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Brothers, Donald

  • CA-BC-BD025
  • Persona
  • November 8, 1923 - February 9, 2017

Donald Brothers was a British Columbian lawyer and politician who belonged to the Social Credit Party. He served as a pilot in the Royal Canadian Air Force in World War II. In 1957 he ran unsuccessfully as a candidate for the federal riding of Kootenay West. The following year, he was elected to the provincial assembly in a by-election. Brothers continued to serve on the provincial cabinet, acting as Minister of Mines and Petroleum Resources and Minister of Education, until his defeat in 1972.

Brodie, Malcolm D.

  • CA-BC-BMD001
  • Persona
  • c. 1949-

Malcolm D. Brodie is the current mayor of Richmond, B.C. He was first elected mayor in 2001, and has been re-elected in 2002, 2005, 2008, 2011, 2014, and 2018, making him the second-longest-serving mayor in Richmond's history.

Bennett, Premier William R.

  • CA-BC-BWR001
  • Persona
  • April 14, 1932 - December 3, 2015

William R. 'Bill' Bennett was the Premier of British Columbia from 1975 to 1986 and served as MLA for Okanagan South from 1973 to 1986. Like his father, Premier W.A.C. Bennett, he was the leader of the Social Credit Party.

Before entering politics, Bennett had achieved success in real estate and other business ventures. His accomplishments as premier included creating the SkyTrain and the Coquihalla Highway, bringing Expo 86 to Vancouver, establishing the BC Winter and Summer Games, and encouraging large-scale developments such as the Northeast coal project. However, his tenure was also marked by minor scandals, economic stagnancy, massive cuts to social services (the "Restraint" program), and a general strike. The BC Securities Commission found him guilty of insider trading in 1996. Bennett's public service was recognized with the Order of British Columbia in 2007.

Bennett was married to Audrey Bennett and they had four children. He died of Alzheimer's disease in 2015 at the age of 83.

Campbell, Gordon

  • CA-BC-CG002
  • Persona
  • b. January 12, 1948

Gordon Campbell is a retired Canadian diplomat and politician. He was the Mayor of Vancouver from 1986 to 1993, the leader of the BC Liberal Party from 1993 to 2011, the Premier of British Columbia from 2001 to 2011, the Canadian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom from 2011 to 2016, and Canada's representative to the Ismaili Imamat from 2014 to 2016.

Doyle, Jim

  • CA-BC-DJ003
  • Persona
  • b. October 28, 1943

Jim Doyle is a British Columbian politician and former MLA. Born in Northern Ireland, he worked in Australia for a time before moving to Canada in 1967. He was elected a municipal councillor for the town of Golden in 1976, re-elected in 1978 and 1980, and served his first run as mayor from 1981 to 1990. During his first few decades of politics he also had a 24-year career with the Canadian Pacific Railway. Doyle became MLA for Columbia River-Revelstoke in 1991 and retained this position through two terms. He served as Minister of Municipal Affairs from 1999 until his election defeat in 2001, with the exception of a brief interlude in 2000 when he was Minister of Forests. After this, Doyle returned to municipal politics and served as mayor of Golden again from 2002 to 2008.

Dosanjh, Ujjal

  • CA-BC-DU001
  • Persona
  • b. September 9, 1947

Ujjal Dev Singh Dosanjh is a Canadian lawyer, politician, and former premier of British Columbia. Born in Punjab, India, he moved to Canada from the UK as a young man and earned a law degree at the University of British Columbia. He was elected in the Vancouver-Kensington riding in 1991 and 1996 as a member of the BC New Democratic Party, and served as the Attorney General of BC from 1995 to 2000. In 1999 he was elected to the leadership of the BC NDP, becoming the first Indo-Canadian provincial leader. He was the Premier of British Columbia from 2000 to 2001. Afterwards he moved on to federal politics, serving as a Liberal MP from 2004 to 2011, during which time he was Minister of Health for two years.

Nebbeling, Ted

  • CA-BC-NT001
  • d. 28 Oct. 2009

Originally from Amsterdam, Holland, Ted immigrated to Canada with his life-partner Jan Holmberg in 1977. After establishing the Scanwich restaurant, catering to business executives in downtown Vancouver they sold the business to their staff and moved to Whistler in 1979. Ted and Jan opened a variety of retail stores in Whistler Village including Gourmet Bakery and Fine Foods, Forget Me Nots, Chef and Baker, Whistler Tops, Ruggers, Berg & Berg and Mucho Macho. Ted began his political career in 1986 when he was elected to Whistler council in 1986, he was re-elected as councilor in 1988 and in 1990 he was elected mayor. He was reelected as mayor in 1993. After ten years in Municipal politics Ted moved on to provincial politics and was elected as the Liberal MLA for West Vancouver-Garibaldi in 1996. Ted was reelected in 2001 and served as Minister of State for Community Charter and Minister of State for the 2010 Winter Olympics. He was part of the delegation in Prague in July 2004 when the 2010 Winter Olympics were awarded to Vancouver and Whistler.

On November 15, 2003 Ted and Jan were married , a few months after same-sex marriage was legalized in BC. At that time, Ted was one of the most senior politicians in the world in a same-sex marriage. It didn't last long, a day later a cabinet shuffle left Ted without a portfolio. Both Ted and the Government stated that the timing was coincidental.

Ted left provincial politics in May 2005. He launched a third bid for mayor in August 2005, but the campaign was unsuccessful.

Ted passed away on 28 Oct 2009.

Reynolds, John Douglas

  • CA-BC-RJD001
  • Persona
  • b. January 19, 1942

John Douglas is a retired Canadian politician. He was first elected to Federal Parliament in 1972 as a Progressive Conservative MP for Burnaby-Richmond-Delta and held this role until resigning in 1977. He entered provincial politics in 1983 as a member of the BC Social Credit Party, serving as an MLA from West Vancouver-Howe Sound from then until 1991. Between 1987 and 1989 he was Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of BC. Douglas returned to Parliament in 1997 as a Reform MP for West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast. In December 2001 he became interim leader of the Canadian Alliance as well as the Leader of the Opposition, holding the former position until March 2002 and the latter until May. Douglas retired from politics in 2006.

Sawicki, Joan

  • CA-BC-SJ003
  • Persona
  • b. September 18, 1945

Joan Marie Sawicki is a former British Columbia politician. She earned a BA in Education in 1968 and worked as a secondary school teacher and land-use consultant before entering politics. In 1987 she served one term on the Burnaby City Council. From 1991 to 2001, she served as an MLA for the BC NDP, representing Burnaby-Willingdon. She held the positions of Speaker of the Legislative Assembly (1992-1994) and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Municipal Affairs (1994-1996) and to the Minister of Environment, Lands, and Parks (1996-1998). In 1999, she herself was named as the Minister of Environment, Lands, and Parks, a position which she held until 2000.

Williams, Bill

  • CA-BC-WB001
  • fl. 1990-2010

Bill Williams, also known as Telalsemkin siyam, is one of sixteen hereditary chiefs of the Squamish Nation. He is very politically active in his community and has held many positions on the Squamish Nation Council including Recreation Director, Councilor, and Band Manager. Formerly he worked as an Aboriginal Management Consultant to various organizations such as Canada Employment and Immigration, the Native Brotherhood of BC, and the BC Native Socio-Economic Task Force. He is one of the original trustees of the Aboriginal Electoral Endowment Trust, and was appointed as its representative on the National Revenue Committee. He has also served as a Director of Administration of the Assembly of First Nations, and as a member of the National Executive of the Aboriginal People's Commission.

Williams is a co-founder of the Uts'am Witness Project, which reconnects urban residents with nature and invites them to participate in a Coast Salish witness ceremony. He is also a member of the Spakwus Slolem, or Eagle Song Dancers.

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