Newfoundland general election, 1996

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Newfoundland general election, 1996

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48 seats of the Newfoundland House of Assembly
25 seats were needed for a majority

  First party Second party Third party
Jack Harris.jpg
Leader Brian Tobin Lynn Verge Jack Harris
Party Liberal Progressive Conservative New Democratic
Leader's seat Bay of Islands Humber East (lost re-election) Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi
Last election 35 16 1
Seats won 37 9 1
Seat change Increase2 Decrease7 ±0
Popular vote 157,229 110,312 12,706
Percentage 55.10% 38.66% 4.45%
Swing Increase6.0pp Decrease3.44pp Decrease2.95pp

Newfoundland and Labrador 1996 election - Results by Riding.svg
Popular vote by riding. As this is an FPTP election, seat totals are not determined by popular vote, but instead via results by each riding. Click the map for more details.

Premier before election

Brian Tobin


Brian Tobin

The 44th Newfoundland general election was held on February 22, 1996 to elect members of the 43rd General Assembly of Newfoundland, the 15th general election for the province of Newfoundland, Canada. It was won by the Liberal Party under new leader Brian Tobin. PC Leader Lynn Verge was not re-elected in her riding of Humber East.


  Party Leader 1993 Seats won % change Popular vote (%)
Liberal Brian Tobin 35 37 +5.7% 157,229 55.10%
  Progressive Conservative Lynn Verge 16 9 -44% 110,312 38.66%
     New Democratic Jack Harris 1 1 0% 12,706 4.45%
     Other 0 1 0% 5,111 1.79%
Total 52 48 - 285,385 100%

Party standings after the general election[edit]

Affiliation Members
Liberal 37
Progressive Conservative 9
     New Democratic Party 1
     Independents 1
 Government Majority

Elected members by riding[edit]

Elected Party District
Paul Shelley Progressive Conservative Baie Verte
Brian Tobin Liberal Bay of Islands
Percy Barrett Liberal Bellevue
Beaton Tulk Liberal Bonavista North
Roger Fitzgerald Progressive Conservative Bonavista South
Bill Ramsay Liberal Burgeo & La Poile
Mary Hodder Liberal Burin - Placentia West
Jack Byrne Progressive Conservative Cape St. Francis
Art Reid Liberal Carbonear - Harbour Grace
Yvonne Jones Independent (Later joined the Liberals) Cartwright - L'Anse Au Clair
Jim Walsh Liberal Conception Bay East & Bell Island
Bob French Progressive Conservative Conception Bay South
Roger Grimes Liberal Exploits
Loyola Sullivan Progressive Conservative Ferryland
Oliver Langdon Liberal Fortune Bay - Cape La Hune
Sandra Kelly Liberal Gander
Judy Foote Liberal Grand Bank
Anna Thistle Liberal Grand Falls - Buchans
Don Whelan Liberal Harbour Main - Whitbourne
Bob Mercer Liberal Humber East
Rick Woodford Liberal Humber Valley
Paul Dicks Liberal Humber West
Ed Byrne Progressive Conservative Kilbride
Perry Canning Liberal Labrador West
Ernie McLean Liberal Lake Melville
Melvin Penney Liberal Lewisporte
Julie Bettney Liberal Mount Pearl
Anthony Sparrow Liberal Placentia & St. Mary's
Gerald Smith Liberal Port au Port
John Efford Liberal Port De Grave
Chuck Furey Liberal St. Barbe
Kevin Aylward Liberal St. George's - Stephenville East
Joan Aylward Liberal St. John's Centre
John Ottenheimer Progressive Conservative St. John's East
Lloyd Matthews Liberal St. John's North
Tom Osborne Progressive Conservative St. John's South
Sheila Osborne Progressive Conservative St. John's West
Jack Harris New Democrat Signal Hill - Quidi Vidi
Tom Lush Liberal Terra Nova
Chris Decker Liberal The Straits & White Bay North
Ralph Wiseman Liberal Topsail
Wally Andersen Liberal Torngat Mountains
Lloyd Snow Liberal Trinity - Bay De Verde
Doug Oldford Liberal Trinity North
Gerry Reid Liberal Twillingate & Fogo
Walter Noel Liberal Virginia Waters
Harvey Hodder Progressive Conservative Waterford Valley
Graham Flight Liberal Windsor - Springdale

See also[edit]