British Columbia general election, 1966

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British Columbia general election, 1966
British Columbia
1963 ←
September 12, 1966
→ 1969

55 seats of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia
28 seats were needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
 
Leader W. A. C. Bennett Robert Strachan Ray Perrault
Party Social Credit New Democratic Liberal
Leader since 1952 1956 1959
Leader's seat South Okanagan Cowichan-Malahat North Vancouver-Capilano
Last election 33 14 5
Seats won 33 16 6
Seat change 0 +2 +1
Popular vote 342,751 252,753 152,155
Percentage 45.59 33.62 20.24
Swing +4.76 +5.82 +0.26

Premier before election

W. A. C. Bennett
Social Credit

Premier after election

W. A. C. Bennett
Social Credit

The British Columbia general election of 1966 was the 28th 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 5, 1966 and held on September 12, 1966. The new legislature met for the first time on January 24, 1967.

The conservative Social Credit Party was re-elected with a majority in the legislature to a sixth term in government. It increased its share of the popular vote by close to five percentage points to over 45%, and winning the same number of seats (33) as in the previous election.

The opposition New Democratic Party also increased its share of the popular vote by over five percentage points, but won only two additional seats.

The Liberal Party won about 20% of the popular vote, and one additional seat, for a total of six.

The Progressive Conservative Party was virtually wiped out: it nominated only three candidates (down from 44 in the previous election), and its share of the popular vote fell from over 11% to a negligible amount.

Results[edit]

Party Party leader # of
candidates
Seats Popular vote
1963 Elected % Change # % % Change
Social Credit W.A.C. Bennett 55 33 33 - 342,751 45.59% +4.76%
     New Democrats Bob Strachan 55 14 16 +14.3% 252,753 33.62% +5.82%
Liberal Ray Perrault 53 5 6 +20.0% 152,155 20.24% +0.26%
     Independent 6 - - - 1,711 0.23% +0.21%
     Progressive Conservative 3 - - - 1,409 0.18% -11.09%
     Communist   6 - - - 1,097 0.14% +0.05%
Total 178 52 55 +5.8% 751,876 100%  
Source: Elections BC

Note:

* Party did not nominate candidates in the previous election.

Results by riding[edit]

Note: Winners of each election are in bold.

Results of British Columbia general election, 1966
Government Opposition
Member Riding
& party
Riding
& party
Member
     Howard Richmond McDiarmid Alberni
Social Credit
          Atlin
New Democrat
Frank Arthur Calder     
     Frank Richter, Jr. Boundary-Similkameen
Social Credit
          Burnaby-Edmonds
New Democrat
Gordon Dowding     
     William Collins Speare Cariboo
Social Credit
          Burnaby North
New Democrat
Eileen Dailly     
     William Kenneth Kiernan Chilliwack
Social Credit
          Burnaby-Willingdon
New Democrat
Fred Vulliamy     
     James Roland Chabot Columbia
Social Credit
          Coquitlam
New Democrat
Dave Barrett     
     Daniel Robert John Campbell Comox
Social Credit
          Cowichan-Malahat
New Democrat
Robert Martin Strachan2     
     Robert Lloyd Wenman Delta
Social Credit
          Kootenay
New Democrat
Leo Thomas Nimsick     
     George Mussallem Dewdney
Social Credit
          Nanaimo
New Democrat
David Stupich     
     Herbert Joseph Bruch Esquimalt
Social Credit
          New Westminster
New Democrat
Rae Eddie     
     Ray Gillis Williston Fort George
Social Credit
          Revelstoke-Slocan
New Democrat
Randolph Harding     
     Philip Arthur Gaglardi
Kamloops
Social Credit
          Surrey
New Democrat
Ernest Hall     
     Hunter Bertram Vogel Langley
Social Credit
          Vancouver-Burrard
New Democrat
Thomas Rodney Berger     
     Isabel Dawson Mackenzie
Social Credit
          Raymond Parkinson     
     Wesley Drewett Black Nelson-Creston
Social Credit
          Vancouver East
New Democrat
Alexander Barrett MacDonald     
     Patricia Jordan North Okanagan
Social Credit
          Arthur James Turner     
     Dean Edward Smith North Peace River
Social Credit
          Yale-Lillooet
New Democrat
William Leonard Hartley     
     Cyril Morley Shelford Omineca
Social Credit
          North Vancouver-Capilano
Liberal
Raymond Joseph Perrault     
     William Harvey Murray Prince Rupert
Social Credit
          North Vancouver-Seymour
Liberal
Barrie Aird Clark     
     Ernest A. LeCours Richmond
Social Credit
          Oak Bay
Liberal
Alan Brock MacFarlane     
     Donald Leslie Brothers Rossland-Trail
Social Credit
          Vancouver-Point Grey
Liberal
Garde Basil Gardom     
     John Douglas Tidball Tisdalle Saanich and the Islands
Social Credit
          Patrick Lucey McGeer     
     Willis Franklin Jefcoat Shuswap
Social Credit
          West Vancouver-Howe Sound
Liberal
Louis Allan Williams     
     Dudley George Little Skeena
Social Credit
    
     William Andrew Cecil Bennett1 South Okanagan
Social Credit
    
     Donald McGray Phillips
South Peace River
Social Credit
    
     Eric Charles Fitzgerald Martin
Vancouver-Burrard
Social Credit
    
     Bert Price
    
     Harold Peter (Herb) Capozzi Vancouver Centre
Social Credit
    
     Evan Maurice Wolfe     
     Grace Mary McCarthy Vancouver-Little Mountain
Social Credit
    
     Leslie Raymond Peterson     
     Thomas Audley Bate Vancouver South
Social Credit
    
     Ralph Raymond Loffmark     
     William Neelands Chant Victoria
Social Credit
    
     Waldo McTavish Skillings     
1 Premier-Elect 2 Leader of the Opposition
Source: Elections BC

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