32nd Parliament of British Columbia

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The 32nd Legislative Assembly of British Columbia sat from 1979 to 1983. The members were elected in the British Columbia general election held in May 1979.[1] The Social Credit Party led by Bill Bennett formed the government.[2] The New Democratic Party (NDP) led by Dave Barrett formed the official opposition.[3]

Harvey Schroeder served as speaker for the assembly until August 1982 when he resigned as speaker. Kenneth Walter Davidson replaced Schroeder as speaker in September 1982.[4]

Members of the 32nd General Assembly[edit]

The following members were elected to the assembly in 1979:[1]

Member Electoral district Party
     Robert Evans Skelly Alberni NDP
     Al Passarell Atlin NDP
  James J. (Jim) Hewitt Boundary-Similkameen Social Credit
     Rosemary Brown Burnaby-Edmonds NDP
     Eileen Dailly Burnaby North NDP
     James Gibson Lorimer Burnaby-Willingdon NDP
  Alexander Vaughan Fraser Cariboo Social Credit
  William Samuel (Bill) Ritchie Central Fraser Valley Social Credit
  Harvey Schroeder Chilliwack Social Credit
  James Roland Chabot Columbia River Social Credit
     Karen Elizabeth Sanford Comox NDP
     Stuart Malcolm Leggatt Coquitlam-Moody NDP
     Barbara Brookman Wallace Cowichan-Malahat NDP
  Kenneth Walter Davidson Delta Social Credit
  George Mussallem Dewdney Social Credit
     Frank Mitchell Esquimalt-Port Renfrew NDP
  Rafe Kenneth Mair Kamloops Social Credit
  Terence Patrick Segarty Kootenay Social Credit
  Robert Howard McClelland Langley Social Credit
     Don Lockstead Mackenzie NDP
     Norman Levi Maillardville-Coquitlam NDP
     David Daniel Stupich Nanaimo NDP
     Lorne Nicolson Nelson-Creston NDP
     Dennis Geoffrey Cocke New Westminster NDP
     Colin Stuart Gabelmann North Island NDP
  Anthony Julius (Tony) Brummet North Peace River Social Credit
  Angus Creelman Ree North Vancouver-Capilano Social Credit
  John (Jack) Davis North Vancouver-Seymour Social Credit
  Brian Ray Douglas Smith Oak Bay-Gordon Head Social Credit
  Patricia Jordan Okanagan North Social Credit
  William Richards Bennett Okanagan South Social Credit
  Jack Joseph Kempf Omineca Social Credit
  John Herbert (Jack) Heinrich Prince George North Social Credit
  William Bruce Strachan Prince George South Social Credit
     Graham Lea Prince Rupert NDP
  James Arthur Nielsen Richmond Social Credit
     Christopher D'Arcy Rossland-Trail NDP
  Hugh Austin Curtis Saanich and the Islands Social Credit
     William Stewart King Shuswap-Revelstoke NDP
     Frank Howard Skeena NDP
  Donald McGray Phillips South Peace River Social Credit
     Ernest Hall Surrey NDP
  William Nick (Bill) Vander Zalm Social Credit
     Emery Oakland Barnes Vancouver Centre NDP
     Gary Lauk
     David Barrett Vancouver East NDP
     Alexander Barrett MacDonald
  Grace Mary McCarthy Vancouver-Little Mountain Social Credit
  Evan Maurice Wolfe
  Garde Basil Gardom Vancouver-Point Grey Social Credit
  Patrick Lucey McGeer
  Peter Stewart Hyndman Vancouver South Social Credit
  Charles Stephen Rogers
     Charles Frederick Barber Victoria NDP
     Gordon William Hanson
  Louis Allan Williams West Vancouver-Howe Sound Social Credit
  Thomas Manville Waterland Yale-Lillooet Social Credit


Party standings[edit]

Affiliation Members
Social Credit 31
     New Democratic Party 26
 Government Majority


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

Electoral district Member elected Party Election date Reason
Kamloops Claude Harry Richmond Social Credit May 14, 1981 K.R. Mair resigned February 1, 1981, to become a talk show host



  1. ^ a b c "Electoral History of British Columbia, 1871-1986" (PDF). Elections BC. Retrieved 2011-07-27. 
  2. ^ "Premiers of British Columbia 1871-" (PDF). BC Legislature. Retrieved 2011-09-23. 
  3. ^ "Leaders of the Opposition in British Columbia 1903-" (PDF). BC Legislature. Retrieved 2011-07-20. [permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Speakers of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia 1872-" (PDF). BC Legislature. Retrieved 2011-09-23.