British Columbia general election, 1979
The British Columbia general election of 1979 was the 32nd 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 April 3, 1979. The election was held on May 10, 1979, and the new legislature met for the first time on June 6, 1979.
The governing Social Credit Party of British Columbia of Bill Bennett was re-elected with a majority government, and won almost half of the popular vote. The electorate was polarized between the conservative Socreds and the social democratic New Democratic Party of former premier Dave Barrett, which won just under 46% of the popular vote and all of the remaining seats in the legislature.
Of the other parties only the Progressive Conservatives won over 1% of the popular vote, but their 5% of the vote did not enable them to hold on to their single seat in the legislature. Party leader Victor Stephens complained during the campaign that the federal PC Party was providing no assistance to the provincial party, favouring Social Credit instead. The caused embarrassment for federal party leader Joe Clark, who was leading his own election campaign for the May 22, 1979 federal election.
Also in this election, Robert Douglas Cook, the Gay Alliance Toward Equality candidate in West Vancouver-Howe Sound, became the first openly gay candidate ever to run for political office in Canada.
|Party||Party leader||# of
|1975||Elected||% Change||#||%||% Change|
|Social Credit||Bill Bennett||57||35||31||-11.4%||677,607||48.23%||-1.02%|
|New Democrats||Dave Barrett||57||18||26||44.4%||646,188||45.99%||+6.83%|
|Progressive Conservative||Victor Stephens||37||1||-||-100%||71,078||5.06%||+1.20%|
|North American Labour||4||-||-||-||297||0.02%||+0.01%|
|Gay Alliance Toward Equality||1||*||-||*||126||0.01%||*|
|Independent New Hope||1||*||-||*||72||0.01%||*|
|Source: Elections BC|
* Party did not nominate candidates in the previous election.
- Karen Fulcher, "We've come a long way, baby!" PinkPlayMags, Autumn 2010.