Bill Bennett stepped down as premier before the 1986 election, and Bill Vander Zalm took over. The election was called on September 24 before election day, October 22. CIEA joined with the BCTF, CFF (Pacific Region) and CUFA BC in a campaign that included issue papers, policy summaries, and questions for candidates. Coalition reps met with the Vancouver Sun editorial board, issued press releases and held a news conference. But Vander Zalm won re-election handily, with 47 seats to Bob Skelly’s & the NDP’s 22 (12 new seats all went to SC), and the attack on labour (and education) continued.