Subseries - 1996 provincial election

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1996 provincial election

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  • 1994 - 1996 (predominantly 1995-1996) (Creation)

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Approximately 0.28 linear metres, including:

  • 7 3.5" computer disks (file 411-02)
  • textual records

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Records in this subseries relate to the BC NDP's activities leading up to and following the 1996 Provincial General Election. The 36th Provincial General Election was called on April 30, 1996, and held on May 28, 1996. The BC NDP, under the leadership of Glen Clark, ran a full 75 candidates in the election. Heading into the election the NDP held a 51 seat majority, but Mike Harcourt's resignation surrounding the "Bingogate Scandal" (see: the "Nanaimo Commonwealth Holding Society" subseries in the "Legal proceedings, investigations, and inquiries" series of this fonds) affected the party's public perception, at a time when the BC Liberal party was gaining popularity. Ultimately, the BC NDP secured a narrow majority government, with 39 seats, while the Liberals, previously holding only 17 seats, retained the Official Opposition with 33 seats.

Records in this subseries have been created by the following individuals:


  • Files 409-06 to 410-16, the majority of the files in this subseries, have been created by Jim Kirk, Director of Communications
  • File 410-17 appears to have been created by Hans Brown, former Provincial Secretary and Campaign Manager for the 1996 election
  • Files 410-18 to 411-04 created by Sherry Hyde, Director of Administration
  • File 411-05 appears to have been created by Brian Gardiner, Provincial Secretary

Files include polls, correspondence, memos, drafts and notes, public communications, clippings, financial documents, and other materials related to the 1996 election. File 411-04 contains correspondence around the implementation of recent changes to the Election Act, as well as challenges to the revised Election Act. File 411-05 includes court documents and legal correspondence about a judicial recount in the Okanagan-Boundary electoral district following the election.

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See file 420-18, "Election planning committee", in the "Records of the Director of Organization" series of this fonds for materials from the EPC, 1995-1996.

File 422-11, "Campaign report 1996" in the same series contains several post-election reports from various NDP members, including the Director of Organization.

File 423-11, "Budget" in the "Records of the Director of Organization" series of this fonds includes election and pre-election budgets, 1995-1996. See also File 423-13, "Regional summaries".

File 468-13 in the "Provincial Secretary correspondence" series contains correspondence between Brian Gardiner, BC NDP Provincial Secretary, and Robert (Bob) Patterson, Chief Electoral Officer.

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