British Columbia general election, 1963
52 seats of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia
27 seats were needed for a majority
The British Columbia general election of 1963 was the 27th 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 August 22, 1963, and held on September 30, 1963. The new legislature met for the first time on January 23, 1964.
The conservative Social Credit Party of Premier W.A.C. Bennett was re-elected with a majority in the legislature to a fifth term in government. The party increased its share of the popular vote and number of seats in the legislature marginally.
The opposition New Democratic Party (formerly the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation) had small losses both in popular vote and number of seats.
The Liberals won about 20% of the popular vote, and one additional seat, for a total of five.
The Progressive Conservative Party won no seats in the legislature increasing its share of the popular vote by four-and-half percentage points to over 11%.
|Social Credit||New Democratic||Liberal|
|Party||Party leader||# of
|1960||Elected||% Change||#||%||% Change|
|Social Credit||W.A.C. Bennett||52||32||33||+3.1%||395,079||40.83%||+2.00%|
|New Democrats||Bob Strachan||52||16||14||-12.5%||269,004||27.80%||-4.93%|
|Progressive Conservative||Davie Fulton||44||-||-||-||109,090||11.27%||+4.55%|
|Source: Elections BC|
* Party did not nominate candidates in the previous election.