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British Columbia general election, 2005

 

British Columbia general election, 2005

British Columbia general election, 2005

May 17, 2005

79 seats of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia
40 seats were needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
 
Leader Gordon Campbell Carole James Adriane Carr
Party Liberal New Democratic Green
Leader since September 11, 1993 November 23, 2003 September 23, 2000
Leader's seat Vancouver-Point Grey Ran in Victoria-Beacon Hill Ran in Powell River-Sunshine Coast (lost)
Last election 77 2 0
Seats won 46 33 0
Seat change -31 +31 0
Popular vote 807,118 731,719 161,849
Percentage 45.80% 41.52% 9.18%
Swing -11.82% +19.96% -3.22%

Popular vote map by riding. Traditional areas of NDP support returned to the party fold after the preceding wipeout.

Premier before election

Gordon Campbell
Liberal

Premier-designate

Gordon Campbell
Liberal

The 38th British Columbia general election was held on May 17, 2005, to elect members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) of the Province of British Columbia (BC), Canada. The British Columbia Liberal Party (BC Liberals) formed the government of the province prior to this general election under the leadership of Premier Gordon Campbell. The main opposition was the British Columbia New Democratic Party (BC NDP), whose electoral representation has been reduced to two MLAs in the previous provincial election in 2001.

The BC Liberals retained power, with a reduced majority of 46 out of 79 seats, down from the record 77 out of 79 in 2001. Voter turnout was 58.2 per cent.

Under amendments to the BC Constitution Act passed in 2001, BC elections are now held on fixed dates: the second Tuesday in May every four years. This was the first provincial election for which elector data in the provincial elector list was synchronised with the National Register of Electors.[1]

Contents

  • Electoral reform referendum 1
  • Results by party 2
  • Results by region 3
  • Timeline 4
    • Pre-campaign period 4.1
    • Campaign period 4.2
  • Opinion polls and predictions 5
  • Political parties 6
    • British Columbia Liberal Party 6.1
    • New Democratic Party of British Columbia 6.2
    • Green Party of British Columbia 6.3
    • Democratic Reform British Columbia 6.4
    • British Columbia Marijuana Party 6.5
    • Minor parties 6.6
  • Candidates 7
    • Northern British Columbia 7.1
    • Kootenay, Columbia and Boundary 7.2
    • Okanagan and Shuswap 7.3
    • Thompson and Cariboo 7.4
    • Fraser Valley 7.5
    • Surrey 7.6
    • Richmond and Delta 7.7
    • Vancouver's eastern suburbs 7.8
    • Vancouver 7.9
    • North Shore and Sunshine Coast 7.10
    • Vancouver Island 7.11
    • Greater Victoria 7.12
  • References 8
  • External links 9

Electoral reform referendum

The BC electoral reform referendum was held in conjunction with this election. This referendum asked voters whether or not they support the proposed electoral reforms of the Citizens' Assembly on Electoral Reform, which included switching to a single transferable vote (STV) system. Had it been approved by 60% of voters in 60% of ridings), the new electoral system would have been implemented for the general election in 2009. Although the proposed reform attracted a clear majority (58% of the popular vote in favour, with 77 out of 79 ridings showing majority support), the level of support was just short of that required for mandatory implementation. A new vote on a revamped version of STV was held in conjunction with the 2009 British Columbia general election.

Results by party

  • Source
Party Party leader # of
candidates
Seats Popular vote
2001 Dissolution Elected % Change # % Change
Liberal Gordon Campbell 79 77 72 46 -40.30% 807,118 45.80% -11.82%
New Democratic Carole James 79 2 3 33 +1,550% 731,719 41.52% +19.96%
Green Adriane Carr 79 - - - - 161,842 9.18% -3.22%
Democratic Reform Tom Morino 38 * 1 - * 14,022 0.80% *
Marijuana Marc Emery 44 - - - - 11,519 0.65% -2.57%
Conservative Barry Chilton 7 - - - - 9,623 0.55% +0.4%
Work Less Conrad Schmidt 11 * - - * 1,642 0.09% *
Libertarian (vacant) 6 * - - * 1,053 0.06% *
Platinum Jeff Evans 11 * - - * 779 0.04% *
Refederation (vacant) 4 * - - * 675 0.04% *
Social Credit (vacant) 2 - - - - 502 0.03% -0.09%
Your Political Party James Filippelli 1 * - - * 442 0.03% *
Western Canada Concept Douglas Christie 2 * - - * 387 0.02% *
People's Front Charles Boylan 5 - - - - 383 0.02% -0.03%
Youth Coalition (vacant) 2 * - - * 369 0.02% *
Moderates (vacant) 2 * - - * 367 0.02% *
Reform (vacant) 1 - - - - 365 0.02% -0.2%
British Columbia Party Grant Mitton 2 * - - * 362 0.02% *
Sex John Ince 3 * - - * 305 0.02% *
Bloc Paddy Roberts 3 * - - * 282 0.02% *
Freedom K.M. Keillor 2 - - - - 282 0.02% -
Communist George Gidora 3 - - - - 244 0.01% -0.01%
Unity Daniel Stelmacker 1 - - - - 224 0.01% -3.22%
Emerged Democracy Tony Luck 1 * - - * 151 0.01% *
Patriot Andrew Hokhold 2 - - - - 90 0.01% -
     Independent / Non-affiliated 28 - 1 - - 17,599 1.00% +0.03%
Vacant 2  
Total 418 79 79 79   1,762,343 100% +5.43%

* denotes that the party did not contest the election in question

Results by region

Party name Van. Van.
East
Sub.
North
Shore
/
Sun. C.
Rich./
Delta/
Surrey
Van.
Island
Fraser
Valley
Interior North Total
  BC Liberal Seats: 5 4 4 7 4 7 9 6 46
  Popular Vote: 44.3% 44.9% 49.6% 48.2% 40.7% 53.2% 44.9% 48.8% 45.8%
     New Democrats Seats: 5 4 1 5 9 1 6 2 33
     Popular Vote: 43.7% 45.3% 30.7% 39.6% 47.1% 35.2% 41.5% 38.7% 41.5%
Total seats: 10 8 5 12 13 8 15 8 79
Parties that won no seats:
Green Popular Vote: 9.6% 7.7% 18.0% 7.1% 9.6% 8.9% 8.6% 7.1% 9.2%
Democratic Reform Popular Vote: 0.1% 0.8% 0.1% 0.6% 1.4% 0.7% 0.9% 1.0% 0.8%
Marijuana Popular Vote: 0.9% 0.5% 0.5% 0.7% 0.3% 1.1% 0.7% 0.9% 0.7%
Conservative Popular Vote: - - 0.4% 0.1% - - 2.4% - 0.6%
Work Less Popular Vote: 0.4% - 0.2% xx 0.1% - - - 0.1%
Libertarian Popular Vote: 0.3% 0.1% - - - - - - 0.1%
Platinum Popular Vote: 0.1% 0.1% - xx - 0.2% - - xx
Refederation Popular Vote: - - 0.1% - 0.1% - - - xx
Social Credit Popular Vote: 0.1% 0.1% - - - - - - xx
Your Political Party Popular Vote: - 0.2% - - - - - - xx
Western Canada Concept Popular Vote: - - - - 0.1% - - - xx
People's Front Popular Vote: 0.1% - - - xx - xx xx xx
Youth Coalition Popular Vote: - - - - - 0.2% - - xx
Moderates Popular Vote: - - - - - 0.2% - - xx
Reform Popular Vote: - - 0.3% - - - - - xx
British Columbia Party Popular Vote: - - - 0.1% - - - 0.2% xx
Sex Popular Vote: 0.1% - - - - - - - xx
Bloc Popular Vote: - - - - - - 0.1% - xx
Freedom Popular Vote: - - - - xx 0.1% - - xx
Communist Popular Vote: xx - - xx - - xx - xx
Unity Popular Vote: - - - - - - - 0.2% xx
Emerged Democracy Popular Vote: - - - 0.1% - - - - xx
Patriot Popular Vote: - - - - - - xx - xx
     Independents/
No Affiliation
Popular Vote: 0.2% 0.3% - 3.5% 0.5% 0.2% 0.7% 3.1% 1.0%

xx Denotes party received less than 0.1%

Timeline

Pre-campaign period

  • August 30, 2001 - Bill 7, Constitution Amendment Act is passed, fixing the date of the election at May 17, 2005.
  • November 13, 2002 - Shirley Bond. BC Rail was subsequently sold to CN in what other bidders have described as a corrupted process, and BC Hydro's administrative arm was sold to Accenture.
  • January 9, 2003 - Premier Gordon Campbell is arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol on Maui. Because drunk driving is not a criminal offence in the state of Hawaii, but only a misdemeanour, Campbell did not resign his seat as he would have had to in Canada, and due to pressure from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) he attended Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and a series of speaking engagements condemning drinking and driving.
  • December 28, 2003 - the RCMP execute search warrants on various locations in the Lower Mainland and Greater Victoria, including offices in the Parliament Buildings in Victoria, in relation to suspicious dealings in relation to the bidding process for the sale of BC Rail (see BC Legislature Raids).
  • March 22, 2004 - Liberal MLA Elayne Brenzinger quits the caucus citing a "secret agenda" being understaken by Premier Campbell in relation to the sale of BC Rail.[2]
  • September 17, 2004 - Deputy Premier Christy Clark, whose house had been searched under warrant by the RCMP in connection with the BC Legislature Raids investigation, quit politics saying she wanted to spend more time with her family.
  • December 14, 2004 - In the wake of revelations he had been under surveillance by the RCMP in connection with dealings concerning the sale of BC Rail, Liberal Finance Minister Gary Farrell-Collins abruptly resigns from cabinet and the legislature despite having been named co-chair of the Liberal re-election campaign a month earlier. The move requires Premier Campbell to undertake a minor cabinet shuffle.
  • January 31, 2005 - Liberal MLA and then-cabinet minister Sandy Santori resigns from his seat in the Legislature in a dispute over the deletion of emails by Premier Gordon Campbell's Deputy Minister to the Premier, Ken Dobell.[3]
  • March 11, 2005 - Attorney-General Geoff Plant announces that he will not seek re-election.
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