Legislative Assembly of British Columbia

Legislative Assembly of British Columbia
40th Parliament of British Columbia
Coat of arms or logo
Founded July 20, 1871 (1871-07-20)
Preceded by none
Linda Reid, Liberal
Since June 26, 2013
Christy Clark, Liberal
Since March 14, 2011
John Horgan, NDP
Since May 4, 2014
House Leader
Rich Coleman, Liberal
Since March 14, 2011
House Leader
Bruce Ralston, NDP
Since March 18, 2014
Seats 85
Political groups

Governing Party

Opposition Parties

  •   NDP (35)
  •   Green (1)
  •   Independent (1)
Last election
May 14, 2013
Next election
May 9, 2017 or earlier
Meeting place
Parliament Building, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
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 legislature of British Columbia in session, 1921
Legislative Chamber

The Legislative Assembly of British Columbia is one of two components of the Parliament of British Columbia, while the other is the Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia.[1]

The Legislature meets in Victoria. Members are elected from provincial ridings and are referred to as Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs). The current Parliament is the 40th Parliament. The most recent general election was the British Columbia general election held on May 14, 2013.

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


Legislature Start End Premier Opposition Leader
29th 1970 1972 Social Credit W. A. C. Bennett New Democratic Thomas R. Berger
New Democratic Dave Barrett
30th 1972 1975 New Democratic Dave Barrett Social Credit W. A. C. Bennett
Social Credit Bill Bennett
31st 1975 1979 Social Credit Bill Bennett New Democratic Dave Barrett
32nd 1979 1982
33rd 1983 1986
New Democratic Bob Skelly
34th 1987 1991 Social Credit Bill Vander Zalm
Social Credit Rita Johnston
35th 1992 1996 New Democratic Mike Harcourt Liberal Gordon Wilson
36th 1996 2001 New Democratic Glen Clark Liberal Gordon Campbell
New Democratic Dan Miller
New Democratic Ujjal Dosanjh      
37th 2001 2005 Liberal Gordon Campbell New Democratic Joy MacPhail
38th 2005 2009 New Democratic Carole James
39th 2009 2013 New Democratic Dawn Black
Liberal Christy Clark
New Democratic Adrian Dix
40th (current) 2013
New Democratic John Horgan

Current members

Member Party Electoral district
  Darryl Plecas Liberal Abbotsford South
  Mike de Jong Liberal Abbotsford West
  Simon Gibson Liberal Abbotsford-Mission
     Scott Fraser NDP Alberni-Pacific Rim
  Linda Larson Liberal Boundary-Similkameen
     Kathy Corrigan NDP Burnaby-Deer Lake
     Raj Chouhan NDP Burnaby-Edmonds
     Jane Shin NDP Burnaby-Lougheed
  Richard Lee Liberal Burnaby North
  Donna Barnett Liberal Cariboo-Chilcotin
  Coralee Oakes Liberal Cariboo North
  John Martin Liberal Chilliwack
  Laurie Throness Liberal Chilliwack-Hope
     Norm Macdonald NDP Columbia River-Revelstoke
  Don McRae Liberal Comox Valley
  Jodie Wickens NDP Coquitlam-Burke Mountain
  Selina Robinson NDP Coquitlam-Maillardville
     Bill Routley NDP Cowichan Valley
  Scott Hamilton Liberal Delta North
     Vicki Huntington Independent Delta South
     Maurine Karagianis NDP Esquimalt-Royal Roads
  Rich Coleman Liberal Fort Langley-Aldergrove
  Jackie Tegart Liberal Fraser-Nicola
     John Horgan NDP Juan de Fuca
  Terry Lake Liberal Kamloops-North Thompson
  Todd Stone Liberal Kamloops-South Thompson
  Norm Letnick Liberal Kelowna-Lake Country
  Steve Thomson Liberal Kelowna-Mission
  Bill Bennett Liberal Kootenay East
     Katrine Conroy NDP Kootenay West
  Mary Polak Liberal Langley
  Marc Dalton Liberal Maple Ridge-Mission
  Doug Bing Liberal Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows
     Leonard Krog NDP Nanaimo
     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
  Naomi Yamamoto Liberal North Vancouver-Lonsdale
  Jane Thornthwaite Liberal North Vancouver-Seymour
  Andrew J. Weaver Green Oak Bay-Gordon Head
  Michelle Stilwell Liberal Parksville-Qualicum
  Pat Pimm Liberal Peace River North
  Mike Bernier Liberal Peace River South
  Dan Ashton Liberal Penticton
     Mike Farnworth NDP Port Coquitlam
  Linda Reimer Liberal 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 Centre
  Linda Reid Liberal Richmond East
  John Yap Liberal Richmond-Steveston
     Gary Holman NDP Saanich North and the Islands
     Lana Popham NDP Saanich South
  Greg Kyllo Liberal Shuswap
     Robin Austin NDP Skeena
     Doug Donaldson NDP Stikine
  Stephanie Cadieux Liberal Surrey-Cloverdale
  Peter Fassbender Liberal Surrey-Fleetwood
     Sue Hammell NDP Surrey-Green Timbers
     Harry Bains NDP Surrey-Newton
  Marvin Hunt Liberal Surrey-Panorama
  Amrik Virk Liberal Surrey-Tynehead
     Bruce Ralston NDP Surrey-Whalley
  Gordon Hogg Liberal Surrey-White Rock
     George Heyman NDP Vancouver-Fairview
  Sam Sullivan Liberal Vancouver-False Creek
  Suzanne Anton Liberal Vancouver-Fraserview
     Shane Simpson NDP Vancouver-Hastings
     Mable Elmore NDP Vancouver-Kensington
     Adrian Dix NDP Vancouver-Kingsway
  Moira Stilwell 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
  Christy Clark Liberal Westside-Kelowna

Current party standings

Seating plan to the 40th Parliament

Standings changes

Number of members
per party by date
2013 2015 2016
May 14 June 5 July 10 February 12 August 4 August 11 August 12 February 2
  Liberal 49 48 49 48 47 48
     NDP 34 33 35
  Green 1
     Independent 1 2 1
  Total members 85 84 85 84 83 85
Vacant 0 1 0 1 2 0
  Government Majority 13 12 13 12 13 12 13 11
Membership changes in the 40th Assembly
Date Name District Party Reason
  May 14, 2013 See list of members Election day of the 40th British Columbia general election
  June 11, 2013 Ben Stewart Westside-Kelowna Liberal Resigned to allow party leader Christy Clark to contest the seat in a by-election, following her defeat in Vancouver-Point Grey on election day.[2]
  July 10, 2013 Christy Clark Westside-Kelowna Liberal Elected in by-election; Liberal hold.
  February 12, 2015 Marc Dalton Maple Ridge-Mission Independent Left BC Liberal caucus to seek Conservative Party of Canada nomination in Pitt Meadows—Maple Ridge—Mission.[3]
  August 4, 2015 Jenny Kwan Vancouver-Mount Pleasant NDP Resigned to run in the federal election.
  August 11, 2015 Douglas Horne Coquitlam-Burke Mountain Liberal Resigned to run in the federal election.
  August 12, 2015 Marc Dalton Maple Ridge-Mission Liberal Rejoined BC Liberal caucus after losing Conservative Party of Canada nomination in Pitt Meadows—Maple Ridge—Mission.
  February 2, 2016 Jodie Wickens Coquitlam-Burke Mountain NDP Elected in by-election; NDP gain
  February 2, 2016 Melanie Mark Vancouver-Mount Pleasant NDP Elected in by-election; NDP hold.



Other Chair occupants


House leaders


See also


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