Legislative Assembly of British Columbia

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Legislative Assembly of British Columbia
Parliament Dissolved
Coat of arms or logo
Founded July 20, 1871 (1871-07-20)
Preceded by none
Linda Reid, Liberal
Since June 26, 2013
Christy Clark, Liberal
Since March 14, 2011
John Horgan, NDP
Since May 4, 2014
House Leader
Rich Coleman, Liberal
Since March 14, 2011
House Leader
Mike Farnworth, NDP
Since March 18, 2014
Seats 87
British Columbia 41st Legislature Seating Plan.svg
Political groups
Last election
May 9, 2017
Next election
42nd British Columbia general election
Meeting place
BC Legislature Buildings.jpg
Parliament Building, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Located in Victoria, British Columbia and officially opened in 1898 with a 500-foot-long facade (150 m), central dome, two end pavilions, and a gold-covered statue of Captain George Vancouver, the British Columbia Parliament Buildings is home to the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia.
The Parliament Buildings roof with a gold-covered statue of Captain George Vancouver
The Legislative Buildings, Victoria, British Columbia. (Pacific Undersea Gardens also pictured.)
The legislature of British Columbia in session, 1921
Legislative Chamber

The Legislative Assembly of British Columbia is one of two components of the Parliament of British Columbia, while the other is Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada, represented by the Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia.[1]

The Legislature meets in Victoria. Members are elected from provincial ridings and are referred to as Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs). The current Parliament is the 40th Parliament. The most recent general election was the British Columbia general election held on May 9, 2017. Next election is scheduled to be held on May 11, 2021 were the legislature not to be dissolved earlier.

Proceedings of the Legislative Assembly are broadcast to cable viewers in the province by Hansard Broadcasting Services.


Legislature Start End Premier Opposition Leader
29th 1970 1972 Social Credit W. A. C. Bennett New Democratic Thomas R. Berger
New Democratic Dave Barrett
30th 1972 1975 New Democratic Dave Barrett Social Credit W. A. C. Bennett
Social Credit Bill Bennett
31st 1975 1979 Social Credit Bill Bennett New Democratic Dave Barrett
32nd 1979 1982
33rd 1983 1986
New Democratic Bob Skelly
34th 1987 1991 Social Credit Bill Vander Zalm
Social Credit Rita Johnston
35th 1992 1996 New Democratic Mike Harcourt Liberal Gordon Wilson
36th 1996 2001 New Democratic Glen Clark Liberal Gordon Campbell
New Democratic Dan Miller
New Democratic Ujjal Dosanjh      
37th 2001 2005 Liberal Gordon Campbell New Democratic Joy MacPhail
38th 2005 2009 New Democratic Carole James
39th 2009 2013 New Democratic Dawn Black
Liberal Christy Clark
New Democratic Adrian Dix
40th 2013 2017
New Democratic John Horgan
41st 2017

Current party standings[edit]

Seating plan to the 40th Parliament[edit]

Chouhan Rice Holman B. Routley
Macdonald Karagianis Eby Mungall Bains Elmore Shin Heyman Darcy Donaldson Krog Trevena D. Routley Simons Vacant WEAVER Dalton Martin Gibson Mo. Stilwell
Hammell Simpson Robinson Farnworth HORGAN James Dix Ralston Corrigan Fleming Popham Conroy Austin Herbert Fraser Huntington Bernier Larson Foster
Cadieux Lake Polak De Jong CLARK Coleman Anton Bond Bennett Letnick Barnett Yap Thornthwaite McRae Plecas Lee Kyllo Tegart Throness
Yamamoto Mi. Stilwell Stone Fassbender Oakes Wat Thomson Virk Rustad Wilkinson Pimm Sultan Hamilton Reimer Ashton Morris Hunt Sullivan
Vacant Sturdy Bing Hogg

Standings changes[edit]

Number of members
per party by date
May 9
  Liberal 43
     NDP 41
  Green 3
  Total members 87
Vacant 0
  Government Majority –1
Membership changes in the 41st Assembly
Date Name District Party Reason
  May 9, 2017 See list of members Election day of the 41st British Columbia general election



Other Chair occupants[edit]


House leaders[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ UK Parliament. Order of Her Majesty in Council admitting British Columbia into the Union, dated the 16th day of May, 1871 as made, from legislation.gov.uk.
  2. ^ "Edited Hansard of the 41st Parliament, 1st Session". Queen's Printer for Canada. 2012-02-01. See the YouTube clip, MP Joyce Murray on the Black Rod of B.C.. 
  3. ^ "2014 Speech from the Throne in Photos". BC b-sides. Province of British Columbia. 2014-02-18. See the YouTube clip, B.C. Diamond Jubilee Inaugural Celebration Event, as another source. 

Coordinates: 48°25′10″N 123°22′13″W / 48.4195°N 123.3703°W / 48.4195; -123.3703