Premier Christy Clark issues statement regarding one of British Columbia’s most iconic leaders
Premier Christy Clark issued the following statement on the death of former Premier William (Bill) Bennett after it was announced that the former BC Premier died Thursday night in Kelowna at age 83.
Bennett had been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease for several years.
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, defeating then New Democratic leader Dave Barrett.
Premier Christy Clark:
“As the son of one of British Columbia’s most iconic leaders, Bill Bennett not only emerged from his father’s shadow – he built his own legacy. He will be remembered as one of our greatest and most influential leaders.
“It started with a natural, commanding presence like few others – the kind of person people couldn’t help but notice when he entered the room. Throughout his career, he made an impression on people as a humble man, who believed in public service as a calling. What made him stand out was his focus, commitment to fiscal discipline, and vision for B.C.’s future.
“Perhaps no other Premier did more to modernize our province. He brought the SkyTrain, Canada Place and BC Place to Vancouver, began the Coquihalla Highway project, and expanded our mining and hydro industries. It was only fitting that one of his final acts as Premier was to open Expo 86 – inviting the world to our shores, and welcoming them to the best place on Earth.
“As great as his accomplishments were, he took even more pride in his greatest legacy – his family. My thoughts and prayers are with them at this time.
“For any and all British Columbians who wish to pay tribute to one of our most influential sons, details will be forthcoming in the near future.”