British Columbia general election, 1969

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British Columbia general election, 1969
British Columbia
1966 ←
August 27, 1969 → 1972

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 Thomas R. Berger Pat McGeer
Party Social Credit New Democratic Liberal
Leader since 1952 1969 1968
Leader's seat South Okanagan Vancouver-Burrard (lost re-election) Vancouver-Point Grey
Last election 33 16 6
Seats won 38 12 5
Seat change +5 -4 -1
Popular vote 457,777 331,813 186,235
Percentage 46.79 33.92 19.03
Swing +1.20 +0.30 -1.21

Premier before election

W. A. C. Bennett
Social Credit

Premier after election

W. A. C. Bennett
Social Credit

The British Columbia general election of 1969 was the 29th 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 July 21, 1969, and held on August 27, 1969. The new legislature met for the first time on January 22, 1970.

The conservative Social Credit Party of British Columbia was re-elected with a majority in the legislature to a seventh term in government. It won over 46% of the popular vote.

The opposition New Democratic Party of British Columbia won about one-third of the popular vote, roughly the same as in the previous election, but lost four of its 16 seats in the legislature.

The Liberal Party of British Columbia lost one of its six seats.

Results[edit]

Party Party leader # of
candidates
Seats Popular vote
1966 Elected % Change # % % Change
Social Credit W.A.C. Bennett 55 33 38 +15.2% 457,777 46.79% +1.20%
     New Democrats Tom Berger 55 16 12 -25.0% 331,813 33.92% +0.30%
Liberal Patrick Lucey McGeer 55 6 5 -16.7% 186,235 19.03% -1.21%
     Progressive Conservative John DeWolf 1 - - - 1,087 0.11% -0.07%
     Independent 6 - - - 831 0.08% -0.15%
     Communist   4 - - - 482 0.05% -0.09%
     Social Conservative   1 * - * 131 0.01% *
Total 177 55 55 - 978,356 100%  
Source: Elections BC

Note:

* Party did not nominate candidates in the previous election.

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