British Columbia general election, 1983
57 seats of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia
29 seats were needed for a majority
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.
|Party||Party leader||# of
|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%|
|Progressive Conservative||Brian Westwood||12||-||-||-||19,131||1.16%||-3.90%|
|Western Canada Concept||Doug Christie||18||*||-||*||14,185||0.86%||*|
|Source: Elections BC|
* Party did not nominate candidates in the previous election.