British Columbia general election, 1986
69 seats of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia
35 seats were needed for a majority
|Turnout||65.8% 4.7 pp|
The British Columbia general election of 1986 was the 34th 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 September 24, 1986. The election was held on October 22, 1986, and the new legislature met for the first time on March 9, 1987.
The governing British Columbia Social Credit Party (Socreds) had seen a leadership change just months before the election, with Bill Bennett standing down in favour of Bill Vander Zalm. Promising a fresh start after the Bennett years, Vander Zalm led the Socreds to a fourth consecutive majority government, and won almost half of the popular vote. 12 new seats had been created in the legislature for this election. Social Credit coincidentally won 12 additional seats, while the social democratic New Democratic Party, led by Bob Skelly, won the same number it had in the previous election.
No other parties won seats.
|Party||Party leader||# of
|1983||Elected||% Change||#||%||% Change|
|Social Credit||Bill Vander Zalm||69||35||47||+34.3%||954,516||49.32%||-0.44%|
|New Democratic||Bob Skelly||69||22||22||-||824,544||42.60%||-2.34%|
|Progressive Conservative||Vacant||12||-||-||-||14,074||0.73 %||-0.43%|
|Western Canada Concept||Doug Christie||1||-||-||-||322||0.02%||-0.84%|
|Source: Elections BC|
Note: * Party did not nominate candidates in the previous election.