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Encyclopedia > Politics of British Columbia

Prior to 1903, there were no political parties in British Columbia, Canada, other than at the federal level.


Sir Richard McBride was the first Premier of British Columbia to declare a party affiliation (Conservative Party) and institute conventional party/caucus politics. Sir Richard McBride (December 15, 1870-August 6, 1917) was a British Columbian politician and founder of the British Columbia Conservative Party. ... Categories: Stub | British Columbia premiers ... Motto: Splendor Sine Occasu (Latin: Splendour without diminishment) Official languages none stated in law; English is de facto Capital Victoria Largest city Vancouver Lieutenant-Governor Iona Campagnolo Premier Gordon Campbell (BC Liberal) Parliamentary representation  - House seat  - Senate seats 36 6 Area Total  â€¢ Land  â€¢ Water    (% of total)  Ranked 5th 944,735... The Conservative Party of Canada has gone by a variety of names over the years since Canadian Confederation. ...


Since party politics were introduced to British Columbia, there have been a number of political parties which have controlled the government for more than ten years, including the Conservative government of the early 20th century, the interwar Liberal government, the post-war Social Credit government of W.A.C. Bennett and, following a further brief reign by the New Dmeocratic Party (NDP), another Social Credit government under his son, Bill Bennett, and lastly the NDP government of the 1990s. The British Columbia Conservative Party (also known as the Tories) is a conservative political party in British Columbia, Canada. ... The British Columbia Liberal Party (usually refered to as the BC Liberals) is the governing political party in British Columbia, Canada. ... The British Columbia Social Credit Party, whose members are known as Socreds, was the governing political party of British Columbia, Canada, for more than 30 years between the 1952 provincial election and the 1991 election. ... The Honourable William Andrew Cecil Bennett, PC, OC (September 6, 1900 – February 23, 1979) was a Premier of the Canadian province of British Columbia. ... The New Democratic Party of British Columbia is a democratic socialist political party in British Columbia, Canada. ... For other men named William Bennett, see William Bennett (disambiguation). ...


From 1972 to 1975, an NDP government led by Dave Barrett held power but was defeated after a showdown with organized labour. Social Credit was returned to power with a new leader, and the son of the former Premier, Bill Bennett, who had been recruited by the party's old guard but brought in a new style of politics. In 1986, the younger Bennett retired from politics and his successor was Bill Vander Zalm. Under his leadership, he and his party became increasing unpopular. In the face of mounting unpopularity and numerous scandals, the party was defeated at the polls and collapsed in 1991. David Barrett, O.C. (born 2 October 1930 in Vancouver, British Columbia), commonly known as Dave Barrett, was a politician and social worker in British Columbia, Canada. ... William Nicholas Vander Zalm (b. ...


Currently, the province is governed by the British Columbia Liberal Party under Gordon Campbell. The present incarnation of the BC Liberal Party is unlike its predecessors, in that its membership is made up of former Socreds, federal Liberals and federal Conservatives, and those who would otherwise support right-of-centre parties. This fact is largely the result of the BC Liberals having emerged as the opposition to the social democratic NDP. Unlike other provinces, there is no significant provincial Conservative Party in British Columbia. The British Columbia Liberal Party (usually refered to as the BC Liberals) is the governing political party in British Columbia, Canada. ... For the recipient of the Victoria Cross and MP, see Gordon Campbell, VC For the Scottish Conservative politician, see Gordon Campbell, Baron Campbell of Croy Gordon Muir Campbell, BA, MBA, MLA, (born January 12, 1948) is 34th Premier of British Columbia. ... Social democracy is a political ideology emerging in the late 19th and early 20th centuries from supporters of Marxism who believed that the transition to a socialist society could be achieved through democratic evolutionary rather than revolutionary means. ...


Recall and initiative

British Columbia is the only province in Canada with recall election and initiative legislation. A recall election is a procedure by which voters can remove an elected official from office. ...


Only one recall petition was ever deemed to have had any success, compelling MLA Paul Reitsma to resign his seat hours before he would have been removed from office. Paul Reitsma, former member of the legislative assembly of British Columbia for Parksville-Qualicum. ...


Electoral reform

A Citizens' Assembly in 2004 recommended replacing the First Past the Post system with a Single Transferable Vote system to be implemented in 2009, and a referendum was held on May 17, 2005 to determine if this change should go ahead. The proposal received majority support (58% of the popular vote), but the government had required 60% to make the proposal binding on them. A second requirement was a simple majority in 60% of the current ridings and 77 of the 79 ridings achieved this, far more than the 48 minimum. The close result has provoked further interest in electoral reform. As a result of this, the Provincial Government promised a second referendum on the issue to be held in November 2008, but this decision has now been reversed due to a variety of logistical problems with such timing. The second referendum is now scheduled to be held in conjunction with the next Provincial election scheduled for May 2009. The Citizens Assembly on Electoral Reform is a group created by the government of British Columbia, Canada to investigate changes to the provincial electoral system. ... The plurality voting system, also known as first past the post, is a voting system used to elect a single winner in a given election. ... This STV ballot for the Australian Senate illustrates group voting tickets. ... A referendum (plural: referendums or referenda) or plebiscite (from Latin plebiscita, a decree of the Concilium Plebis) is a direct vote in which an entire electorate is asked to either accept or reject a particular proposal. ... May 17 is the 137th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (138th in leap years). ... Template:Diffgggtgerent calendars 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the political process. ... A simple majority is the most common requirement in voting for a measure to pass, especially in deliberative bodies and small organizations. ... Electoral reform projects seek to change the way that public desires are reflected in elections through electoral systems. ...


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