||n.a.||-||n.a.||6,258||0.66%||n.a.|
|Total|| || |
|Source: Elections Alberta|
"Previous" refers to to standings at previous election, not to standings in the Legislature at dissolution.
n.a. = not applicable - the party was not recognized in the previous election
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