British Columbia general election, 1983

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British Columbia general election, 1983
British Columbia
← 1979 May 5, 1983 1986 →

57 seats of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia
29 seats were needed for a majority
Turnout 70.5%[1]
  First party Second party
 
Leader Bill Bennett Dave Barrett
Party Social Credit New Democratic
Leader since 1973 1969
Leader's seat Okanagan South Vancouver East
Last election 31 26
Seats won 35 22
Seat change Increase4 Decrease4
Popular vote 820,807 741,354
Percentage 49.76 44.94
Swing Increase1.53 Decrease1.05

Premier before election

Bill Bennett
Social Credit

Premier-designate

Bill Bennett
Social Credit

The British Columbia general election of 1983 was the 33rd provincial election for 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 7, 1983. The election was held on May 5, 1983. The new legislature that resulted from this election met for the first time on June 23, 1983.

The governing Social Credit Party of British Columbia was re-elected with a majority government, defeating the opposition New Democratic Party of British Columbia. The “Socreds” increased both their share of the popular vote almost half of all votes) and their number of seats in the legislature. No other parties other than the Socreds and the NDP won seats in the legislature.

Results[edit]

Party Party leader # of
candidates
Seats Popular vote
1979 Elected % Change # % % Change
Social Credit Bill Bennett 57 31 35 +12.9% 820,807 49.76% +1.53%
New Democratic Dave Barrett 57 26 22 -15.4% 741,354 44.94% -1.05%
Liberal Shirley McLoughlin 52 - - - 44,442 2.69% +2.22%
Progressive Conservative Brian Westwood 12 - - - 19,131 1.16% -3.90%
Western Canada Concept Doug Christie 18 * - * 14,185 0.86% *
  Independent 18 - - - 5,225 0.32% +0.24%
Green Adriane Carr 4 * - * 3,078 0.19% *
Communist   4 - - - 837 0.05% -0.03%
Western National   2 * - * 474 0.03% *
Total 224 57 57 - 1,649,533 100%  
Source: Elections BC

Note:

* Party did not nominate candidates in the previous election.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "B.C. Voter Participation: 1983 to 2013" (PDF). Elections BC. Retrieved May 11, 2017.