Former BC Premier Bill Bennett Dies at 83, Alzheimer’s victim

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Bennett was Social Credit premier of British Columbia from 1975 to 1986

courtesy CBC News         Posted: Dec 04, 2015 2:52 PM PT.

Bill Bennett served as premier of B.C. from 1975 to 1986.

Former B.C. premier Bill Bennett has died at age 83, his family has told CBC News.

Bennett succeeded his father, former premier W.A.C. Bennett as leader of the B.C. Social Credit Party in 1973 and was elected premier in 1975. He went on to win re-election in 1979 and 1983, retiring undefeated in 1986.

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Bill Bennett – Order Of British Columbia

 

Bennett received the Order of British Columbia in 2007, recognizing his work as a leader and builder in the province. (B.C. Government)

Bennett was honoured as a visionary and a builder in 2007 when he received the Order of British Columbia.

He was noted as the leader who brought Expo 86, the SkyTrain, the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre and the Coquihalla Highway to B.C.

At the time, former premier Gordon Campbell praised Bennett as the man who “ushered us into the modern era.”

His family spoke publicly about Bennett’s battle with Alzheimer’s in 2014, when a longtime friend pledged $9.1 million for research on the disease in the former premier’s name.

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News 1130’s John Ackermann talks with Rafe Mair about Bill Bennett

 

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