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Number of seats won by major parties at each election
Conservative Liberal NDP Other / Independent

This article provides a summary of results for the general elections to the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador's unicameral legislative body, the Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly. The number of seats has varied over time, from a low of twenty-seven for the first election in 1949, to a high of fifty-two during the 1980s and early 1990s. There are currently 40 seats in the house.

The chart on the right shows the information graphically, with the most recent elections on the right. It shows that politics in Newfoundland and Labrador have been dominated by two parties: the Liberal party (red) and the Conservative party (blue). The Liberal party have won ten out of the seventeen elections held.

This article only covers elections since the province became part of the Canadian Confederation in 1949. It was then named Newfoundland, and its official name changed to Newfoundland and Labrador in 2001. Prior to becoming part of Canada, Newfoundland was a British dominion, and the Newfoundland House of Assembly (as it was known before 2001) was first formed in 1832. For elections prior to 1949, see General elections in Newfoundland (pre-Confederation).

Summary

The table below shows the total number of seats won by the major political parties at each election. It also shows the percentage of the vote obtained by the major political parties at each election, if greater than 0.1%. The winning party's totals are shown in bold. To date, there has only been one election (in 1989) where the party that formed the government did not have the largest share of the vote. Full details on any election are linked via the number of the election at the start of the row.

Election Total
seats
Liberal Conservative[A] NDP[B] Other
Vote (%) Seats Vote (%) Seats Vote (%) Seats Vote (%) Seats Seat-winning party
30th May 27, 1949 28 65.5 22 32.9 5 1.6 1 Independent
31st November 26, 1951 28 63.6 24 35.6 4 0.8
32nd October 2, 1956 36 66.3 32 32.0 4 1.7
33rd August 20, 1959 36 58.0 31 25.3 3 7.2 9.5[C] 2 United Newfoundland
34th November 19, 1962 42 58.7 34 36.6 7 3.6 1.1 1 Independent
35th September 8, 1966 42 61.8 39 34.0 3 1.8 2.4
36th October 28, 1971 42 44.4 20 51.3 21 1.8 2.5[D] 1 Labrador Party
37th March 24, 1972 42 37.2 9 60.5 33 [E] 2.7[F]
38th September 16, 1975 51 37.1 16 45.5 30 4.0 13.4[G] 5 Reform Liberal
39th June 18, 1979 52 40.6 19 50.4 33 7.8 1.2
40th April 6, 1982 52 34.9 8 61.2 44 3.7 0.2
41st April 2, 1985 52 36.7 15 48.6 36 14.4 1 0.3
42nd April 20, 1989 52 47.2 31 47.6 21 4.4 0.8
43rd May 3, 1993 52 49.1 35 42.1 16 7.4 1 1.4
44th February 22, 1996 48 55.1 37 38.7 9 4.5 1 1.7 1 Independent
45th February 9, 1999 48 49.5 32 40.6 14 8.2 2 1.4[H]
46th October 21, 2003 48 33.2 12 58.7 34 6.9 2 1.2
47th October 9, 2007 48 22.0 3 69.6 44 8.2 1 0.2
48th October 11, 2011 48 19.1 6 56.1 37 24.6 5 0.2
49th November 30, 2015 40 57.2 31 30.1 7 12.1 2 0.7
50th May 17, 2019 40 43.9 20 42.6 15 6.3 3 4.6 2 Independent
51st March 25, 2021 40 48.2 22 38.8 13 8.0 2 4.6 3 Independent

Notes

A Includes results for Progressive Conservatives.
B Includes results for Co-operative Commonwealth Federation prior to 1963.
C Includes 8.2% for the United Newfoundland Party.
D Includes 2.4% for the Labrador Party.
E Captured less than 1% of the vote. Its vote total is included in the "other" vote share.
F Includes 1.2% for the Labrador Party.
G Includes 11.9% for the Reform Liberal Party.
H Includes 1.0% for the Newfoundland and Labrador Party

See also

References

  • "General Election Statistics (1949-1999)". Elections Newfoundland and Labrador. Archived from the original on 2008-09-26. Retrieved 2008-11-07.
  • "Official Count" (PDF). Elections Newfoundland and Labrador. Retrieved 2006-12-08. [dead link] (2003)
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