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British Columbia Social Credit Party

  • Corporate body
  • 1949-

The British Columbia Social Credit Party was first registered as the British Columbia Social Credit League in 1949. Lyle Wicks was the first President of the League. In 1951, after crossing the floor and leaving the B.C. Conservative Party, W.A.C. Bennett joined the Social Credit League. When a provincial election was called in 1952, the League chose Rev. Hansell of Alberta as Leader during the term of the election. Social Credit won 19 seats and the C.C.F. party won 18. The elected Social Credit Caucus chose W.A.C. Bennett as their Leader. He became Premier of British Columbia on August 2, 1952. The Social Credit Government had its first session in January 1953 and was defeated on the “Rolston Formula” a bill concerning Education. A new election was called and Social Credit won.
Social Credit continued as government, with an election held every 3 years, until 1972.

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