Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Governments elected in Canada with less than 40% of the vote

Now that the Quebec election is over and Pauline Marois has won a minority government with a small percentage of the vote, here is an updated list of governments elected with less than 40%

Left out of this list are the results in Manitoba from 1920-1949, BC in 1952 and 1953 and Alberta from 1921-1930 because first past the post was not used in those elections.   1919 Ontario is also left out because the winning United Farmers where nowhere close to running a full slate.  Also not on the list are a number of minority governments where the governing party achieved more than 40% of the vote such as the Federal Liberals in 1963 and 1965

Colours indicate the party that won the election, bold indicates a majority government
  1. 31.34% - 1924 BC - Liberals win a minority with 23 of 48 seats - Conservatives won 29.45% and 17 seats and the Provincial Party (BC's UF or Progressives) won 24.16% and 3 seats 
  2. 31.94% - 2012 Quebec - Parti Quebecois wins a minority
  3. 32.94% - 1941 BC - Liberals win a minority and form a coalition with the Conservatives
  4. 33.08% - 2007 Quebec - Liberals win a very small minority with 48 of 125 seats
  5. 35.34% - 1998 Nova Scotia - Liberals win a minority
  6. 35.7% - 1943 Ontario - PCs win a minority
  7. 35.89% - 1979 Federal - PCs win a minority
  8. 35.9% - 1992 Yukon - Yukon Party wins a minority
  9. 36.1% - 1975 Ontario - PCs win a minority
  10. 36.27% - 2006 Federal - Conservatives win a minority
  11. 36.32% - 2003 Nova Scotia - PCs win a minority
  12. 36.73% - 2004 Federal - Liberals win a minority
  13. 37.0% - 1985 Ontario - PCs win the most seats but the Liberals with 37.9% soon form a government with the cooperation of the NDP
  14. 37.1% - 1978 Yukon - PCs win a majority - it is Yukon and has a tiny electorate and tiny house, I really have trouble taking seriously
  15. 37.22% - 1962 Federal - PCs win a minority
  16. 37.34% - 1937 BC - Liberals win a majority - Conservatives managed 28.60% and the CCF 28.57%
  17. 37.57% - 1990 Ontario - NDP wins a majority
  18. 37.62% - 2011 Ontario - Liberals win a minority
  19. 37.65% - 2008 Federal - Conservatives win a minority
  20. 37.89% - 1920 BC - Liberals win a majority
  21. 38.02% - 1944 Quebec - Union Nationale under Duplessis wins a majority but lost the popular vote to the Liberals who scored 39.35%
  22. 38.27% - 1969 Manitoba - NDP wins a minority but govern with support of a Liberal MLA
  23. 38.37% - 1988 Manitoba - PCs win a minority
  24. 38.42% - 1972 Federal - Liberals win a minority
  25. 38.46% - 1997 Federal - Liberals win a majority
  26. 38.51% - 1957 Federal - PCs win a minority
  27. 38.73% - 1999 Saskatchewan - NDP wins exactly half the seats
  28. 39.20% - 1999 Nova Scotia - PCs win a majority
  29. 39.45% - 1996 BC - NDP win a majority but loses popular vote to the Liberals
  30. 39.57% - 2006 Nova Scotia - PCs win a minority
  31. 39.59% - 1972 BC - NDP wins a majority
  32. 39.62% - 2011 Federal - Conservatives win a majority
  33. 39.7% - 1977 Ontario - PCs win a minority
  34. 39.88% - 1996 Yukon - NDP wins a majority
  35. 39.96% - 1966 Manitoba - PCs win a majority
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