British Columbia general election, 1972

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British Columbia general election, 1972
British Columbia
1969 ←
August 30, 1972 → 1975

55 seats of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia
28 seats were needed for a majority
  First party Second party
 
Leader Dave Barrett W. A. C. Bennett
Party New Democratic Social Credit
Leader since 1969 1952
Leader's seat Coquitlam South Okanagan
Last election 12 38
Seats won 38 10
Seat change +26 -28
Popular vote 448,260 352,776
Percentage 39.59 31.16
Swing +5.67 -15.63

  Third party Fourth party
 
Leader David Anderson Derril Thomas Warren
Party Liberal Progressive Conservative
Leader since 1972 1971
Leader's seat Ran in Victoria Ran in North Vancouver-Seymour (lost)
Last election 5 0
Seats won 5 2
Seat change 0 +2
Popular vote 185,640 143,450
Percentage 16.40 12.67
Swing -2.63 +12.56

Premier before election

W. A. C. Bennett
Social Credit

Premier-elect

Dave Barrett
New Democratic

The 30th general election for the Canadian province of British Columbia was held to elect members of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. The election was called on July 24, 1972, and held on August 30, 1972. The new legislature met for the first time on October 17, 1972.

David Barrett led the social democratic New Democratic Party to victory, winning a majority government.

The Social Credit Party, led by Premier W.A.C. Bennett, was defeated after governing British Columbia since the 1952 election. Social Credit's share of the popular vote fell by over 15 percentage points, and the party lost 28 of the seats it had won in the previous election.

The Liberal Party held onto its five seats, while the Progressive Conservative Party, under the leadership of Derrill Warren, returned to the legislature for the first time since the 1953 election by winning two seats.

In four ridings and part of a fifth, a referendum was held concurrently with the election.

Results[edit]

Party Party leader # of
candidates
Seats Popular vote
1969 Elected % Change # % % Change
     New Democrats Dave Barrett 55 12 38 +217% 448,260 39.59% +5.67%
Social Credit W.A.C. Bennett 55 38 10 -73.7% 352,776 31.16% -15.63%
Liberal David Anderson 53 5 5 - 185,640 16.40% -2.63%
     Progressive Conservative Derril Thomas Warren 49 - 2 - 143,450 12.67% +12.56%
     Independent 9 - - - 1,184 0.10% +0.02%
     Communist   5 - - - 862 0.08% +0.03%
Total 226 55 55 - 1,132,172 100%  
Source: Elections BC

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