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Bennett, Premier William R.

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  • 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.

Dosanjh, Ujjal

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  • 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.

Campbell, Gordon

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  • 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.