British Columbia general election, 1991

The British Columbia general election of 1991 was the 35th 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 September 19 1991, and held on October 17, 1991. The incumbent Social Credit Party of British Columbia, which had been beset by scandals during Bill Vander Zalm's last term as premier, was defeated by the New Democratic Party of Mike Harcourt. The new legislature met for the first time on March 17 1992. Liberal Party leader Gordon Wilson surprised observersWho|date=June 2008 by leading his party to winning one-third of the votes cast, and forming the official opposition in the legislature.

Under Vander Zalm's leadership, Socred's control shifted from urban fiscal conservatives to social conservatives, causing the coalition to unravel and pushing many moderates to eventually switch to the Liberals.Fact|date=June 2008 This process was exacerbated by Vander Zalm's eccentricity, and the constant scandals that plagued his government, cumulating in one which was a conflict of interest. As well, Vander Zalm allowed his principal secretary, David Poole, to amass a substantial amount of power, despite being unelected.Fact|date=June 2008 After Premier Vander Zalm resigned, Socred members voted the lesser-known Rita Johnston, a close ally of Vander Zalm,Fact|date=June 2008 to be their new leader, over Grace McCarthy. ManyWho|date=June 2008 viewed this as a mistake, as Johnston was close to the Vander Zalm legacy; even NDP leader Mike Harcourt admitted later that he preferred Johnston over McCarthy, as the latter would be a much tougher opponent in an election.Fact|date=June 2008

The third place Liberals gained slightly the polls, due to great resentment against the ruling Socreds and skepticism towards the NDP. A turning point came when Wilson successfully took legal action to be included in the televised leaders' debate. During the debate Johnston and Harcourt exchanged many bitter attacks, while Wilson, still not considered a serious contender, was able to successfully portray himself as an "outsider" who was above the partisan bickering of the other two parties. Liberal support surged dramatically as a result of Wilson's performance. However, Wilson himself proved unable to consolidate the party's leadership due to inexperience and he was eventually deposed and he crossed to the NDP.

The election was held at the same time as a referendum on recall and initiative. [http://www.elections.bc.ca/elections/electoral_history/electhistvol2.pdf] It was also the first British Columbia general election with only single-member districts. [http://www.elections.bc.ca/elections/sov91/foreword.html]

Results

Notes:x - less than 0.005% of the popular vote.

* Party did not nominate candidates in the previous election.

ee also

*List of British Columbia political parties

External links

* [http://www.elections.bc.ca/elections/sov91/sov_toc.htm Elections BC 1991 Election]


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • British Columbia general election, 2001 — 1996 ← May 16, 2001 → 2005 …   Wikipedia

  • 40th British Columbia general election — 2009 ← members On or before May 14, 2013 (2013 05 14 …   Wikipedia

  • List of British Columbia general elections — Number of seats won by major parties at each election This article provides a summary of results for the general elections to the Canadian province of British Columbia s unicameral legislative body, the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia.… …   Wikipedia

  • British Columbia — Colombie Britannique (French) …   Wikipedia

  • British Columbia Conservative Party — Active provincial party Leader John Martin Cummins President …   Wikipedia

  • British Columbia New Democratic Party — Active provincial party Leader Adrian Dix President …   Wikipedia

  • British Columbia Liberal Party — Infobox Canada Political Party party name = British Columbia Liberal Party status = active class = prov party wikicolourid = Liberal party leader = Gordon Campbell president = Mickey Patryluk foundation = 1903 dissolution = ideology =… …   Wikipedia

  • British Columbia Social Credit Party — Infobox Canada Political Party party name = British Columbia Social Credit Party party wikicolourid = Conservative status = active class = prov party leader = (vacant) president = Carrol Woolsey foundation = 1935 dissolution = ideology =… …   Wikipedia

  • British Columbia — British Columbian. a province in W Canada on the Pacific coast. 2,406,212; 366,255 sq. mi. (948,600 sq. km). Cap.: Victoria. * * * Province (pop., 2001: 3,907,738), western Canada. It is bounded by Yukon Territory, Northwest Territories, Alberta …   Universalium

  • British Columbia recall and initiative referendum, 1991 — The British Columbia Recall and Initiative Referendum was a referendum held in British Columbia on October 17, 1991. It was concurrent with that year s general election. The referendum posed two questions. They were on whether elected officials… …   Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.