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British Columbia Liberal Party leadership elections

This page lists the results of leadership conventions held by the British Columbia Liberal Party.

1902 leadership convention

(Held February 6, 1902)

(Source: "Canadian Annual Review 1902", p. 85)

1903 Party Caucus

(Joseph Martin resigned as Liberal leader on June 2, 1903. Following his personal defeat in the 1903 general election, the first on a partisan basis, James Alexander MacDonald was elected leader by a party caucus on October 19, 1903.)

First Ballot:

Second Ballot:

Third Ballot (Runoff between McInnes and MacDonald):

Fourth Ballot (McInnes eliminated):

(Source: "Canadian Annual Review 1903", pgs. 222-223)

Developments 1909-1912

John Oliver was elected leader by a meeting of the caucus and provincial executive October 10, 1909.

1912 leadership convention

(Held March 1, 1912)

1918 Party Caucus

On March 5, 1918 John Oliver was elected leader on the fourth ballot, defeating James Horace King and John Wallace de Beque Farris. William Sloan and John Duncan MacLean were eliminated on previous ballots.

Source: "Morning Leader", March 6, 1918

Developments 1927-1930

At a party caucus on July 18, 1927 John Oliver resigned as premier and party leader due to ill health. This was refused and John Duncan MacLean was chosen to be his successor as leader and Premier and was made acting Premier while Oliver remained nominal Premier. Oliver died on August 17, 1927 and MacLean become Premier on August 20.

Source: "Morning Leader", July 19, 1927

Following John Duncan MacLean's personal defeat in the 1928 general election Thomas Dufferin Pattullo was unanimously chosen House leader by the Liberal caucus on January 19, 1929. This was confirmed by the party executive on January 21, 1929. He was confirmed as permanent leader at a subsequent convention.

Source: "Vancouver Sun", January 21, 1929

1930 leadership convention

(Held May 30, 1930)

Source: "Montreal Gazette", 31 May 1930

1941 leadership convention

(Held December 2, 1941)

Source: "The Leader Post", 3 December 1941

1947 leadership convention

(Held December 10, 1947)

Source: "Saskatoon Star-Phoenix", 11 December 1947

1953 leadership convention

(Held April 8, 1953)

Source: "Vancouver Sun", 9 April 1953

1959 leadership convention

(Held on May 16, 1959)

Source: "Montreal Gazette", 19 May 1959

1968 leadership convention

(Held on October 5, 1968.)

Source: The Leader-Post, 7 October 1968)

1972 leadership convention

(Held on May 22, 1972.)

1975 leadership convention

(Held on September 28, 1975 in Burnaby, British Columbia.)

1979 leadership convention

(Held on February 19, 1979.)

(Source: Globe and Mail, 19 February 1979)

1981 leadership convention

(Held on May 25, 1981.)

(Note: There were six spoiled ballots.)

1984 leadership convention

(Held on March 31, 1984 in Richmond, British Columbia.)

1987 leadership convention

(Held on October 30, 1987 in Richmond, British Columbia.)

1993 leadership challenge

(Held on September 11, 1993.)

2011 leadership convention

(Held on February 26, 2011)

The rounds were counted in terms of points, with 100 points allocated per electoral district.[1][2]

Candidate First Round Second Round Third Round
Points % Points % Points %
Christy Clark 3,209 37.75 3,575 42.06 4,420 52.0
Kevin Falcon 2,411 28.36 2,564 30.16 4,080 48.0
George Abbott 2,091 24.60 2,361 27.78
Mike de Jong 789 9.28
Total 8,500 100.00 8,500 100.00 8,500 100.0


  1. ^ "Leadership Vote Results". BC Liberals. February 26, 2011. Retrieved February 26, 2011. 
  2. ^ Clark leading after 1st ballot in BC Liberal vote
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