In this election, people vote for the person they want to speak for them in the Government of BC. This person usually belongs to a “political party”. A political party is an organization that has certain ideas about how to run the province. Every political party has a Leader, but the Leader’s name is not on the ballot. The ballot only has the name of the local person who is a candidate in your area and the name of the political party they are with. There are 26 political parties registered in BC, but only four of those parties run candidates in almost every riding (see below). There are also many candidates running as an independent, which means they don’t belong to any political party.
- BC New Democratic Party – Adrian Dix: www.bcndp.ca
- BC Liberal Party – Christy Clark: www.bcliberals.com
- BC Conservative Party – John Cummins: www.bcconservative.ca
- Green Party of BC – Jane Sterk: www.greenparty.bc.ca
These party websites will have information on each party’s platform. A platform talks about what the party believes and the things that they will do if they are elected.
You can phone Elections BC 1-800-661-8683 / TTY 1-888-456-5448 or visit their website www.elections.bc.ca to find out which parties have candidates in your riding.
If you want to know more about the specific candidates who are running for election in your community, visit their campaign offices or go to an all candidates meeting.