1989 Beaver River federal by-election

A by-election was held in the Alberta federal riding of Beaver River on March 13, 1989. The election was triggered by the death of incumbent John Dahmer, who died five days after winning the seat in the 1988 federal election.[1]

1989 Beaver River federal by-election

 1988 May 6, 1989 (1989-05-06) 1993 

Riding of Beaver River
  First party Second party
Candidate Deborah Grey Dave Broda
Party Reform Progressive Conservative
Popular vote 11,154 6,912
Percentage 48.70% 30.18%
Swing 36.50pp 10.22pp

  Third party Fourth party
Candidate Ernie O. Brosseau Barbara Bonneau
Party Liberal New Democratic
Popular vote 2,756 2,081
Percentage 12.03% 9.09%
Swing 7.13pp 9.96pp

MP before election


Elected MP

Deborah Grey

Reform candidate Deborah Grey won the by-election, becoming the party's first elected MP.[2]


Canadian federal by-election, March 13, 1989: Beaver River
upon death of John Dahmer
Party Candidate Votes%±%
ReformDeborah Grey11,15448.70%+36.50%
Progressive ConservativeDave Broda6,91230.18%-10.22%
LiberalErnie O. Brosseau2,75612.03%-7.13%
New DemocraticBarbara Bonneau2,0819.09%-9.96%
Total valid votes 22,903100.00%
Reform gain from Progressive Conservative Swing +23.36%

See also


  1. "Profile". lop.parl.ca. Retrieved 2020-07-11.
  2. "Profile - 1989-03-13". lop.parl.ca. Retrieved 2020-07-11.