Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Fall sittings of the Legislature in BC - not traditionally that common

Since 1970 we have had a real fall sitting  of the BC Legislature 20 times.  The premiers most dedicated to holding fall sessions were Gordon Campbell and Dave Barrett.

 Here is a list of the dates the BC legislature sat in the last 43 years:

Colours reflect the governing party, bold indicates a year with a full fall sitting.  Notes try to explain some of the reasons there were one of sitting days or breaks in sittings.
1970 Jan 22nd - April 3rd
1971 Jan 21nd - April 2nd
1972 Jan 20th - March 30th, Oct 17-27th (new parliament)
1973 Jan 25th - April 19th, Sept 13 - Nov 7th
1974 Jan 31st - June 20th, Aug 9th(back to work legislation), Nov 1st-26th
1975 Feb 18th - June 26th, Oct 7th (back to work legislation) 
1976 March 16th - June 30th,
1977 Jan 13th - April 6th, June 13th - Oct 21st
1978 March 29th - June 29th, Dec 8th (back to work legislation)
1979 March 21st - April 3rd, June 6th - August 2nd (new parliament)
1980 Feb 28th - Aug 22nd, Dec 3rd - Dec 12th (change of session)
1981 March 9th - July 7th, Nov 23rd - Dec 1st (change of session)
1982 April 5th - July 29th, Sept 13th - Oct 7th
1983 June 23rd - Oct 21st - not really a fall or spring sitting
1984 Jan 30th - Feb 9th, Feb 13th -  May 16th (change of session), September 13th  (back to work legisation)
1985 Feb 11th - Feb 21st, March 4th - June 28th (change of session), Nov 20th - Dec 2nd
1986 March 10th - June 17th
1987 March 9th - July 16th, Nov 24th - Dec 17th
1988 Feb 23rd - March 11th, March 15th - June 29th (change of session)
1989 March 15th - July 20th
1990 April 5th - July 25th
1991 March 11th - March 22nd, May 7th - June 27th (change of session)
1992 March 17 - July 3rd, Oct 20th - Dec 15th
1993 March 18th - July 29th
1994 March 14th - July 8th 
1995 March 13th - July 13th
1996 April 25th - 30th, June 25th - Aug 15th (new parliament)
1997 March 24th - July 30th
1998 Feb 10th (100th anniversary of legislature buildings) March 26th - July 30th, Nov 30th - Dec 14th
1999 Jan 13th - July 15th 
2000 March 15th - July 6th, Sept 17th, Dec 7th 
2001 March 14th - April 11th, June 19th, July 24th - Aug 27th (new parliament)
2002 Jan 25th - 27th (back to work legislation), Feb 12th - May 30th, Oct 7th - Nov 26th
2003 Feb 11th - May 29th, Oct 6th - Dec 16th
2004 Feb 10th - May 20th, Oct 4th - 26th
2005 Feb 8th - March 10th, Sept 12th - Nov 24th (new parliament)
2006 Feb 14th - May 18th, Nov 22nd - Nov 27th
2007 Feb 13th - May 31st, Oct 15th - Nov 29th
2008 Feb 12th - May 29th, Nov 20th - Nov 27th
2009 Jan 17th(Vancouver charter amended at Vancouver's request), Feb 9th - March 31st, Aug 25th - Nov 26th (new parliament)
2010 Feb 9th - June 3rd
2011 Feb 14th - June 2nd, Oct 3rd - Nov 24th
2012 Feb 14th - May 31st

Holding elections in May more or less requires a fall sitting because there is a new parliament and business that needs to be attended to.

Number of fall sittings held by each premier

  • Gordon Campbell 8
  • Bill Bennett 5
  • Dave Barrett 3
  • Christy Clark 1
  • Glen Clark 1
  • Mike Harcourt 1
  • Bill Vander Zalm 1
  • Dan Miller 0
  • Ujjal Dosanjh 0
  • WAC Bennett 0 ( I have not gone back before 1970 so there may be fallings in the 1960s 50s held by WAC Bennett)

The NDP of the 1990s was not a government that seemed at all keen on holding a fall sitting of the legislature, I have no idea if this will be the case again should they form the government next May.
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