1972 British Columbia general election

The 1972 British Columbia general election was held on August 30. Dave Barrett's New Democratic Party won a majority of seats and W. A. C. Bennett's Social Credit Party formed the opposition.

1972 British Columbia general election

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55 seats to the 30th Legislative Assembly of British Columbia
28 seats were needed for a majority
  First party Second party
 
NDP
W.A.C. Bennett (cropped).jpg
Leader Dave Barrett W. A. C. Bennett
Party New Democratic Social Credit
Leader's seat Coquitlam South Okanagan
Last election 12 seats, 33.92% 38 seats, 46.79%
Seats won 38 10
Seat change Increase 26 Decrease 28
Popular vote 448,260 352,776
Percentage 39.59% 31.16%
Swing Increase 5.67pp Decrease 15.63pp

  Third party Fourth party
  David Anderson April 2011 (cropped).jpg
PC
Leader David Anderson Derril Thomas Warren
Party Liberal Progressive Conservative
Leader's seat Victoria Ran in North Vancouver-Seymour (lost)
Last election 5 seats, 19.03% 0 seats, 0.11%
Seats won 5 2
Seat change Steady 0 Increase 2
Popular vote 185,640 143,450
Percentage 16.40% 12.67%
Swing Decrease 2.63pp Increase12.56pp

Premier before election

W. A. C. Bennett
Social Credit

Premier after election

Dave Barrett
New Democratic