British Columbia general election, 1960

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British Columbia general election, 1960
British Columbia
1956 ←
September 12, 1960 → 1963

52 seats of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia
27 seats were needed for a majority
  First party Second party
 
Leader W. A. C. Bennett Robert Strachan
Party Social Credit New Democratic
Leader since 1952 1956
Leader's seat South Okanagan Cowichan-Newcastle
Last election 39 10
Seats won 32 16
Seat change -7 +6
Popular vote 386,886 326,094
Percentage 38.83 32.73
Swing -7.01 +4.41

  Third party Fourth party
 
Leader Ray Perrault Deane Finlayson
Party Liberal Conservative
Leader since 1959 1952
Leader's seat North Vancouver Ran in North Vancouver (lost)
Last election 2 0
Seats won 4 0
Seat change +2 0
Popular vote 208,249 66,943
Percentage 20.90 6.72
Swing -0.87 +3.61

Premier before election

W. A. C. Bennett
Social Credit

Premier after election

W. A. C. Bennett
Social Credit

The British Columbia general election of 1960 was the 26th general election in the Province of British Columbia, Canada. It was held to elect members of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. The election was called on August 3, 1960, and held on September 12, 1960. The new legislature met for the first time on January 26, 1961.

The conservative Social Credit of Premier W.A.C. Bennett was re-elected with a majority in the legislature to a fourth term in government despite losing seven percentage points of the popular vote and seven of its seats in the legislature.

The opposition Co-operative Commonwealth Federation increased both its share of the popular vote and its number of seats.

The British Columbia Liberal Party lost a small part of its popular vote, but managed to double its caucus from two to four members.

The Progressive Conservative Party doubled its share of the popular vote to almost 7%, but won no seats in the legislature.

Results[edit]

Party Party leader # of
candidates
Seats Popular vote
1956 Elected % Change # % % Change
Social Credit W.A.C. Bennett 52 39 32 -17.9% 386,886 38.83% -7.01%
     CCF Bob Strachan 52 10 16 +60.0% 326,094 32.73% +4.41%
Liberal Ray Perrault 50 2 4 +100% 208,249 20.90% -0.87%
     Progressive Conservative Deane Finlayson 52 - - - 66,943 6.72% +3.61%
     Communist   19 - - - 5,675 0.57% +0.16%
     Independent 5 - - - 2,557 0.25% -0.12%
Total 230 52 52 - 996,404 100%  
Sources: Elections BC

Note:

* Party did not nominate candidates in the previous election.

Results by riding[edit]

Results of British Columbia general election, 1960
Government Opposition
Member Riding
& party
Riding
& party
Member
     William Collins Speare
Cariboo
Social Credit
          Alberni
CCF
Stanley John Squire
    
     William Kenneth Kiernan
Chilliwack
Social Credit
          Atlin
CCF
Frank Arthur Calder     
     Richard Orr Newton
Columbia
Social Credit
          Burnaby
CCF
Cedric Cox     
     Daniel Robert John Campbell Comox
Social Credit
          Gordon Dowding     
     Herbert Joseph Bruch Esquimalt
Social Credit
          Cowichan-Newcastle
CCF
Robert Martin Strachan2     
     Ray Gillis Williston Fort George
Social Credit
          Cranbrook
CCF
Leo Thomas Nimsick     
     Philip Arthur Gaglardi
Kamloops
Social Credit
          Delta
CCF
Camille Mather
    
     Donald Frederick Robinson Lillooet
Social Credit
          James Henry Rhodes     
     Earle Cathers Westwood Nanaimo and the Islands
Social Credit
          Dewdney
CCF
Dave Barrett     
     Wesley Drewett Black Nelson-Creston
Social Credit
          Grand Forks-Greenwood
CCF
Lois Haggen     
     Lorne Shantz North Okanagan
Social Credit
          Kaslo-Slocan
CCF
Randolph Harding     
     Jacob Francis Huhn North Peace River
Social Credit
          Mackenzie
CCF
Anthony John Gargrave     
     Cyril Morley Shelford Omineca
Social Credit
          New Westminster
CCF
Rae Eddie     
     William Harvey Murray Prince Rupert
Social Credit
          Revelstoke
CCF
George Hobbs     
     Donald Leslie Brothers Rossland-Trail
Social Credit
          Vancouver East
CCF
Alexander Barrett MacDonald     
     John Douglas Tidball Tisdalle Saanich
Social Credit
          Arthur James Turner     
     Willis Franklin Jefcoat Salmon Arm
Social Credit
          Fernie
Liberal
Henry Cartmell (Harry) McKay     
     Frank Richter, Jr.
Similkameen
Social Credit
          North Vancouver
Liberal
James Gordon Gibson     
     Dudley George Little Skeena
Social Credit
          Raymond Joseph Perrault     
     William Andrew Cecil Bennett1 South Okanagan
Social Credit
          Oak Bay
Liberal
Alan Brock MacFarlane     
     Stanley Carnell
South Peace River
Social Credit
    
     Eric Charles Fitzgerald Martin
Vancouver-Burrard
Social Credit
    
     Herbert Price
    
     Alexander Small Matthew Vancouver Centre
Social Credit
    
     Leslie Raymond Peterson     
     Thomas Audley Bate Vancouver-Point Grey
Social Credit
    
     Robert William Bonner     
     Buda Hosmer Brown     
     William Neelands Chant Victoria City
Social Credit
    
     Waldo McTavish Skillings     
     John Donald Smith     
     Irvine Finlay Corbett
Yale
Social Credit
    
1 Premier-Elect 2 Leader of the Opposition
Source: Elections BC

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