30th Parliament of British Columbia

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The 30th Legislative Assembly of British Columbia sat from 1972 to 1975. The members were elected in the British Columbia general election held in August 1972.[1] The New Democratic Party (NDP) led by Dave Barrett formed the government.[2] The Social Credit Party led by W. A. C. Bennett formed the official opposition. Bill Bennett was elected Social Credit party leader in November 1973 after his father resigned his seat in the assembly in June 1973.[3]

Gordon Dowding served as speaker for the assembly.[4]

Members of the 30th General Assembly[edit]

The following members were elected to the assembly in 1972:[1]

Member Electoral district Party
     Robert Evans Skelly Alberni NDP
     Frank Arthur Calder Atlin NDP
  Francis Xavier Richter Boundary-Similkameen Social Credit
     Gordon Dowding Burnaby-Edmonds NDP
     Eileen Dailly Burnaby North NDP
     James Gibson Lorimer Burnaby-Willingdon NDP
  Alexander Vaughan Fraser Cariboo Social Credit
  Harvey Schroeder Chilliwack Social Credit
  James Roland Chabot Columbia River Social Credit
     Karen Elizabeth Sanford Comox NDP
     David Barrett Coquitlam NDP
     Robert Martin Strachan Cowichan-Malahat NDP
     Carl Liden Delta NDP
     Peter Rolston Dewdney NDP
     James Henry Gorst Esquimalt NDP
     Allan Alfred Nunweiler Fort George NDP
     Gerald Hamilton Anderson Kamloops NDP
     Leo Thomas Nimsick Kootenay NDP
  Robert Howard McClelland Langley Social Credit
     Don Lockstead Mackenzie NDP
     David Daniel Stupich Nanaimo NDP
     Lorne Nicolson Nelson-Creston NDP
     Dennis Geoffrey Cocke New Westminster NDP
  Patricia Jordan North Okanagan Social Credit
  Dean Edward Smith North Peace River Social Credit
     David Maurice Brousson North Vancouver-Capilano Liberal
     Colin Gabelmann North Vancouver-Seymour NDP
     George Scott Wallace Oak Bay Progressive Conservative
     Douglas Tynwald Kelly Omineca NDP
     Graham Lea Prince Rupert NDP
     William Stewart King Revelstoke-Slocan NDP
     Harold Leslie Steves Richmond NDP
     Christopher D'Arcy Rossland-Trail NDP
     Hugh Austin Curtis Saanich and the Islands Progressive Conservative
     Donald Emerson Lewis Shuswap NDP
     Hartley Douglas Dent Skeena NDP
  William Andrew Cecil Bennett South Okanagan Social Credit
  Donald McGray Phillips South Peace River Social Credit
     Ernest Hall Surrey NDP
     Rosemary Brown Vancouver-Burrard NDP
     Norman Levi
     Emery Oakland Barnes Vancouver Centre NDP
     Gary Lauk
     Alexander Barrett MacDonald Vancouver East NDP
     Robert Arthur Williams
     Roy Thomas Cummings Vancouver-Little Mountain NDP
     Phyllis Florence Young
     Garde Basil Gardom Vancouver-Point Grey Liberal
     Patrick Lucey McGeer
     Jack A. Radford Vancouver South NDP
     Daisy Webster
     David Alexander Anderson Victoria Liberal
  Newell Orrin Ruston Morrison Social Credit
     Louis Allan Williams West Vancouver-Howe Sound Liberal
     William Leonard Hartley Yale-Lillooet NDP


Party standings[edit]

Affiliation Members
     New Democratic Party 38
Social Credit 10
Liberal 5
     Progressive Conservative 2
 Government Majority


By-elections were held to replace members for various reasons:[1]

Electoral district Member elected Party Election date Reason
South Okanagan William Richards Bennett Social Credit September 7, 1973 W.A.C. Bennett resigned June 5, 1973; retired from politics
North Vancouver-Capilano Gordon Fulerton Gibson Liberal February 5, 1974 D.M. Brousson resigned October 23, 1973, to look after business interests


Other changes[edit]