British Columbia general election, 1996

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The British Columbia general election of 1996 was the 36th provincial 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 April 30, 1996, and held on May 28, 1996.

New Democratic Party leader and provincial premier Mike Harcourt had resigned as the result of a fundraising scandal involving one of the members of his caucus. Glen Clark was chosen by the party to replace Harcourt. Clark led the party to a second majority government, defeating the Liberal Party of Gordon Campbell. Campbell had become leader of the Liberal Party after Gordon Wilson had been forced out of the position because of his relationship with another Liberal member of the legislature, Judy Tyabji. Campbell is believed to have lost the election because of a promise to privatize BC Rail.

After Wilson was defeated by Campbell in the convention to chose a new leader, he and Tyabji left the Liberal Party to establish the Progressive Democratic Alliance. Wilson was able to win re-election, but Tyabji was not, going down to defeat with all of the other candidates fielded by the new party.

Reform BC, a splinter group from the once-dominant Social Credit Party, won two seats.

Although the Liberal Party won a larger share of the popular vote, the NDP won a majority of the seats in the Legislature. The result of this election helped convince the Liberal Party to become a major advocate for electoral reform.

Results

Party Party Leader # of
candidates
Seats Popular Vote
1991 Elected % Change # % % Change

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New Democratic Glen Clark 75 51 39 -23.53% 624,395 39.45% -1.26%

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Liberal Gordon Campbell 75 17 33 +94.12% 661,929 41.82% +8.58%

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Reform Jack Weisgerber 75 - 2   146,734 9.27% +9.09%

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Progressive Democratic Gordon Wilson 66 * 1 * 90,797 5.74% *

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Green Stuart Parker 71 - - - 31,511 1.99% +1.13%

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Independent/No affiliation 23 - - - 10,067 0.64% -0.07%

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Social Credit Larry Gillanders 38 7 - -100% 6,276 0.40% -23.65%

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Family Coalition   14 - - - 4,150 0.26% +0.17%

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Natural Law   38 * - * 2,919 0.18% *

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Libertarian   17 - - - 2,041 0.13% +0.07%

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Conservative   8 - - - 1,002 0.06% +0.03%

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Western Canada Concept Doug Christie 5 - - - 374 0.02% -0.02%

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Common Sense, Community, Family   5 * - * 291 0.02% *

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Communist   3 - - - 218 0.01% +0.01%
Total 513 75 75 - 1,582,704 100%  
Source: Elections BC (http://www.elections.bc.ca/elections/electoral_history/toc.html)

Notes:

* Party did not nominate candidates in the previous election.

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