British Columbia general election of 1979 was the
32nd general election in the Province of British
held to elect members of the Legislative
Assembly of British Columbia.
The election was called on April 3, 1979.
The election was held on May 10, 1979, and the new legislature met
for the first time on June 6, 1979.
The governing Social Credit Party of
was re-elected with a majority government, and won
almost half of the popular vote. The electorate was polarized
between the conservative Socreds and the social democratic New Democratic
of former premier David
, which won just under 46% of the popular vote and all
of the remaining seats in the legislature.
Of the other parties only the Progressive
won over 1% of the popular vote, but their 5% of
the vote did not enable them to hold on to their single seat in the
legislature. Party leader Victor
complained during the campaign that the federal PC Party
was providing no assistance to the provincial party, favouring
Social Credit instead. The caused embarrassment for federal party
leader Joe Clark
, who was leading his own
election campaign for the May 22
, 1979 federal election
Also in this election, Robert
, the Gay
Alliance Toward Equality
candidate in West Vancouver-Howe Sound
the first openly gay
candidate ever to run for
political office in Canada.
* Party did not nominate candidates in the previous election.