British Columbia Conservative Party

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British Columbia Conservative Party

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  • BC Conservative Party

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  • BC Conservatives; Tories

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The British Columbia Conservative Party was formed in 1900 and fought its first provincial election under the party system in 1903. They formed the government under Premier Richard McBride. They held power under McBride, and his successor William John Bowser, until their defeat by the Liberals in 1916. The party returned to power in 1928 under the leadership of Simon Fraser Tolmie but were unable to continue when the Great Depression hit. In 1941, under leader Royal Maitland, they formed a coalition with the Liberal Party; and in 1942 they changed their name to the "BC Progressive Conservative Party". Maitland was replaced by Herbert Anscomb in 1946 and the coalition party was dissolved in 1951.

When the Social Credit League won the 1952 election, the Conservative Party dropped down to four seats. Between 1956 and 1972, they had no seats at all in the Legislative Assembly. In the 1972 election they did win two seats and G. Scott Wallace became the party leader in 1973 but this trend did not last. Vic Stephens was the last Conservative member to be elected (in a 1978 by-election) but lost his seat the following year in the general election.

In 1991 the party changed its name back to the BC Conservative Party.


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Revised Khughes 2020-04-08




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