British Columbia

BC Liberals Win Election, STV Defeated

By Greg Farries on May 13, 2009

It looks like British Columbian's have given the Gordon Campbell Liberal party a third straight mandate to govern.

B.C. Liberal Leader Gordon Campbell has won an historic third straight term as the province's premier. Preliminary results in Tuesday's B.C. election show Campbell's Liberals leading with 45.7 per cent of the popular vote, ahead of Carole James's NDP at 42.2 per cent.

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2009 British Columbia General Election

Feature by Jay Makarenko || Apr 21, 2009

On May 12, 2009, British Columbians elected the provincial Liberal Party, helmed by Gordon Campbell, to its third consecutive term in office. The 2009 election was dominated by economic and financial issues as the province attempts to deal with the global economic slowdown, rising unemployment, and government deficits. Additionally, the election coincided with a provincial referendum on electoral reform, in which the proposed change to a BC-STV system of electing representatives was defeated.

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Provincial Government in Canada: Organization, Institutions & Issues

Feature by Jay Makarenko || Mar 4, 2009

Canada’s provinces are an integral layer of the nation’s governmental system. Under Canada’s Constitution, provincial governments have many key powers and jurisdictions, such as the provision of fundamental social services (for example, health, education and welfare), control over civil and property rights, and power over local government. This article explores provincial government in Canada, focusing on the key topics of the provinces as a level of government; provincial political, financial and administrative institutions; and issues and debates in provincial government.

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Almanac: Jane Sterk

Jane Sterk has been leader of the Green Party of British Columbia since October 21, 2007. The party won 8.10 percent of the vote in the election held on May 12, 2009, however, it did not win any seats. The party had candidates in all the province’s ridings.

It was the first election for Sterk as leader; she will continue in this position as the party builds towards the next election to be held in 2013.

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Almanac: Wilf Hanni

Find a detailed biography of Wilf Hanni, leader of the British Columbia Conservative Party.Read More »

Almanac: Carole James

Carole James is the leader of the British Columbia Official Opposition and the leader of the New Democratic Party of British Columbia. James is the member of the legislature assembly (MLA) for the riding of Victoria—Beacon Hill in British Columbia, Canada.

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Almanac: Gordon Campbell

Find a detailed biography of the Honourable Gordon Campbell, British Columbia’s 34th premier and leader of the BC Liberal Party. He represents the riding of Vancouver Point Grey in British Columbia, Canada.

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Almanac: British Columbia Election Info

Find provincial election information and links to important background information on elections in British Columbia.

2009 Election Results & Current Party Standings


table id="voter-data-table" cellspacing="0" summary="Current Political Party Standings in British Columbia"> Political Parties

<th scope="col">2009</th>
<th scope="col">Voter %</th>
<th scope="col">Current</th>

Liberal Party 49

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2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics

On July 2, 2003, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge announced that Vancouver would host the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

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2005 British Columbia General Election

Feature by Jay Makarenko || Apr 1, 2005

British Columbia voters went to the polls on May 17, 2005, re-electing Premier Gordon Campbell's Liberals to a second majority government, and narrowly defeating a referendum on changing the provin

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