In British Columbia, formal political parties emerged in the 1900s. But before that loosely affiliated political factions provided some coherence to political decisions.
James Douglas was part black, married to an aboriginal woman and headed the Honourable Hudson Bay Company, which was the legal government in British Columbia. He was opposed by Amor De Cosmos who introduced the Chinese Head Tax to Parliament and was linked to labour organizations.
Political factions developed called the Douglas Conservatives and the De Cosmos Reformers. This was the early development of political parties in British Columbia.