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This guide will help you find information about federal, provincial and municipal elections and political parties.
Last Updated: Jun 12, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Legislative Chamber, Parliament Buildings. Victoria B.C. date unknown (VPL #18743)

The last provincial general election took place on May 9, 2017 in British Columbia.

This guide is designed to help you to find information on a variety of topics related to the current provincial election. Many resources are available at the Central Library (350 West Georgia Street). Please ask the Information staff if you need help.

Final  Voting Results



The four major provincial parties that contested the 2013 provincial election and their leaders are:

A complete list of Registered political parties with contact info and links to official party websites can be found on the Elections BC website.

The CBC has an updated list of currently nominated candidates for the 2017 election.

Provincial political parties usually display election platforms on their official websites. 

Electoral Districts


Information on voting eligibility requirements, voter identification, where to vote, voting opportunities (e.g. advance voting, absentee voting, alternative absentee voting, and voting by mail), voters needing assistance or needing a translator, and time off from work for voting can be found on the Elections BC website under Voting.

Leaders Debates

  • April 26 hosted by the B.C. Broadcast Consortium.


Recommended Books

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British Columbia Politics and Government - edited by Michael Howland, Dennis Pilon, Tracy Summerville
Call Number: 971.1 B86219h
Publication Date: 2010
Political scientists at BC universities provide detailed analysis of 'politics, governance and players' with emphasis on the past 20 years.

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Christy Clark: behind the smile - Judi Tyabji
Call Number: 971.1 C592w
ISBN: 1772031062
Publication Date: 2016
Biography of the current premier.

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Guide to the Election Act
Call Number: 324.9711 B83pa3
Publication Date: 2008
Election BC's guide to the electoral process in British Columbia. Also available on the Web.

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The Left in British Columbia - a history of struggle - Gordon Hak
Call Number: 324.2711 H15L
Publication Date: 2013
Comprehensive history of the left in British Columbia from the late nineteenth century to the present

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Premiers in Profile - William Rayner
Call Number: 971.1 R27b
Publication Date: 2000
Profiles and an intriguing ranking of the province's premiers from Confederation in 1871 to the new millennium.

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Provinces: Canadian Provincial Politics - Christopher Dunn
Call Number: 320.971 D92p1
Publication Date: 2016
Compares politics and government in all Canadian provinces.

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Big Worlds: Politics and Elections in the Canadian Provinces and Territories - edited by Jared J. Wesley
Call Number: 320.971 B59w
Publication Date: 2016
One chapter is devoted to each province (and one explores the three territories), creating a cross-country survey of politics and elections.


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