Conservative Party

CONSERVATIVE PARTY was one of BC's two dominant political parties, along with the LIBERALS, until the 1950s. It faded as a political force after the 1952 provincial election, eclipsed by the new SOCIAL CREDIT PARTY, and had become moribund by the late 1990s.

The party emerged formally at a 1902 convention in REVELSTOKE; led by Richard McBRIDE, it came to power in an election the following year. Previously MLAs had not formally identified themselves with parties, instead uniting in shifting...

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