48 seats of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia
25 seats needed for a majority
The 1949 British Columbia general election was the 22nd general 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 April 16, 1949, and held on June 15, 1949. The new legislature met for the first time on February 14, 1950.
The centre-right coalition formed by the Liberal and Conservative parties in order to defeat the social democratic Co-operative Commonwealth Federation in the 1945 election increased its share of the vote and its majority in the legislature.
Three different social credit groupings nominated or endorsed candidates in the election: the Social Credit Party, the Social Credit League, and the Union of Electors.
|Party||Party leader||# of
|1945||Elected||% Change||#||%||% Change|
|Liberal||Coalition||Byron Ingemar Johnson||48||37||39||+5.4%||428,773||61.35%||+5.52%|
|Progressive Conservative||Herbert Anscomb|
|Co-operative Commonwealth Fed.||Harold Winch||48||10||7||-30.0%||245,284||35.10%||-2.52%|
|Social Credit Party1||7||*||-||*||8,464||1.21%||*|
|Social Credit League1||9||*||-||*||3,072||0.44%||*|
|Union of Electors1||Andrew Henry Jukes||12||*||-||*||2,790||0.40%||*|
|People's Co-operative Commonwealth||1||-||-||-||470||0.07%||-0.53%|
|Sources: Elections BC|
* Party did not nominate candidates in the previous election.
1 Various social credit groups nominated 16 candidates in the 1945 election as part of a Social Credit "alliance". These candidates won 6,627 votes, 1.42% of the popular vote in that election.
2 The candidate, running independently from the Liberal-PC Coalition, is listed as "Conservative" rather than "Progressive Conservative" in the Statement of Votes.