Former B.C. premier dies at age 83

Former British Columbia premier, Bill Bennett, passed away on Dec. 3. Bennett, who suffered from Alzheimer’s, was 83 years old

Former British Columbia premier, Bill Bennett, passed away on Dec. 3. Bennett, who suffered from Alzheimer’s, was 83 years old.

Bennett was elected premier in 1975 and was re-elected in both 1979 and 1983. He remained in the premier’s office until 1986.

News of Bennett’s illness was made public two years ago. A family friend, Charles Fipke, made a $3 million donation to the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health in Bennett’s name.

Premier Christy Clark took to Twitter to remark on Bennett’s passing.

“Saddened to learn of the passing of former Premier Bill Bennett. My thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time,” she posted.

“Premier Bennett did more than anyone to build and modernize our province, he will be remembered as one of our greatest leaders.”

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also offered his condolences in a statement made on Friday.

“On behalf of all Canadians, Sophie and I offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends and colleagues of former British Columbia premier Bill Bennett,” he said. “He was a very capable and hard-working British Columbian who contributed enormously to his province and to our country. He will be remembered and honoured.”

His political counterparts are remembering Bennett as a visionary, as he was partly responsible for Vancouver’s SkyTrain system, Expo ’86 and the Coquihalla Highway

 

Just Posted

Vehicle stolen from downtown Fernie found torched at transfer station

RCMP are seeking witnesses to the theft of a yellow 2002 Subaru… Continue reading

Rossland council urges minister to kill Jumbo Glacier Resort project

Mayor writes letter panning ski resort on environmental, legal, and economic grounds

Stranded hikers rescued from Mt. Hosmer

On Monday, Fernie Search and Rescue (SAR) responded to two hikers stranded… Continue reading

Teck’s water treatment facility on track for 2020 completion

Teck is on schedule for late 2020 for the completion of their… Continue reading

Barry Marchi’s spirits high as treatment in Seattle continues

Barry Marchi’s spirits are high as he continues treatment in the United… Continue reading

River rescue near Fernie prompts log jam warning

The City of Fernie announced at the beginning of August a dangerous… Continue reading

Black Pistol Fire ignites Wapiti festival crowd

Off stage, Kevin McKeown is a calm, collected individual. On stage, he… Continue reading

Clean the house, prep for your next trip: Tips to nix the post-vacation blues

48 per cent of travellers are already stressed about ‘normal life’ while still on their trip

More women may need breast cancer gene test, U.S. guidelines say

Recommendations aimed at women who’ve been treated for BRCA-related cancers and are now cancer-free

Couple could go to jail for taking 88 lbs. of Italian sand

Pair said they didn’t know it was illegal to take the sand, which is protected as a public good

Bodies of two missing Surrey men found near Ashcroft: RCMP

Ryan Provencher and Richard Scurr have been missing since July 17

B.C. manhunt suspects left cellphone video before they died: family

Family member says Kam McLeod, Bryer Schmegelsky recorded final wishes

VIDEO: RCMP unveil new, state-of-the-art forensics lab

The laboratory is expected to handle thousands of forensic services from across Canada annually

Most Read