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Legislative Assembly of British Columbia

The Legislative Assembly of British Columbia is the deliberative assembly of the Parliament of British Columbia, in the province of British Columbia, Canada. The Legislative Assembly meets in Victoria. Members are elected from provincial ridings and are referred to as Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs). Bills passed by the legislature are given royal assent by Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada, represented by the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia.[2]

Legislative Assembly of British Columbia
41st Parliament of British Columbia
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type
History
FoundedJuly 20, 1871 (1871-07-20)
Preceded byLegislative Council
Leadership
Darryl Plecas, Independent
since September 8, 2017
John Horgan, BC NDP
since July 18, 2017
Andrew Wilkinson, BC Liberal
since February 3, 2018
Government House Leader
Opposition House Leader
Structure
Seats87
British Columbia 41st Legislature Seating Plan.svg
Political groups
Government
     NDP (41)
Confidence and supply
     Green (3)
Opposition
     Liberal (41)
Others
     Independent (2)
Elections
Last election
May 9, 2017
Next election
42nd British Columbia general election
Meeting place
BC Legislature Buildings.jpg
Parliament Building, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Website
leg.bc.ca
Located in Victoria, British Columbia and officially opened in 1898 with a 500-foot-long facade (150 m), central dome, two end pavilions, and a gold-covered statue of Captain George Vancouver, the British Columbia Parliament Buildings is home to the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia.
The Parliament Buildings roof with a gold-covered statue of Captain George Vancouver
The Legislative Buildings, Victoria, British Columbia. (Pacific Undersea Gardens also pictured.)
The Legislative Assembly of British Columbia in session, 1921
The Legislative Chamber

The current Parliament is the 41st Parliament. The most recent general election was the British Columbia general election held on May 9, 2017. The next election is scheduled to be held on May 11, 2021, if the legislative assembly is not to be dissolved earlier.

Proceedings of the Legislative Assembly are broadcast to cable viewers in the province by Hansard Broadcasting Services.

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Recent ParliamentsEdit

Parliament Start End Premier Opposition leader
31st 1975 1979 Social Credit Bill Bennett New Democratic Dave Barrett
32nd 1979 1983 Social Credit Bill Bennett New Democratic Dave Barrett
33rd 1983 1986 Social Credit Bill Bennett New Democratic Dave Barrett
Social Credit Bill Bennett New Democratic Bob Skelly
34th 1987 1991 Social Credit Bill Vander Zalm New Democratic Bob Skelly
Social Credit Rita Johnston New Democratic Bob Skelly
35th 1991 1996 New Democratic Mike Harcourt Liberal Gordon Wilson
New Democratic Mike Harcourt Liberal Gordon Campbell
36th 1996 2001 New Democratic Glen Clark Liberal Gordon Campbell
New Democratic Dan Miller Liberal Gordon Campbell
New Democratic Ujjal Dosanjh Liberal Gordon Campbell
37th 2001 2005 Liberal Gordon Campbell New Democratic Joy MacPhail
38th 2005 2009 Liberal Gordon Campbell New Democratic Carole James
39th 2009 2013 Liberal Gordon Campbell New Democratic Dawn Black
Liberal Christy Clark New Democratic Dawn Black
Liberal Christy Clark New Democratic Adrian Dix
40th 2013 2017 Liberal Christy Clark New Democratic Adrian Dix
Liberal Christy Clark New Democratic John Horgan
41st 2017 present Liberal Christy Clark New Democratic John Horgan
New Democratic John Horgan Liberal Christy Clark
New Democratic John Horgan Liberal Rich Coleman
New Democratic John Horgan Liberal Andrew Wilkinson

Party standings in the 41st ParliamentEdit

Member Party Electoral district
  Darryl Plecas Liberal Abbotsford South
  Ind.
  Mike de Jong Liberal Abbotsford West
  Simon Gibson Liberal Abbotsford-Mission
  Linda Larson Liberal Boundary-Similkameen
     Anne Kang NDP Burnaby-Deer Lake
     Raj Chouhan NDP Burnaby-Edmonds
     Katrina Chen NDP Burnaby-Lougheed
     Janet Routledge NDP Burnaby North
  Donna Barnett Liberal Cariboo-Chilcotin
  Coralee Oakes Liberal Cariboo North
  John Martin Liberal Chilliwack
  Laurie Throness Liberal Chilliwack-Kent
  Doug Clovechok Liberal Columbia River-Revelstoke
  Joan Isaacs Liberal Coquitlam-Burke Mountain
     Selina Robinson NDP Coquitlam-Maillardville
     Ronna-Rae Leonard NDP Courtenay-Comox
  Sonia Furstenau Green Cowichan Valley
     Ravi Kahlon NDP Delta North
  Ian Paton Liberal Delta South
     Mitzi Dean NDP Esquimalt-Metchosin
  Jackie Tegart Liberal Fraser-Nicola
  Peter Milobar Liberal Kamloops-North Thompson
  Todd Stone Liberal Kamloops-South Thompson
  Norm Letnick Liberal Kelowna-Lake Country
  Steve Thomson Liberal Kelowna-Mission
  Christy Clark (to August 4, 2017) Liberal Kelowna West
  Ben Stewart (from February 14, 2018) Liberal
  Ind.
  Tom Shypitka Liberal Kootenay East
     Katrine Conroy NDP Kootenay West
     John Horgan NDP Langford-Juan de Fuca
  Mary Polak Liberal Langley
  Rich Coleman Liberal Langley East
     Bob D'Eith NDP Maple Ridge-Mission
     Lisa Beare NDP Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows
     Scott Fraser NDP Mid Island-Pacific Rim
     Leonard Krog (to November 30, 2018) NDP Nanaimo
     Sheila Malcolmson (from January 30, 2019) NDP
     Doug Routley NDP Nanaimo-North Cowichan
  John Rustad Liberal Nechako Lakes
     Michelle Mungall NDP Nelson-Creston
     Judy Darcy NDP New Westminster
     Jennifer Rice NDP North Coast
     Claire Trevena NDP North Island
     Bowinn Ma NDP North Vancouver-Lonsdale
  Jane Thornthwaite Liberal North Vancouver-Seymour
  Andrew Weaver Green Oak Bay-Gordon Head
  Michelle Stilwell Liberal Parksville-Qualicum
  Dan Davies Liberal Peace River North
  Mike Bernier Liberal Peace River South
  Dan Ashton Liberal Penticton
     Mike Farnworth NDP Port Coquitlam
     Rick Glumac NDP Port Moody-Coquitlam
     Nicholas Simons NDP Powell River-Sunshine Coast
  Mike Morris Liberal Prince George-Mackenzie
  Shirley Bond Liberal Prince George-Valemount
  Teresa Wat Liberal Richmond North Centre
  Linda Reid Liberal Richmond South Centre
  Jas Johal Liberal Richmond-Queensborough
  John Yap Liberal Richmond-Steveston
  Adam Olsen Green Saanich North and the Islands
     Lana Popham NDP Saanich South
  Greg Kyllo Liberal Shuswap
  Ellis Ross Liberal Skeena
     Doug Donaldson NDP Stikine
  Marvin Hunt Liberal Surrey-Cloverdale
     Jagrup Brar NDP Surrey-Fleetwood
     Rachna Singh NDP Surrey-Green Timbers
     Garry Begg NDP Surrey-Guildford
     Harry Bains NDP Surrey-Newton
     Jinny Sims NDP Surrey-Panorama
  Stephanie Cadieux Liberal Surrey South
     Bruce Ralston NDP Surrey-Whalley
  Tracy Redies Liberal Surrey-White Rock
     George Heyman NDP Vancouver-Fairview
  Sam Sullivan Liberal Vancouver-False Creek
     George Chow NDP Vancouver-Fraserview
     Shane Simpson NDP Vancouver-Hastings
     Mable Elmore NDP Vancouver-Kensington
     Adrian Dix NDP Vancouver-Kingsway
  Michael Lee Liberal Vancouver-Langara
     Melanie Mark NDP Vancouver-Mount Pleasant
     David Eby NDP Vancouver-Point Grey
  Andrew Wilkinson Liberal Vancouver-Quilchena
     Spencer Chandra Herbert NDP Vancouver-West End
  Eric Foster Liberal Vernon-Monashee
     Carole James NDP Victoria-Beacon Hill
     Rob Fleming NDP Victoria-Swan Lake
  Ralph Sultan Liberal West Vancouver-Capilano
  Jordan Sturdy Liberal West Vancouver-Sea to Sky

Seating plan to the 41st Parliament during Liberal Party governmentEdit

Chouhan Kahlon Begg Brar D'Eith
Rice Eby Mungall Chen Bains Elmore Kang Popham Trevena Donaldson Krog Heyman Routley Simons Beare Sims Dean Routledge Singh Glumac
Darcy Simpson Robinson Farnworth HORGAN James Ralston Dix Mark Fleming Conroy Herbert Chow Ma Leonard Fraser WEAVER Furstenau Olsen
Thomson
Cadieux Stone Polak De Jong CLARK Coleman Wilkinson Reid Bond Bernier Sullivan Lee Tegart Yap Redies Sultan Thornthwaite Martin
Stilwell Oakes Letnick Wat Johal Sturdy Rustad Ross Morris Barnett Clovechok Isaacs Hunt Gibson Ashton Davies Paton Throness Shypitka Plecas
Kyllo Milobar Larson Foster

Seating plan to the 41st Parliament during New Democratic Party governmentEdit

Reid Wat Larson Foster
Polak Morris Stilwell Ashton Oakes Thomson Sturdy Ross Isaacs Milobar Thornthwaite Clovechok Yap Redies Paton Gibson Sultan Shypitka
Cadieux Rustad Bond De Jong WILKINSON Coleman Kyllo Stone Bernier Letnick Johal Lee Hunt Barnett Tegart Martin Throness Davies Sullivan Stewart
Plecas
Darcy Simpson Robinson Farnworth HORGAN James Eby Dix Ralston Mark Fleming Conroy Fraser Herbert Rice Malcomson Furstenau WEAVER Olsen Glumac
Heyman Donaldson Mungall Bains Beare Chen Popham Trevena Sims Chow Kang Simons D'Eith Routley Elmore Ma Dean Routledge Singh
Chouhan Kahlon Begg Brar Leonard

Standings changesEdit

Number of members
per party by date
2017 2018 2019
May 9 July 18 August 4 September 9 February 14 November 30 January 30 August 1
Liberal 43 42 41 42 41
New Democratic 41 40 41
Green 3
Independent 0 1 2
  Total members 87 86 85 86
Vacant 0 1 0 1 0
Government majority
–1 –3 –2 –3 –4 –3
Government with confidence-and-supply partners majority
–1 1 2 1 0 1 1
Membership changes in the 41st Parliament
Date Name District Party Reason
  May 9, 2017 See list of members Election day of the 41st British Columbia general election
  July 18, 2017 No change Swearing in of the NDP government (with confidence and supply from the Green Party), following the defeat of the Liberal government in a confidence vote.
  August 4, 2017 Christy Clark Kelowna West Liberal Resigned her seat and as Liberal Party leader, following the defeat of her government and the swearing in of the New Democratic Party government.
  September 9, 2017 Darryl Plecas Abbotsford South Independent Expelled from the Liberal caucus the day after being elected Speaker. He and the rest of the caucus had previously agreed not to serve as Speaker for a New Democratic Party government.
  February 14, 2018 Ben Stewart Kelowna West Liberal Elected in by-election; Liberal hold.
  November 30, 2018 Leonard Krog Nanaimo New Democratic Party Resigned seat after being elected mayor of Nanaimo.
  January 30, 2019 Sheila Malcolmson Nanaimo New Democratic Party Elected in by-election; NDP hold.
  August 1, 2019 Ben Stewart Kelowna West Independent Left BC Liberal Caucus after news of an Elections BC investigation regarding him exceeding limits on donations in 2019

OfficeholdersEdit

SpeakerEdit

Other chair occupantsEdit

LeadersEdit

House leadersEdit

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Former AG's appointment caps day of confusion at B.C. Legislature". November 22, 2018. Retrieved November 22, 2018.
  2. ^ UK Parliament. Order of Her Majesty in Council admitting British Columbia into the Union, dated the 16th day of May 1871 as made, from legislation.gov.uk.

Coordinates: 48°25′10″N 123°22′13″W / 48.4195°N 123.3703°W / 48.4195; -123.3703