The NDP went into 1986 being the odds on favorites to win the election. Bill Bennett was a spent political force and the province was still angry about restraint. But then Expo 86 happened and was success, the Socreds changed leaders to the charasmatic Bill Vander Zalm. Meanwhile the NDP managed to run a campaign that seemed to be designed to drive the public away.
The ad above is just one example of the campaign. Meanwhile the leader Bob Skelly had a disasterous press conference at the start of the campaign and never recovered.
In this election I was an active volunteer for the BC NDP because I was a fan of Bob Skelly. I joined the NDP to vote for him the leadership race.
|Party||Party leader||# of|
|1983||Elected||% Change||#||%||% Change|
|Social Credit||Bill Vander Zalm||69||35||47||+34.3%||954,516||49.32%||-0.44%|
|New Democratic||Bob Skelly||69||22||22||-||824,544||42.60%||-2.34%|
|Progressive Conservative||Vacant||12||-||-||-||14,074||0.73 %||-0.43%|
|Western Canada Concept||Doug Christie||1||-||-||-||322||0.02%||-0.84%|
|Source: Elections BC|