British Columbia general election, 1975

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British Columbia general election, 1975
British Columbia
1972 ←
December 11, 1975 → 1979

55 seats of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia
28 seats were needed for a majority
  First party Second party
 
Leader Bill Bennett Dave Barrett
Party Social Credit New Democratic
Leader since 1973 1969
Leader's seat South Okanagan Coquitlam (lost re-election)
Last election 10 38
Seats won 35 18
Seat change +25 -20
Popular vote 635,482 505,396
Percentage 49.25 39.16
Swing +18.09 -0.43

  Third party Fourth party
 
Leader Gordon Gibson George Scott Wallace
Party Liberal Progressive Conservative
Leader since 1975 1973
Leader's seat North Vancouver-Capilano Oak Bay
Last election 5 2
Seats won 1 1
Seat change -4 -1
Popular vote 93,397 49,796
Percentage 7.24 3.86
Swing -9.16 -8.81

Premier before election

Dave Barrett
New Democratic

Premier-elect

Bill Bennett
Social Credit

The British Columbia general election of 1975 was the 31st 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 November 3, 1975, and held on December 11, 1975. The new legislature met for the first time on March 17, 1976.

The governing New Democratic Party of Dave Barrett was defeated after three years in government. Bill Bennett, son of long-time Social Credit Party leader and BC premier, W.A.C. Bennett, led Social Credit back to power, winning close to half of the popular vote, and a solid majority in the legislature.

Voters abandoned the Liberal and Progressive Conservative parties as the centre and right-wing vote coalesced around Social Credit. The defeated social democratic NDP suffered only a marginal decrease in its vote share.

Results[edit]

Party Party leader # of
candidates
Seats Popular vote
1972 Elected % Change # % % Change
Social Credit Bill Bennett 55 10 35 +250% 635,482 49.25% +18.09%
     New Democrats Dave Barrett 55 38 18 -52.6% 505,396 39.16% -0.43%
Liberal Gordon Gibson 49 5 1 -80.0% 93,379 7.24% -9.16%
     Progressive Conservative George Scott Wallace 29 2 1 -50.0% 49,796 3.86% -8.81%
     Independent 12 - - - 4,688 0.36% +0.26%
     Communist   13 - - - 1,441 0.11% +0.03%
     North American Labour   4 * - * 141 0.01% *
     Revolutionary Marxist Group   3 * - * 94 0.01% *
     League for Socialist Action   1 * - * 34 x *
Total 221 55 55 - 1,290,451 100%  
Source: Elections BC

Notes:

* Party did not nominate candidates in the previous election.

x - less than 0.005% of the popular vote

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